Republic allowed just 14 points in the second half to pull away from Columbia Hickman in a 58-45 road win Saturday. It was the fourth win in five games for the Lady Tigers, who started the season 2-6.
“I think it’s finally clicking a little bit,” says coach Kris Flood. “We’ve talked about in practice, we don’t have to score on the first or second pass. We can run the offense a little bit and still get those good looks.”
The Lady Tigers did that in the first half, but cold shooting by Republic allowed Hickman to build a 31-26 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Flood switched to a zone defense, packed in tight to control Hickman’s 6’3” and 6’4” post players.
“We went in a zone and it slowed them down a little bit. We controlled the tempo,” Flood says. “In the fourth quarter, we went back to man-to-man, but the girls took it up a level. We were real calm on our possessions and ran some clock, and when we did try to score, it was good choices.”
Brylee Manes, Halli Bartelsmeyer, and Avy Powell-Qualo each scored in double figures, with Manes leading the way. Manes put together a 6-0 run all by herself in the second half, stealing the ball on three possessions and turning all three steals into layups.
Republic improves to 5-7. The Lady Tigers open conference play at Carl Junction tonight.
Farr Better Player of the Game
Brylee Manes led Republic in scoring, but it was her second-half defense that really stood out. Manes converted three consecutive steals into six easy points, helping Republic pull away down the stretch. She’s our Farr Better Player of the Game.
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