YORK – York had its hands full Tuesday night as the Panthers hosted Tabor College, ranked 12 in the NAIA Division II Coaches’ Poll. The Bluejays showed why they are ranked where they are with an impressive 68-50 win over the host Panthers.
York trailed by as many as 11 in the first quarter before a 7-1 run ended the quarter with the Panthers only down by five 20-15. Kendall Fike (SO/Ada, OK) scored a short jumper in the lane, followed by Sofia McGee (FR/El Paso, Texas) scoring a jumper at the top of the key. With two seconds remaining Justine Manjarrez (SR/Montebello, CA) threw up an off balanced three-point attempt that cashed to end the quarter.
The second quarter the Bluejays defense picked up and held York to single digit scoring in the 15-9 advantage. York struggled from the field shooting just 36%, while Tabor shot 50%.
Tabor picked up the beginning of the second half where they left off, using back door cuts and quick passes to get behind the Panthers’ defense. Tabor’s ball movement was evident as they finished with 23 assists on 28 made field goals. Morgan Ediger led the Bluejays with 17 points as she was 7-of-9 from the field.
York changed up their game plan in the second half and forced the ball in low to the block to try to make easier baskets, or draw the foul. York’s plan worked as they field goal percentage jumped to 55% for the second half. However, eight turnovers and a rebounding advantage to the Bluejays kept the Panthers chasing on the scoreboard the rest of the game. York had 21 rebounds to 36 by Tabor.
Ve’a Gauta (FR/Anaheim, CA) and Ciara Williams (JR/San Diego, CA) were the team’s leading scorer’s with 11 points each. Kelsey Sharkey (SR/Lakeview, SD) was the leading distributor as she picked up four assists.
York has a week off for Thanksgiving break before hitting the road to Ottawa, Kansas on Nov. 29. York is currently 3-6 on the season and still looking for their first conference win.