About the only cheer from the Papillion-La Vista student section Tuesday night came after the announcement that school was canceled the next day.
Aside from that, it was mostly the visiting Millard North fans who did the hollering.
The No. 2 Mustangs shocked the No. 1 Monarchs 62-33, snapping Papio’s 15-game win streak. Millard North led 22-6 after the first quarter and never looked back, widening its lead to 31 late in the game.
“We played together,’’ Mustangs coach Dave Diehl said. “This is probably the best team win we’ve had all year long.’’
Millard North set the tone early, going on a 14-0 run to take command. The Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field in the opening period, sinking 9 of 18 shots.
Senior guard Lauren West inflicted much of the first-quarter damage, scoring 10 of her game-high 23 points.
“We came out strong and kept it going,’’ she said.
Papio, one of the highest-scoring teams in Class A, was held to six points in the opening quarter. The Monarchs had scored 28 in the first period four nights earlier in an 82-77 win over Lincoln East.
“Coach Diehl does a great job,’’ Papio coach Josh Siske said. “They had a great game plan, so all of the credit goes to them.’’
The Mustangs extended their lead in the second quarter to grab a 37-12 halftime advantage. Millard North did a solid job containing Papio’s leading scorer, holding Josey Ryan to two first-half points.
A pair of West 3-pointers in the third quarter helped keep the Mustangs comfortably ahead as the Monarchs failed to gain any momentum. Siske took out his starters with five minutes left in the game as Papio trailed by 29.
“You never want to see something like this,’’ he said. “I was a little disappointed in our resolve because we just weren’t able to fight back.’’
It was only the second loss of the season for 17-2 Papio, which has been ranked No. 1 since winning the Metro Conference Holiday tournament four weeks ago. The Monarchs’ only other setback came Dec. 7 in a 75-72 home loss against Omaha Northwest.
Millard North won its sixth straight.
“The girls were playing really hard for each other tonight,’’ Diehl said. “And we were executing at both ends of the court.’’
The 13-3 Mustangs also dominated on the boards, finishing with a 39-22 edge. Nicole Avila-Ambrosi and Jayna Green each had seven rebounds, and Lexi Kraft chipped in six.
West said it was an important victory for the Mustangs, who shot 45 percent from the field, compared with 25 percent for the Monarchs.
“It means a lot to get this one,’’ she said. “I think it shows that everybody is pretty equal and anybody can beat anybody.’’
Diehl cautioned that the Mustangs still have a difficult road ahead. Of their six remaining regular-season games, the final four are against ranked opponents.
“We’re back to 0-0 tomorrow,’’ he said. “We have a lot of tough games ahead and we’ll need to be at our best for four quarters.’’
Millard North (13-3)....................22 15 12 13—62
At Papillion-La Vista (17-2)..............6 6 11 10—33
MN: Lexi Kraft 8, Elle Danley 7, Lauren West 23, Nicole Avila-Ambrosi 11, Jayna Green 3, Megan Chambers 4, Asia Bryant 6.
PLV: Olivia Boudreau 12, Dasia Howard 1, Mercy Milliken 2, Josey Ryan 9, Brooklyn Wrice 2, Olivia Kraft 3, Caitlyn Ryan 2, Lindsey Ingwerson 2.
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Front row, from left: Whitney Brown, Grand Island Northwest; Lauren West, Millard North; Jayme Horan, Millard South; McKenna Sims, South Sioux City; Morgan Maly, Crete. Back row, from left: Chucky Hepburn, Bellevue West; Charlie Easley, Lincoln Pius X; Akol Arop, Omaha Creighton Prep; Baylor Scheierman, Aurora; John Tonje, Omaha Central.
From left: Shereef Mitchell, Omaha Burke; Payton Brotzki, Platteview; Kanon Koster, Kearney; McKenna Sims, South Sioux City; Brady Heiman, Platteview; Dariauna Lewis, Omaha North; Akol Arop, Omaha Creighton Prep; Brooke Carlson, Elkhorn; Sam Griesel, Lincoln East; and Quinn Weidemann, Omaha Westside.
Sitting, from left: Jaden Wrightsell, Omaha Northwest; McKenna Minter, Lincoln Northeast; Teddy Allen, Boys Town. Standing, from left: Chloe Dworak, Lincoln Christian; Quinn Weidemann, Omaha Westside; McKenna Simms, South Sioux City; Aguek Arop, Omaha South; Ed Chang, Papillion-La Vista; Kanon Koster, Kearney; Ayo Akinwole, Papillion-La Vista.
Front from left: Quinn Weidemann, Omaha Westide; Aguek Arop, Omaha South; Grace Berry, Lincoln East; Caleal Walker, Omaha South; and Skyler Snider, Kearney. Back from left: Ed Chang, Papillion-La Vista; Rylie Cascio Jensen, Fremont; Nate Schimonitz, Omaha Creighton Prep; Ryan Williams, Fremont; and Chloe Akin-Otiko, Bellevue West.
