Lady Titans fall to Bishop Neumann
WAHOO — The Class C-1 No. 3 Bishop Neumann girls team had to pick its spots against Norris on Thursday in a 59-50 double-overtime win, but when it comes down to it, choosing the fourth quarter and the second overtime were most definitely the best choices.
The Cavaliers outscored the Titans, ranked fourth in Class B, 14-8 in the fourth quarter to erase a six-point deficit and force overtime. After an even first overtime, Neumann held Norris scoreless in the second overtime while going on a 9-0 run to seal an early-season thriller.
“We executed really well in the end,” Bishop Neumann coach Jason Simons said. “We went through the sets and had some players really step up and hit some big shots for us. Really proud of the way the team closed this game.”
The momentum was clearly on the Cavaliers’ side as the teams went to overtime, but it was the Class B No. 4 Titans who had a chance on the last possession. But a long-range three-pointer rimmed out to send the teams headed to the second overtime.
Neumann’s Maggie Vasa, who finished with 13 points, got to the rim on the team’s first possession of the second overtime and finished as she had all game long in the paint. The teams battled over empty possessions until Alyssa Rezac drained a corner three to push the Neumann lead to two-possessions and effectively end the contest.
The Cavaliers hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the game for good.
“What can we take away from this? Don’t let them come out and dictate the tempo, which is what they did in the second half,” Norris coach Mark Hagerman said. “If you let a team like that dictate the tempo, then they can shut the door on you pretty fast.”
The Titans outside shot was the story until cold spurts over the fourth quarter and overtime cost them against a Neumann team that was ready to run off long rebounds.
Maddy Ramsey and Michaela Boon hit four threes each in the loss and finished with 12 and 14 points, respectively.
Taylor Stuhr led the Cavaliers with 16 points and was dominant on the boards with nine rebounds. The prominence on the glass allowed the Neumann offense second-chance points continually and was ultimately the difference in the comeback win.