WEST POINT, Neb. — Wins don’t come easily for visiting teams against the school that holds the state record for consecutive victories.

That’s why Wahoo Neumann coach Jason Simons was smiling after his Cavaliers defeated host West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic 80-51.

“I think this is the first time that a team I’ve coached has won here,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of tradition here and I think their fans really embrace that.”

The Bluejays set that girls basketball state record from 2001 to 2006 by winning 111 games in a row. But history meant little Tuesday night to Neumann, which never trailed.

The Cavaliers, ranked second in Class C-1, led 16-12 after the first quarter and 39-23 at halftime. The final points of the second quarter were scored by Alyssa Rezac, who banked home a 3-pointer from beyond half court at the buzzer.

“You’re always going to take those,” Simons said. “It was a nice momentum builder for us.”

Neumann extended its lead to 19 in the third quarter before Central Catholic began to battle back. The smaller Bluejays relied on their full-court press to force eight turnovers in the period and closed the gap under double digits.

“We knew their height was going to be a challenge for us,” Central Catholic coach Jerry Stracke said. “We needed to make it a full-court game as much as we could.”

Neumann dropped the hammer in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bluejays 29-12. Lindsey Thiele had a pair of 3-pointers early in the period and finished with a game-high 23 points.

“It wasn’t pretty at times,” Simons said. “But we did enough things right and then were able to finally pull away in that fourth quarter.”

Rezac finished with 14 points, Taylor Stuhr had 12 and Kelsie Cada 11. Stuhr pulled down 10 rebounds while Cada had nine.

Neumann was able to maintain its momentum after an emotional win Saturday over Columbus Scotus. The Shamrocks defeated the Cavaliers in overtime in last year’s state final.

“I think that championship game is pretty much ancient history to this team,” Simons said. “It wasn’t last week when we played them again, but now it’s time to move on.”

Sophia Hass led the Bluejays with 15 points despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

“We missed some easy shots and we didn’t shoot well from the outside,” Stracke said. “But they’re a tough team and now we’ll move on.”

Neumann returns to action Friday night at Omaha Concordia. Central Catholic, ranked sixth in Class C-2, plays Saturday at Boone Central/Newman Grove.

Wahoo Neumann (10-2).............16 23 12 29—80

At West Point GACC (10-3).........12 11 16 12—51

WN: Katie Lilly 2, Kelsie Cada 11, Taylor Sabatka 2, Taylor Stuhr 12, Lauren Thiele 3, Alyssa Rezac 14, Maggie Vasa 6, Lindsey Thiele 23, Kali Jurgensmeier 7.

GACC: Sophia Hass 15, Marissa Hunke 5, Hannah Knobbe 4, Ally Plagge 2, Brenna Rief 3, Maddie Bracht 2, Angela Jansen 5, Reece Snodgrass 3, Kate Gnad 2, Livia Hunke 2, Erica Engelmeyer 8.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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