Front from left: Jay Bridgeman, Omaha Westside; Kianna Ibis, Omaha Benson; Jessica Shepard, Fremont; Maddie Simon, Lincoln Pius X; Jaycee Bradley, Norfolk. Back from left: Tyler Hagedorn, Norfolk; Adam Dykman, Fremont Bergan; Justin Patton, Omaha North; Drew Homa, Omaha Creighton Prep; Malik Hluchoweckyj, Bellevue West.
Top from left: Chatrice White, Shelby-Rising City; Khyri Thomas, Omaha Benson; Jessica Shepard, Fremont. Front from left: Mitchell Hahn, Fremont; Malik Hluchoweckyj, Bellevue West; McKenzie Brown, Grand Island Northwest; Tre'Shawn Thurman, Omaha Central; Maddie Simon, Lincoln Pius X; Kevin Metoyer, Omaha Westside; Kianna Ibis, Omaha Benson.
Front from left: Alexa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast (wearing rainbow hat); Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha Central (holding book); Lauren Works, Lincoln Southwest (wearing fedora); McKenzie Brown, Grand Island Northwest (holding basketball and balloon). Middle from left: Brett Dougherty, Papillion-La Vista (wearing marching band hat); Jessica Shepard, Lincoln Southeast (holding bear); Akoy Agau, Omaha Central (holding trophy); Kianna Ibis, Omaha Benson (waving towel). Back from left: Cam Williams, Omaha South (holding pom poms); Connor Lusso, Millard West (wearing birthday cake hat).
Front from left: Akoy Agau, Omaha Central; Jessica Shepard, Lincoln Southeast; Josiah Gustafson, Millard North; Brianna Rollerson, Omaha Central; Beth Bohuslavsky, Seward; Mike Gesell, South Sioux City. Back from left: Chelsea Mason, Bellevue West; Dylan Travis, Omaha Gross; Jalen Bradley, Norfolk; Brianna Craig, Lincoln Northeast.
Front from left: Hailey Mandelko, Lexington; Galen Gullie, Omaha Bryan; Emily Cady, Seward; Mike Gesell, South Sioux City. Middle from left: Akoy Agau, Omaha Central; Chelsea Mason, Bellevue West; Jalen Bradley, Norfolk; Alexis Akin-Otiko, Bellevue West. Back from left: Jayla Hobza, Bellevue East; CJ Carter, Omaha Benson.
Clockwise from top left: Alexis Akin-Otiko, Bellevue West; Jordan Hooper, Alliance; Deverell Biggs, Omaha Central; Dwight Smith, Ralston; Elliott Eliason, Chadron; Austin Kaczor, Ewing; Mike Gesell, South Sioux City; Nicole Arp; Kearney; Sarah Nelson, Omaha Westside; Emily Cady, Seward.
Bottom from left: Austin Kaczor, Ewing; Isiah Gandy, Boys Town; Elliott Eliason, Chadron; Jarrell Crayton, Bellevue East; Greg Smith, Ralston. Top from left of page: Marissa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast; Emily Hauder, Bellevue West; Jordan Hooper, Alliance; KK Houser, Lincoln Southeast; Sarah Nelson, Omaha Westside.
From left: Antoine Young, Bellevue West; Jordan Hooper, Alliance; Josh Jones, Omaha Central; Marissa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast; Wes Eikmeier, Fremont Bergan; KK Houser, Lincoln Southeast; Jarell Crayton, Bellevue East; McKayla Knudson, South Sioux City; Jesse Carr, Ainsworth; Nicole Brungardt, Norfolk Catholic.
Clockwise from top left: Kellie Nelson, Omaha Westside; Dominique Kelley, Lincoln Northeast; Kelsey Woodard, Bellevue West; Amber Hegge, Crofton; Jesse Carr, Ainsworth; Josh Jones, Omaha Central; Wes Eikmeier, Fremont Bergan; Antoine Young, Bellevue West; Mitch Albers, Papillion-La Vista; Jasmine Johnson, Omaha Central.
From left: Antoine Young, Bellevue West; Brooke Delano, Bellevue West; Matt Hill, Lincoln Southeast; Dominique Kelly, Lincoln Northeast; Yvonne Turner, Bellevue East; Andrew Bridger, Lincoln Northeast; Tyler Bullock, Lincoln North Star; Katie Frank, South Sioux City; Samantha Schuett, Millard West; Avery Tyler, Omaha Bryan.
From left: Samantha Schuett, Millard West; Katie Frank, South Sioux City; Matt Culliver, Omaha Bryan; Andrew Bridger, Lincoln Northeast; Matt Hill, Lincoln Southeast; Katie Smith, Omaha Skutt; Zach Potter, Omaha Creighton Prep; Yvonne Turner, Bellevue East; Megan Neuvirth, West Point GACC, Josh Dotzler, Bellevue West.