Bishop Neumann Girls Basketball

IN THE HUDDLE: Bishop Neumann players rally around Head Coach Jason Simons before the start of the second half on Dec. 20 against the Omaha Gross Catholic Cougars.  The Cavaliers beat the Cougars 66-33 and then came back on Friday to beat Omaha Skutt Catholic 51-42.  (Staff Photos by Lisa Brichacek)

OMAHA – The sixth-ranked Bishop Neumann girls basketball team notched a pair of wins over Class B schools last week, including a nine-point road win against second-ranked Omaha Skutt Catholic on Dec. 21.

Prior to playing the Skyhawks, the Cavaliers cruised to a 66-33 home win over Omaha Gross Catholic on Dec. 18.

The Cavaliers dominated play against the overmatched Cougars.

Neumann limited Gross to just two points in the first quarter and eight first half points while rolling to their biggest win of the season.

The Cavaliers shot the ball extremely well and scored 40 points in the second half.

Neumann sank 12 three-pointers and shot better than 50 percent from the field.

Junior Lindsey Thiele appears all the way back from an early season injury after scoring a season-high 20 points and pulling down five rebound against the Cougars.

Senior Taylor Stuhr sank all three of her 3-point attempts while adding 11 points and eight rebounds.

Seniors Alyssa Rezac and Kelsie Cada combined for 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

The Cavaliers got off to a fast offensive start against the Skyhawks and then pulled away in the third quarter for a 51-42 win in Omaha.

Neumann led 17-13 after one quarter, but were limited to just six second quarter points and went into the locker room tied at 23 with the Skyhawks.

Neumann played extremely well in the third quarter and outscored the home team 21-10 to take an 11-point lead into the final eight minutes.

Solid half-court defense limited the Skyhawks in the final quarter and Neumann was able to hang on for the nine-point win.

Thiele and Cada led the Cavaliers on the offensive end of the floor. Cada scored a career-high 18 points and added six rebounds and three steals.

Thiele added 17 points on the strength of five made 3-pointers.

Neumann’s next action will come in the Wahoo Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 against the 6-1 Seward Bluejays.

Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Wahoo High School.

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