The Lady Tigers scored just 17 points in the first quarter against Rogersville Wednesday night. But they reeled off 18 points in the next four minutes to run away from the Wildcats on Senior Night, 76-44. The Lady Tigers used a huge third quarter, outscoring Rogersville 18-4, to cement the victory.
Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Tigers, including Jordan Kabetske, Jade Sawyer, and Brooke Stanfield, who each had 12. Tori Taylor scored ten.
Taylor was one of three seniors to be honored before the game, alongside classmates Micah Mansker and Michayla Shanks.
“It’s been good to have them for four years, but I’ve had them more or less the last two, two-and-a-half years [at the varsity level],” says coach Kris Flood. “They’ve all contributed in different ways, on and off the floor–with leadership, then with their play on the floor. That’s why we’ve been able to have a lot of success.
“Hopefully we can stretch out their career here a little bit longer. I’d like to go another two or three weeks here and have a memory here that…they won’t forget.”
Mansker and Shanks each had eight points for the Lady Tigers. Brylee Argo added seven, Logan Flood and Lexis Ladwig scored three each, and Taylor Fergen added one.
The Grace Place Players of the Game are the Lady Tiger seniors! Michayla Shanks, Tori Taylor, and Micah Mansker combined for 26 points. They’ve also been a part of the basketball program during one of its most succesful runs ever, dating back to a 2012 state championship, when they were freshmen.
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In the first quarter, Rogersville stayed close by crashing the boards and getting second-chance points. The defense helped turn the tide in the second quarter, as the Lady Tigers had success in their full-court press. They built their lead to 39-29 at half.
Republic finishes its regular season with a 22-3 record. They open district play next Monday against either Joplin or Willard in Republic.