#3: The Streak

83With five senior starters back from a state championship season, all eyes were on Republic’s varsity girls to start the basketball season. So it took a few weeks for people to notice that, accounting for every team, the Lady Tigers were in the middle of one of the most successful seasons in Missouri history.

Combined with the 7th and 8th graders, the wins mounted for the Lady Tigers. Twenty in a row. Forty. The streak blew past 60 as the middle school teams wrapped up their seasons without a loss.

On February 2, the freshmen capped a 17-0 season by beating Ozark for a third time, running the streak to 76 in a row. The JV team ended its undefeated season against Ozark to make the streak 83 on February 14. That’s when a cold shooting night finally caught up to the Lady Tigers.

In the follow-up game that night against Ozark, Republic failed to hit a three-pointer in the 1st half, and leading scorer Alice Heinzler was shut out by stifling defense. Heinzler caught fire in the 2nd half to get Republic back into the lead, but Ozark drained a couple of long-range shots in succession to regain control, and went on to record a 53-46 win.

At the time head coach Kris Flood was philosophical about the loss. ““It will help us, I think, in the long run,” he says. “The only thing I’m concerned about, we’ve got to turn around and play another good team (Dexter) Saturday…Hopefully we can rebound and not let this one start a streak the other way.”

Republic did rebound against Dexter, knocking off the state-ranked Lady Bearcats in Heinzler’s best performance yet. They closed out the regular season without another loss, before falling to #2 ranked West Plains in the district championship game.

Still, the story of the Lady Tigers and their winning streak — which actually reached 89, stretching back to the end of last season — dominated the Republic sports landscape for two solid months. For that, you voted their story #3 on our list of top ten Republic Tiger Sports stories.

Share

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email
Allstate Agent Jessy Pritchett – Ask about Drivewise, to help you drive safer and lower your cost.
Farr Better Plumbing – For residential, commercial, or emergency service, they’re your plumber in Republic.
Destiny Church – Creating a revolution through serving.
Yocum Automotive -Republic’s home for complete auto service and computer diagnostics.
Agent Sarah Rader – Save money by combining your home and auto insurance with State Farm.
Mid-Missouri Bank – Click to follow us on Facebook!
VisionHealth Eye Center – Outstanding eye care. Exceptional eyewear!
Old Towne Event Center – The home of your next great event, right here in Republic.
The Bank of Missouri – Your hometown bank supporting the home team!
Black Lab Coffee – Be the Change. Coffee. Breakfast. Lunch. Catering. Delivery. (Previously Heroes Coffee)
Rocco’s Italian Kitchen – Pizza. Pasta. Perfection.
Central Gas Propane – Locally owned, community involved. Call them at 725-3833.
Pinegar Chevrolet – Pick Pinegar every time!
Southern Sun Electric – Call (417) 865-6377 for your electrical needs.
Heady BBQ Company – Home of the famous Pig Nasty Sandwich!
Farmers Insurance – The Nathan Dixon Agency has a game plan for all your insurance needs.
Absolute Roofing – Click for info on Republic’s roofer.
Hines Street Pharmacy – Your locally owned neighborhood pharmacy.
Kris Yocum – Republic’s State Farm Insurance Agent
Back To Top

Get Republic's Sports Magazine delivered direct to your mailbox.

Subscribe
now

2019-20

Republic Tiger Sports is a one-of-a-kind magazine full of glossy photos, feature stories and interviews, and more. And it’s 100% about Republic. Subscribing to the magazine is one of the best ways to support continuing Republic Tiger Sports coverage, and you can do that now for less than $2 a month.