GLENWOOD, Iowa — Twenty-one hours after a loss to Council Bluffs St. Albert that surprised many, Glenwood returned to the court Saturday to either continue the spiral or make amends.
The Rams chose the latter, playing some inspired basketball to knock off Hawkeye Ten unbeaten Harlan 57-55, jumping into the thick of the league chase.
"The last 20 hours have been really an emotional roller coaster," Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said. "Last night we go into a tough environment at St. Albert, and St. Albert played a great game. The kids were disappointed at that loss, but you know what? I've got fighters in there. They're competitors, and there was no doubt in my mind that they'd come out scrapping tonight and playing good basketball."
Smooth sophomore Nate Mohr scored a game-high 21 points, and classmate Andrew Blum added 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Rams improved to 10-3 and 6-1 in Hawk-10 play. Last year, a sub-.500 Glenwood team upset Harlan in the district final en route to its first state appearance in 63 years.
Harlan, rated third in the state in Class 3-A by the Associated Press and second in western Iowa (Class 4-A/3-A) by The World-Herald, dropped to 10-2 and 7-1. The Cyclones lead Glenwood and Carroll Kuemper (6-1) by a half-game. Harlan has Creston and Red Oak remaining. Glenwood has Red Oak, Shenandoah and Clarinda, while Kuemper has Atlantic, Denison-Schleswig and Shenandoah.
"Give them a ton of credit, but I was very disappointed, considering this was realistically for the conference title tonight," Harlan coach Mitch Osborn said. "And to come out and put that type of performance on..."
While Harlan played nine seniors and a junior Saturday, Glenwood continues to get its most poised performances from youngsters. In the Rams' 18-point fourth quarter, 15 were scored by sophomores Mohr and Blum, and freshman Christian Stanislav.
Juhl led Harlan with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Rasmussen scored nine of his 14 in the fourth.
Harlan girls 53, Glenwood 35
A night after a 22-point loss to St. Albert, Glenwood's Molly Dean kept her team within range of a major upset.
Dean followed her 3-pointer with a putback to cut the Rams' deficit to 42-35 to the state Class 4-A No. 1 Cyclones with 6:25 left in the game. But Glenwood never scored again as Harlan closed the win with an 11-0 run.
"I told the girls to just go out and play with no pressure," Glenwood coach Wendy Lausen said. "I'm sure not a lot of people thought we would hang with them, but I'm proud of the effort."
Dean, a 5-8 senior, led all scorers with 23 points, hitting 8 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Taylor Frederick led Harlan with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordyn Moser added 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.
The game didn't count in the Hawkeye Ten standings. Harlan remains on top at 6-0.