Defeat hasn't been a word in Neillsville's vocabulary for 54 games.
It's a win streak that started after losing in the Division three sectional semifinals to Altoona in 2011.
"I remember the loss to Altoona also. It's bad. I think we're going to start our streak again, this coming season. Next season," Neillsville junior guard Jennifer Lindner said.
"We're going to learn from this. We know what it feels like now and we don't want to feel this again."
During that streak, the Warriors won two conference titles and a state title, falling two wins shy of winning one more.
"We've been working on little things in practice," Neillsville senior guard Caitlynne Naughton said.
"We practice harder than a lot of other teams, and that's why we've been able to accomplish it."
"It still means a lot to me," Neillsville senior Alleah Voight said. "Having that many wins is incredible. And I'm proud to have that streak."
And while East Troy gets credit for ending Neillsville's run, the warriors earn respect from both their coach and their opponents.
"I want to give credit to Neillsville on their 54-game winning streak. That is absolutely phenomenal," East Troy head coach Jeff Brown said. "Them being the state champs last year. Their program is something maybe we should even emulate. They are so well coached. They do so many things right and they play the right way."
"It's tremendously special to share it with the kids that I get to share it with," Neillsville head coach John Gaier said.
"The streak belongs to them. When you look back, The thrill is really the kids you get to spend time with every day and the streak was just sugar coating on that I guess."
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