Congratulations to Kayce Duvall, Jayme Sifferman and Kevin Stander. They signed last week to play college basketball. [Read more...]
The Republic Lady Tigers struggled against the full-court pressure of top-ranked Webb City, and ended their season with a loss in the sectional round of the playoffs, 60-34. From the beginning, the Lady Cardinals used stifling full-court pressure to force turnovers and get easy baskets. After the Lady Tigers took a 3-2 lead, Webb City rattled off 17 points in a row. They led 23-6 at the end of the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter was the lone bright spot for Republic. They fought back to close the gap to 13 at one point, and trailed by 14 at the half, 33-19.
But Webb City dominated in the 2nd half, building a 20-point lead through three quarters, and outscoring Republic 14-8 in the final period.
Senior Kayce Duvall was the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers, with 9 points. Courtney Gardner had 6, Sarah Kreul had 5, and Kyla Fieth and Jayme Sifferman scored 4 apiece.
Webb City got 16 points from Kaitlin Jaeger, 15 from Halley Roderique and 14 from Kyndal Clark.
Webb City improves to 27-1. Republic ends its season at 12-13.
The Republic Lady Tigers used a swarming defense to force the tempo and run away from Cassville in the district semifinal game Wednesday, 53-37. Courtney Gardner scored 11 points in the first quarter, and Kayce Duvall scored 5, as Republic jumped out to a 16-4 lead after the first period. They continued to pressure Cassville defensively in the second quarter, and turned several turnovers into easy buckets. The Lady Tigers led 32-14 at halftime.
Republic extended the lead to 20 points in the 3rd quarter, but Cassville cut the lead to 12 at one point, behind a strong performance by senior Hannah Elkins. Elkins finished with 17, and kept Cassville in the game until a final run in the 4th quarter sealed the victory for Republic.
Gardner and Duvall each scored 14 points for Republic. Kyra Ramsey had 9, Elle Aston had 6, and Alex Botkin and Sarah Kreul scored 2 apiece. Jayme Sifferman, back from a knee injury, scored 2 points for the Lady Tigers.
Republic moves into the district final, where they’re play the #1 seed, McDonald County. The Lady Tigers improved their record to 11-13. Cassville ends its season at 17-11.
Republic used strong defense to force multiple turnovers for Neosho, as they jumped out to a big lead early. The Lady Tigers led 17-4 after one quarter, and 35-10 at halftime.
Nine Lady Tigers scored, led by Duvall’s 26 points. Payton Rayl and Courtney Gardner scored 8; Kyra Ramsey scored 6; Alex Botkin and Sarah Kreul had 4 apiece; Brooke Dutton and Kyla Fieth each added 3; and Elle Aston had 2.
Before the game, Republic honored its four seniors: Duvall, Aston, Gardner, and Jayme Sifferman.
The Lady Tigers trailed by eight points early in the third quarter, but used a 14-4 run to take the lead as time expired at the end of the period, 35-34. They stretched the lead to four points at 40-36, but Glendale went on an 8-1 run to grab the lead again, and they never trailed again. Republic closed to within one point in the final 90 seconds, but Glendale held off the Lady Tigers’ late charge.
Republic had one last chance, trailing by three with about :07 remaining, when Glendale missed a free throw. But the Lady Tigers were called for traveling as they tried to rush the ball up the court for a final shot.
Kayce Duvall led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 9 points. Kyra Ramsey had 7, and Jayme Sifferman and Courtney Gardner had 6 apiece.
The loss puts Republic’s record at 6-8. Glendale is 10-6.
The Republic Lady Tigers clawed their way back from a 10-point deficit to force overtime at Marshfield Monday, before falling in overtime 58-57. Republic trailed 33-23 late in the 3rd quarter. They used a frenzied full-court press to get back in the game, and took the lead with :38 left on a layup by Elle Aston, 48-47. But Marshfield hit a free throw with :15 remaining in regulation to tie the game, and Sarah Kreul missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.
In overtime, Marshfield jumped ahead 53-50 before Courtney Gardner tied it with a 3-pointer. After a Marshfield free throw, Gardner hit another 3-pointer to make the lead 56-54. But from that point, Republic missed five of six free throws, including two by Payton Rayl with :06 remaining. The Lady Tigers rebounded the second miss, but a three-point attempt by Gardner rattled in and out, and Sarah Kreul’s hurried follow-up shot failed to fall, giving Marshfield a 58-57 win.
Gardner led Republic in scoring with 19 points. Jayme Sifferman had 10. Sarah Kreul provided a key spark off the bench to get the Lady Tigers back in the game in the 2nd half, and she finished with 8. Elle Aston added seven points to go along with some important defensive plays during the Lady Tigers’ run. Kyra Ramsey had 6 points, Kayce Duvall had 5, and Payton Rayl had 2.
Jessie Bruton had 15 points to lead the Lady Jays. Amanda Gourley had 13.
Nixa used a big size advantage to dominate inside on both ends of the floor, especially early. Randa Raper, the 5’10″ Nixa forward, had 10 points in the first quarter. Republic’s only points of the first quarter came on a 3-pointer by Kayce Duvall, and Nixa led 16-3 after one period.
The Republic offense got going in the 2nd quarter, but still had no answer for Raper and 6’2″ Regan Peltier inside. At halftime, Nixa led 34-13.
Things didn’t get any better in the 2nd half, as Nixa ran its lead to 49-22 after three periods, before finishing with a 26-point victory.
Peltier had 17 points to lead all scorers for Nixa. Raper had 14, and Emily Walker added 10.
For Republic, Kayce Duvall was the leading scorer with 9 points. Payton Rayl had 8. Alex Botkin added 6. Elle Aston had 4, and Courtney Gardner, Kyla Feith and Jayme Sifferman had 3 apiece.
The Lady Tigers were winners in the JV game, 55-35.
The Republic Lady Tigers opened their new gym with a bad case of nerves Monday night — but they got it turned around in a big way, and cruised to victory over Willard, 55-42. Republic fell behind to Willard 9-0, before whipping of a long run from about the three-minute mark of the first quarter. They outscored Willard 24-5 to take a 24-14 lead into the break.
Jayme Sifferman was the first Lady Tiger to score a varsity point in the new gym. Her bucket and free throw put Republic on the board for the first time, and started the early run that made the difference in the game. After Sifferman made it 9-3, Elle Aston hit one free throw. She missed the second, but Kyla Feith grabbed the rebound, hit a layup, and was fouled. She hit her free-throw, and in just a few seconds, the score was 9-7.
Republic trailed 9-7 after one quarter. But a three-pointer by Kayce Duvall and a layup by Courtney Gardner gave Republic its first lead with about 5:00 left in the half. The Lady Tigers never trailed again. They outscored Willard 31-5 in a run that stretched all the way into the second half.
Duvall led Republic with 19 points. Courtney Gardner scored 8. Elle Aston and Kyla Feith had 7 apiece. Jayme Sifferman scored 5 points, Payton Rayl had 5, and Kyra Ramsey had 3.
Earlier in the night, the freshmen had beaten Nixa 53-16 to christen the new arena. Kayla Bartelsmeyer scored the first-ever bucket in the new facility.
The JV team beat Willard 58-34.
Willard had four players in double-figures, including Sammie Gathercole with 18 points, as they edged Republic in the Pink & White Tournament consolation bracket, 58-52. [Read more...]