A quick start helped Millard North continue its winning ways Saturday against Papillion-La Vista South.

The second-ranked Mustangs scored the first 13 points en route to a 55-34 home win. Millard North moved to 6-0 while the Titans fell to 2-4.

“We got off to a great start, but I was a little disappointed that we got comfortable after that,’’ Mustangs coach Dave Diehl said. “Give credit to them for fighting back.’’

After scoring two points in the first quarter, Papio South closed to 19-15 in the second quarter after consecutive 3-pointers by Emily Richards. The junior guard was a bright spot for the Titans, sinking all five of her 3-point attempts and finishing with 17 points.

But Millard North came back to life, finishing the first half on a 10-2 run to carry a 29-17 halftime lead into the locker room.

“To our credit, we kicked it back in when they got close,’’ Diehl said. “But we need to maintain our intensity the whole game.’’

The Mustangs doused any hopes of a Titans rally in the third quarter, outscoring Papio South 13-4 to take a 42-21 lead into the final period.

Each team scored 13 points in the fourth.

“They got off to that big start and we were playing catch-up the rest of the way,’’ Titans coach Andy Gerlecz said. “We need to solve our offensive riddle because scoring two and four points in periods isn’t going to get it done.’’

It was a tough weekend for the Titans, who played No. 1 Millard South on Friday night before facing No. 2 Millard North the next day.

“We all knew this would be challenging for us,’’ Gerlecz said. “But it’s early and hopefully we can learn from this.’’

Nicole Avila-Ambrosi led the Mustangs with 20 points. She scored 14 in the first half, which included a pair of 3-pointers and six free throws.

Diehl also cited the 5-foot-8 junior guard for her defense.

“She’s a nightmare on top of our 1-3-1 zone,’’ he said. “We can always count on Nicole to be pretty disruptive out there.’’

Two other key players for Millard North were seniors Lauren West and Jayna Green. West had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Green chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons,’’ Gerlecz said. “They’re a very good team and they showed that today.’’

Diehl said his undefeated squad has added motivation after a disappointing finish last year. The Mustangs entered the state tournament as the No. 3 seed but lost their first-round game by 11 to No. 6 seed Lincoln Southwest.

“These girls are extremely focused,’’ he said. “Nobody wins state in December, but this team definitely has something to prove.’’

Papillion-La Vista South (2-4)............2 15 4 13—34

At Millard North (6-0)...................13 16 13 13—55

PLVS: Olivia Kastens 4, Jessica Wellman 2, Lindsey Allgire 5, Ava LeGrand 2, Emily Richards 17, Lydia Hodges 2, Margaret Naber 2.

MN: Lexi Kraft 3, Lauren West 13, Taylor Finkenbiner 2, Addy Stalzer 2, Nicole Avila-Ambrosi 20, Jayna Green 11, Asia Bryant 4.

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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