HARLAN - A scoring drought in the second overtime Friday was the difference in Harlan’s 58-53 win.
Creston was able to match up with the Cyclones after erasing a 21-14 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Harlan would score no more than 10 in the rest of regulation as Creston was down 27-25 at halftime.
The teams nearly traded the exact number of points in the second half as Harlan was on top 37-36 at the start of the fourth quarter. The score was tied at 46 at the end of regulation.
Creston senior Doryn Paup was high scorer for the team finishing with 16 fro 4-9 shooting and 8-9 at the free throw line. She also had 17 rebounds, with 15 of them on defense. She had three blocks. Jacy Kralik, who returned to playing after being injured Jan. 9 at Red Oak, had five rebounds. Aleah Calvin also had five rebounds.
Keely Coen had six assists.
As a team, Creston finished 16-47 shooting from the field including 6-26 from the 3-point line. The Panthers were 15-25 from the free-throw line. Creston had 15 turnovers.
Harlan’s top scorer was Auberey Schwleso with 23. She was 7-15 shooting with 3-6 at the 3-point line. Erica Rust finished with 14. Rust also had a team high 15 rebounds.
Harlan was 19-60 shooting including 3-19 from the 3-point line. The Cyclones were 17-29 at the free-throw line.
Creston (4-12) plays at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Clarke-Osceola.
The third quarter was the difference in the game as Harlan scored 22 points on its way to a 64-55 win Friday over the Panthers.
Creston used a 23-point first quarter to build a 11-point advantage, but the tables turned in the second. The Cyclones neared the 20-point mark that quarter scoring 19. Creston was on top 32-31 at half.
The third quarter Harlan built a 10-point lead. Both teams nearly traded points in the fourth quarter as Harlan went on to win. Harlan is 10-4.
Ethan Crawford was top scorer for Creston with 12. He was 5-9 from the field including 2-5 at the free throw line. Jake Hoyt was 5-8 shooting and had a team high 10 rebounds.
Creston (8-6) hosts Red Oak on Friday.