Republic basketball gets two Senior Night wins

Republic Lady Tigers 59 Nixa 49 Two underclassmen
came up big to honor the seniors on the Lady Tigers’ basketball roster, helping Republic to a 59–49 win over rival Nixa on Senior Night. Sophomore Clara Fronabarger scored a career-high 21 points and junior Jade Kirby added 12 for the Lady Tigers, who jumped ahead in the first quarter to take control and held on the rest of the way. Kirby scored ten of her points in the first quarter as the Lady Tigers built a 19–10 lead after one period. Republic outscored Nixa 15–6 in the second quarter to grab a commanding 34–16 lead at halftime.
“That first half was huge. We came out with a lot of emotion and got out of the gate,” said coach Kris Flood. “That was a huge key. We hit some shots early. We were getting some stops on defense, and we
kind of built on that.” Before the game, Republic honored seniors Halli Bartelsmeyer, Anna Bell, and Avylina Powell- Qualo. Their season hasn’t gone entirely according to plan because of a season- ending injury to Powell- Qualo, but Flood said they have done a good job of
adjusting as leaders. “Everyone has remained positive. Avylina has re- mained positive. She’s at practices and she’s right there sitting by the coaches by the bench, and she’s into the game. I think Halli and Anna have done a real good job (of) keeping everyone together,” he said.
Scoring
Clara Fronabarger 21, Jade Kirby 12, Halli Bartelsmeyer 11, Shealyn Barrett 9, Anna Bell 4, Jazzy Kirby 2
Republic Tigers 62 Nixa 56 On Senior Night, senior
Broc Smith scored 26 points. But it was senior Trent Rackley who hit the
biggest shot of the night. Rackley emerged from a shooting slump with a three-pointer from the corner to give Republic a four-point lead in the final two minutes, and the Tigers hung on for a 62–56 win over Nixa.
The play wouldn’t have been possible except for the composure of Race Looney, who slipped to one knee, kept his dribble, and fired the ball to Rackley in the corner as he fell down.
“At first I was like, ‘I hope they don’t call a walk [on Looney].’ Then I was like like, ‘They didn’t call a walk. Oh, I’m wide open. I’m about to hit this shot,’” Rackley said.
Rackley raised up without hesitation, despite some recent shooting trouble–but he said he knew he was going to let it fly. “It felt good to finally see one go through the hole,” he said.
The win kept Republic unbeaten in the Central Ozark Conference. The
Tigers overcame a seven- point first-half deficit to pull out the victory. Republic outscored Nixa 33–22 in the second half. Smith scored 15 of his 26 after halftime.
Smith, Rackley, Cole Buxton, and Jaden Duvall were the four seniors rec- ognized during the Senior Night ceremony. Brown said they will always be special to him as his first senior class at Republic.
“Those guys have been great. They’ve all kind of starred in their role. When you have seniors that ac- cept their role and star in their role and kind of set the tone, it makes it easier to coach the rest of the basketball team,” said Brown. They were a class that accepted me with open arms.”
Scoring
Broc Smith 26, Race Looney 13, Drew McMil- lin 11, Trent Rackley 5, Joe Rexroat 3, Tucker Thomas 2, Jaden Duvall 2

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