Republic Lady Tigers win two of three games at weekend tournament

Republic won its first two games at the Stephanie Phillips Classic in Springfield, beating Central and Hartville before losing in the championship game to Rolla.
vs. Central...
In the opener, the Lady Tigers came close to setting a new school record for rebounds in a game. Republic hauled down 42 boards, one shy of the 30-year-old record set against Cassville in 1989. Republic also forced 20 turnovers against Central in a 53-45 win to open the tournament.
Freshman Kaemyn Bekemeier led Republic with 14 points, including nine in the final period. Savana Powell-Goodman scored 10 points.
“We had made [rebounding] as one of our emphases. We definitely on the defensive end limit their shots... but we talked about the way they play their zone, we could maybe get some second opportunities,” said coach Kris Flood. “We needed it tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter. We just kind of did enough and held on ... when they made that run at us. We just had enough there and had some key baskets.”
Republic led by 14 points at halftime, but saw the lead dwindle to just four when Central cut the lead to 47- 43 in the fourth quarter. But Bekemeier scored five straight points to help secure the win.
Republic Individual Scoring
Kaemyn Bekemeier 14, Savana Powell-Goodman 10, Jazzy Kirby 9, Delaney Smith 6, Jade Kirby 6, Kaitlyn Ragsdale 5, Shealyn Barrett 2
vs. Hartville...
Friday against Hartville, three different players scored in double figures, led by Jade Kirby and Bekemeier with 15 apiece. Savana Powell-Goodman added 12.
Republic scored 10 straight points at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second to grab the lead for good. Hartville made the game close again near the end of the second quarter, but Republic scored 13 straight to end the half.
In the second half, Hart- ville never managed to get the lead under 10 points.
Republic Scoring
Kaemyn Bekemeier 15, Jade Kirby 15, Jazzy Kirby 7, Shealyn Barrett 6, Kaitlyn Ragsdale 3, Carle Ward 2
vs. Rolla...
In the tournament’s Brown Division championship game, Republic com- mitted18turnoversagainst Rolla in a 41-32 loss. The Lady Tigers never got their offense untracked, falling behind 13-8 after the first quarter and trailing 22-15 at halftime. In the third quarter, Republic’s defense held Rolla in check, but the Lady Tigers couldn’t take advantage at the offensive end of the floor.
“In the third quarter ... we were getting some stops [and] had some opportunities,” Flood said. “We had a series of turnovers there that kind of hurt us. It was just really tough to get points.”
Republic also missed nine free throws, just one day after they’d made 16 of 18 attempts against Hartville.
The Lady Tigers finished the tournament with a 3-2 overall record. They’re off until the Pink & White Lady Classic after Christmas.
Republic Scoring
Savana Powell-Goodman 11, Kaemyn Bekemeier 6, Delaney Smith 6, Jazzy Kirby 3, Jade Kirby 2, Kaitlyn Ragsdale 2, Shealyn Barrett 2


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