Jays win big over Tigers, Swedes

Jurnee Reid scores during the first quarter against Bethany Wednesday. Reid led all scorers with 14 points in Tabor?s 56-28 win.After handily defeating Bethany earlier in the week, the 17th-ranked Tabor College women took a break from KCAC play at Central Christian Saturday.

The Bluejays cruised to an 82-47 victory to improve to 18-6 overall.

Tena Loewen scored the game?s only field goal in the first five minutes. Tabor took a 5-2 lead, but Central Christian jumped in front, 8-7. Taylor Hurd made a three-pointer, and Kaleigh Troxell, a two-pointer, to give Tabor a 12-8 lead at the first break.

Scoring picked up in the second quarter. Loewen scored to ignite an 8-0 run over the first 2:15. The Bluejays increased their lead to 32-17 when Kayla Wilgers scored on a traditional three-point play, and by the time Taylor Deniston drained a trey with 1:40 left in the half, Tabor led, 40-21. The Tigers scored the final four points at the free-throw line, bringing it to 40-25 at halftime.

Tabor outscored the Tigers, 20-3, after intermission for a 60-28 margin. Central Christian put together a string of five points before Tabor ended the quarter with a 5-0 run. The Bluejays led, 65-33, at the final break.

Tabor continued to build its advantage, and led by as much as 82-43 when Taylor Mires scored with 1:18 to play. When the final buzzer sounded, Tabor led by 35.

The Bluejays shot around 45 percent from the field (29-64), while limiting Central Christian to around 23 percent (13-57).

Jurnee Reid led all scorers with 14 points. Loewen added 12, and Hurd, 10.

Bethany?Tabor rolled to a 56-28 victory over the Swedes Wednesday when Bethany struggled for offense.

The Swedes couldn?t seem to buy a bucket, shooting a chilly 18 percent from the field in the game (9-49), including an ice cold 8 percent in the first half (2-24).

Tabor had its share of offensive struggles too, shooting 28 percent from the field in the first half (8-29), but improving to 55 percent (16-29) after the break.

?You?re going to have games like that, but at least we played defense,? coach Shawn Reed said. ?(Offensively), we weren?t moving, the ball wasn?t moving, we were dribbling too much, we were turning the ball over, in the first half in particular.?

The Bluejays built a 7-2 lead but did not score again until five minutes had passed. Jurnee Reid and Mallory Zuercher ended the first period with a pair of baskets for an 11-6 Tabor advantage. Bethany made just one field goal and four free throws in the period.

Bethany scored its first and only points of the second quarter 27 seconds in then went ice cold from the floor. Tabor took advantage with an 11-0 run to end the half. Kayla Wilgers hit a pair of threes 60 seconds apart to aid the burst, and the Bluejays led, 22-8, at halftime.

Tabor enjoyed another 11-0 run to start the third quarter. Bethany made its third field goal at the 5:11 mark to end a 14-minute drought. The third quarter ended with Tabor leading comfortably, 35-15.

The Bluejays outscored Bethany, 10-3, to start the fourth quarter. Reid capped the run with two baskets, putting Tabor in front, 45-18. Reed cleared his bench in the final minutes, and Tabor cruised to the 28-point win.

?We were getting more interior touches,? Reed said. ?We moved the ball along the baseline a couple times for some nice shots. We got some penetration (and) more shots around the rim.?

Reid led all scorers with 14 points.

Coming?Tabor (14-0, 18-6) will play at Oklahoma Wesleyan (10-5, 16-9), a team receiving votes, Thursday at 6 p.m. The Bluejays will travel to McPherson (7-8, 10-15) Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.

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