WAHOO – The fourth-ranked Bishop Neumann Cavaliers lost for the first time this season on Saturday in Hastings against the second-ranked Hastings St. Cecila Bluehawks.
The 2-1 finish last week moved the Cavaliers record to 4-1 on the season.
Neumann survived an off shooting night against Aquinas on Dec. 11 to pull out the 45-38 win over the Monarchs.
The Cavaliers led the entire game, 10-7 after one quarter and 23-15 at the half. They were able to keep the Monarchs at bay with solid halfcourt defense.
Neumann made just 17 of their 42 field goal attempts including 4-of-20 from behind the 3-point line.
Senior Taylor Stuhr had her best game in a Cavalier uniform finishing with a team-high 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
Senior Kelsie Cada sank 5-of-6 from the field and added 12 more.
Junior Lindsey Thiele, shook of the rust of playing in her first game of the season to add 11 points and eight rebounds.
Two nights later the Cavaliers welcomed Class B rated Norris to Wahoo for a game at Bishop Neumann High School.
Neumann led the entire game until Norris made a late run to tie the game and send it into overtime. The game remained tied after the first overtime and it wasn’t until the second overtime that the Cavaliers were able to take control of the game.
Neumann outscored the Titans 9-0 in the second overtime to pull out the 59-50 victory.
Neumann got a great game from sophomore reserve Maggie Vasa who finished with a career-high 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Stuhr added 16 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
Senior Alyssa Rezac added 11 points and five rebounds and Cada came through with eight points and eight rebounds.
On Saturday, a huge second half by the Bluehawks spelled doom for the Cavaliers.
Neumann led 25-15 at the half, but were outscored 48-23 over the final 16 minutes in the 63-48 setback.
Lindsey Thiele led the Cavaliers in scoring with a season-high 15, Rezac added 12 more.