The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 28, 2014

Ozark Christian coach's school scoring record eclipsed

Ozark Christian College women’s basketball coach Tab Hall absorbed a real “hit” over the weekend.

Don’t be alarmed, though. It was only the shattering of her scoring record at Kentucky Christian University.

Hall started the season as the Knights’ career scoring leader with 2,046 during a remarkable success story with the NCCAA Division II school located at Grayson in eastern Kentucky.

But Tanya Bowens, who entered Saturday’s game against Johnson University at Knoxville (Tenn.) with 2,036, erased the record with a career-best 42-point salvo.

Bowens, a 5-foot-7 senior from Lawrence County High School in Louisa (Ky.), added 30 on Monday night. Bowens twice has been the NCCAA Division II Player of the Year.

“It’s exciting for her,” Hall said Monday. “Congratulations to her. Maybe we’ll meet at the nationals (scheduled at OCC) later this year. It was wonderful to hold a record for so long.”

Kentucky Christian coach Ron Arnett, who mentored both players, noted that Hall has 613 assists, second all-time for the Knights, and Bowens is approaching 600.

“They are different types of players,” Arnett told Kentucky Christian sports information director Jeffrey Huff.  “Tabitha (also 5-6) was strong, could post up, shoot the 3, and hit the mid-range shot.

“Tanya can shoot the 3, or hit the mid-range shot, but she gets to the basket better than any player in Lady Knight history.

“Both could create their own jump shot off the dribble,” Arnett said. “Where Tabitha was stronger than most players who opposed her, Tanya is quicker and faster. Both are exceptional athletes and deserve the recognition.”

Hall, who prepped at Alliance (Ohio) Marlington, was a four-year stalwart for the Knights and did not win the nationals only as a freshman. She was the most valuable player in the nationals the three championship years.

Sister Rebekah and brothers Nathan (just one season) and Benjamin also played basketball at Kentucky Christian.

Hall, who’s in her third year at OCC, had the Ambassadors seeking a fifth win on Tuesday night at Wentworth of Lexington. Mo.

“We’re improving daily,” Hall said. “The addition of three players (Becca Bowland, Whitney Matlack, McKenna Thompson) at semester has strengthened our team. They’ve improved our basketball skills and IQ as well as depth.”

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