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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lady Bulldogs look to shake off losses

  • Following a disappointing two-loss showing at their home classic this past weekend, the Lady Bulldog basketball squad is looking to bounce back as they play their first conference game since mid-December.
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  • Following a disappointing two-loss showing at their home classic this past weekend, the Lady Bulldog basketball squad is looking to bounce back as they play their first conference game since mid-December.
    Mac will square off with a red-hot Tabor College squad tonight in Hillsboro. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The MC Classic started with McPherson playing Dakota State University on Friday.
    After trailing for the first few minutes, the Lady 'Dogs put together 11 straight to go up eight with just under 12 to play in the half.
    With a bucket in the final 20 seconds, the Trojans took the lead at 29-28 which is where it stayed through halftime.
    The Lady T's came out of the locker room and quickly pushed their lead to double-digits.
    It took them until the 10-minute mark but the Bulldogs tied things up at 44-44. After going back-and-forth, Dakota State was up by one with just over two minutes to play.
    After missed shots and turnovers by both teams, Mac's Bailey Brown scored to put the 'Dogs ahead one with 22 seconds left.
     Following a timeout, DSU came down and nearly threw the ball away but a last-second fling found its way through with no time remaining, giving them a 54-53 victory.
    In game number two for MC, they faced Haskell Indian Nations University for the second time this season. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 59-58 in Lawrence.
    The shooting woes for McPherson trickled over from the day before as they couldn't hit a basket, letting the three-point shooting Indians take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.
    HINU quickly got ahead by double figures to start the second period.
     McPherson would get as close as five but never were able to get the lead back, losing a very low-scoring 48-42 contest.
    The Lady Bulldogs only attempted 16 shots in the second half, making five which included a pair of threes. They converted on 9-of-16 from the stripe. Haskell Indian Nations knocked in 9-of-28 with two three balls and just one free throw going through.
    Scouting Tabor
    The 8-6 Lady Blue Jay squad is one of the hottest in the conference as of late.
    They've won five-straight games and seven of their last eight with the lone loss coming to KCAC opponent Kansas Wesleyan back in early December.
    In the pair of games they played over the break, Tabor took out a couple of Heart of America schools in Missouri Valley College and Baker University. Both contests were decided by a bucket as they defeated MVC 66-64 and BU 79-76.
    Tabor is making over 40 percent of their field goals this season and average 71 points an outing with a positive scoring margin of 2.6.
    Page 2 of 2 - They have made 102 three-point baskets thus far, making over seven a contest while connecting on 31.4 percent of their attempts.
    The Jays average 35.7 rebounds each time they hit the court but have been outrebounded in most of their contests. They net 13.4 assists, 16.2 turnovers, 7.9 steals and less than one block a game.
    Three TC players are averaging over 10 points a game. Leading the way is Tonisha Dean who tabs 12.7. She has made a team leading 46 free throws and has started each game this season.
    Janelle Rust is narrowly behind Dean as she totals 12.6 and has a team-high 60 made field goals on the year. She is the squad's leading rebounder with 5.1 an outing and has also started every contest.
    Nikki Lewis has played a team most 433 minutes as she buckets 11.2 points per game.  She's made 26 from behind the arc and has a team-high 87 assists for the season.

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