Bek Surpasses Scoring Mark in District Win

You might have thought Kaemyn Bekemeier had run out of Republic scoring records to break. But she reached another milestone with an unofficial record Thursday night.

Bekemeier scored 16 points in Republic’s win over Joplin Thursday, giving her 2,236 career points. That surpasses the 2,225 career points scored by Republic Tiger Sports Hall of Famer Howard Arndt, a star on the 1963 Class M state championship team who was a high school All-American and went on to play basketball at the University of Kansas.

Bekemeier is the Lady Tigers’ all-team leading scorer and rebounder, and also holds the career record for free throws made. In addition, she holds the single-game records in all three of those categories, and the single-season record for scoring and free throws.

Bekemeier has 623 points this season, just 16 short of her own single-season scoring record from last year.

Editor’s Note: The original version of this story originally listed Arndt’s career record as 2,220, which is the number of points Bekemeier had before Thursday’s game.


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