DES MOINES — After going 8-of-14 on 3-pointers in building a 42-22 halftime lead, Harlan hit a cold spell and had 12 second-half turnovers in a 65-61 Class 3A consolation loss to Waverly-Shell Rock Saturday afternoon.
Waverly-Shell Rock (23-4) outscored the Cyclones 20-8 in the third quarter and 43-19 overall in the second half to overcome the early deficit.
Harlan finished with 23 turnovers and missed all four 3-point attempts in the second half as the Go-Hawks employed a tighter man-to-man defense, after yielding eight triples against its zone in the opening two periods.
Harlan was also just 9-of-15 at the free throw line in the second half, missing its final four attempts after falling behind in the final three minutes.
Harlan built a lead as large as 24 points in a red-hot first half, making eight 3-pointers by six different shooters and shooting 57 percent from the field. Waverly-Shell Rock shot just 9-of-28 in the first half before the second-half turnaround.
Seniors Trey Lansman and Nathan Cave each finished with 15 points for the Cyclones (23-4). Lansman had nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Cave pulled in eight rebounds. Gabe Ferry added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cyclones. Adam Juhl fouled out in the fourth period with four points.
Lansman was named to the All-Tournament team after producing 51 points and a 3A-high 28 rebounds in three games.
The Go-Hawks’ rally was led by its two standout guards, Jake Velky and Dan Stensland. Hitting 14 points in the second half, Stensland finished with 20. Velky had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a solid overall game.
The Harlan senior class, which finished second and fourth at state in its final two seasons, includes Lansman, Cave, Ferry, Juhl and Nate Gettys.