Posted: Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:50AM

Winning a tradition for the Republic girls

The Republic High School girls basketball program has a rich history with three state championships, including the class four title last season.

This year, all levels of Lady Tigers are making their mark.  From 7th grade all the way to the varsity the Republic girls won their first 83 games of this season before the varsity eventually fell to class 5 Ozark.
The coaching staff is a big reason for the continuity and success from top to bottom.  Megan Jewell led the 7th grade group to a perfect 15-0 season.  Brandon Joines took the 8th grade squad to an equally impressive 15-0. 
"A unique thing about this group is that they have the dedication and hard work that makes them all better," said Joines.

The success continues with the freshman squad who went 17-0 under Coach Sara Barnhart.  This group has yet to lose a game in the past three seasons.

Tori Mooneyham, a Republic grad, was part of the very first Lady Tigers state championship in 1994.

"They kind of get a taste of it and they want to be a part of it too," said Mooneyham.
All streaks must come to an end however, and it was Thursday night that the varsity gilrls fell 53-46 to visiting Republic.  Despite the loss, varsity head coach Kris Flood, who owns two of Republic's three titles wasn't phased.
"It's fantastic, but as I told the girls streaks are meant to end and unfortunately it came to an end tonight," said Flood.

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