The Cyclones of Harlan will be in town tonight for a double header. The girls varsity will start at 6:00 PM and the boys game will follow twenty minutes after the girls. The Harlan girls come to town with a record of 6-9 overall and 3-6 in the conference. Harlan boys have a 9-7 overall record and are 6-3 in the conference.
Let's take a look at the girls match-up first. Harlan defeated Atlantic Tuesday breaking their four game losing streak. The Rams lost at home against Creston who needed a great fourth quarter to pull off the victory. Traditionally this game usually goes to Harlan but this year I think both these teams match up well. The first match-up between these two teams was back on January 14th. Harlan defeated Glenwood in Harlan 36-33. Glenwood's Nikki Schuppan was the leading scorer with thirteen points. Ram Sophomore Danielle Harcastle was second in scoring with six points. For the Cyclones it was Junior Nicole Lange who led the way. Lange scored thirteen points while Senior Allison Bruck scored ten. With twenty three of the thirty six points coming from Lange and Bruck I think I know where Glenwood should look tonight. Bruck and Lange are the leading scorers for the Cyclones. The two are averaging 13.3 and 9.1 points per game on the season. Lange also leads the team in rebounds by almost thirty with eighty nine. Tonight's game will be determined by which team will hold onto the ball (Yes, also who scores the most points). Glenwood currently has the most turnovers with 324 in the conference. If Glenwood can cut down on the turnovers tonight look for the Rams to knock off Harlan. The game should be close, too close to pick. I'll go with a coin toss on this game.
These Harlan Cyclones will be hungry tonight after falling to the Trojans Tuesday 72-49. Glenwood has won two out of the last three against these Cyclones. The two games Glenwood won have been at Harlan while the Cyclones knocked off Glenwood at home a year ago. Glenwood won the first match-up this season at Harlan 63-60. Trust me Coach Osborn will have his ball club ready to go tonight because if there is one team he doesn't want to lose to it is Glenwood. (Coach Osborn was current Glenwood AD Jeff Bissen's coach in high school) The crowd will once again be packed tonight and the boys will want to put on another show after falling last Friday. Glenwood won at Harlan this year with balanced scoring. Christian Stanislav was the leading scorer with seventeen going 5-9 from the court (3-3 from downtown). Andrew Blum scored fifteen and grabbed five boards. Nate Kennedy and Cody Buresh both played big in Glenwood's win at Harlan. Kennedy dropped thirteen points off the bench while Buresh almost recorded a double/double with nine points and nine rebounds. Nate Mohr had a quiet night in Harlan scoring only seven points on the Cyclones and I'm sure he will look for revenge tonight. For Harlan, Junior Shane Chamberlain and Senior Caleb Rasmussen played well that night. Chamberlain was the leading scorer with eighteen points while Rasmussen scored seventeen. Rasmussen and Chamberlain lead the team in scoring this season with 15.7 and 14.3 per game. Chamberlain also leads the team in rebounds by thirty two with 106. The Rams need a couple more quality wins before heading into district play to build some momentum. That starts tonight. I think the Rams will defeat the Cyclones 68-63 at home.
Should be two great games tonight and you know the atmosphere will be live and rocking. Come down and support the girls and boys as they take on Harlan.
Tune into GlenwoodSports.com tonight if you can't make it.
Good luck Glenwood, GO RAMS!