LINDSBORG — The Bethany College women are climbing at the same time Tabor is falling.
The Swedes moved into a third-place tie in the KCAC on Saturday by routing the struggling Bluejays 73-56 at Hahn Gym.
Bethany, Saint Mary, Sterling and Kansas Wesleyan are all 11-7 in the KCAC, a game out of second place as Oklahoma Wesleyan is 12-6. Friends is 16-2 and it doesn’t appear anybody is going to catch it.
Bethany led 12-2 early and it was 36-23 at half as Tabor sank to 10-8 in the KCAC with its fifth straight loss and is only 13-11 overall. The Bluejays have fallen to seventh after being in second not too long ago.
Canton-Galva product Cassidy Enns was immense with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Swedes. Samirah Miller added 15 more points and emerging reserve Halei Wortham tallied 10.
Taylor Deniston led Tabor with 15.
• TABOR MEN 81, BETHANY 79 — The Swedes are out of the playoff picture, but you’d never know it by how hard they played.
They stormed back from 18 points down in the second half to put a scare into the defending KCAC champs, but the rally came up just short.
Bethany was down 63-45 with just under 11 minutes to play, but put on a blazing rally to nearly pull it out.
Bethany couldn’t stop Tabor star Julian Winton, who exploded for 34 points and 13 rebounds. Tyler Larkin tallied 22 for the Swedes, with Mookie Duncan and Isiah Saenz added 13 apiece.
Bethany is in last place in the KCAC at 3-15 and is 7-19 overall.
Both Bethany teams have tough tasks on Wednesday when they head to Bartlesville to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan. Bethany then is back home on Saturday to play Saint Mary before going on the road for two games the final week against Southwestern and Sterling College.