The Harlan girls outscored Glenwood 14-3 in the first quarter and cruised to a 55-47 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Glenwood on Friday.
Lexi Fisher led Glenwood with 16 points and Morgan Lucy added 13.
Jordan Brelje led the Cyclones with points.
The Glenwood girls withstood a furious rally by Atlantic in the final minutes before hanging on for a 47-38 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory on Thursday.
Glenwood (7-3 overall, 5-3 in the conference) closed the first half on a 9-1 run and led by as many as 14 in the second half before Atlantic rallied to cut the lead to five with three minutes to go.
Morgan Lucy led Glenwood with 15 points. Lexi Fisher added 13.
Taylor Young scored a game-high 18 points to lead Atlantic.
Glenwood girls basketball coach Barry Loeffelbein has been preaching quick starts all season. Those sermons paid off last Monday as the Rams opened the game on a 14-0 run and began the third quarter on a 16-0 run in a 55-25 rout of Creston.
“That was huge. I asked them to get off to a good start and they did,” said Loeffelbein, whose team improves to 6-3 on the season overall and 4-3 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. “I was happy with it. It helps our momentum and our confidence. We've had some trouble coming out in the second half and letting a team that should be blown out back into it. We did a good job putting them away tonight.”
The Rams scored the games first 14 points, did not allow a single point until just two minutes remained in the first quarter and held a 19-5 edge at the end of the first frame.
Leading 28-13 at the half, Glenwood came out hot, rattled off 16 straight points to extend their lead to 44-13 with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter. In all the Rams out scored the Panthers 21-4 in the third frame.
Loeffelbein credits his team's sharp defensive effort for the momentum shifting runs.
“We really kept track of people pretty well. They got loose for some three's in the first half and knocked them down and kept it within reach but for the most part we kept track of them,” he said.
Lexi Fisher led the Rams with 10 points. Chelsea Konfrst, Kierney Motz and Morgan Lucy added eight points each and McKenna Henze seven.
Glenwood played the game in pink uniforms to promote breast cancer awareness. The uniforms were purchased by the Kuemper Catholic FCCAL program and this marks the second year the uniforms will be passed among all the Hawkeye 10 Conference girls teams in support of finding a cure.
“The way we played in them, we may just have to buy some,” said Loeffelbein.