(Harlan) After returning the bulk of their key personnel from last year's Class 4A State Runner-Up team, Harlan girls basketball fans were looking for big things this year. What they've seen is one of the most dominant seasons any area team has had in recent memory.
#1 ranked and unbeaten Harlan has an average margin of victory this season of 37 points. Their closest game has been 14 and their most lopsided game 52, over half of their games have been decided by more than 40 points.
After serving as an assistant on the boys staff, Zach Klaasen is in just his 2nd season as the girls head coach. He says last year's playing experience has been a big factor in the team's success this year
The Cyclones were seconds away from securing a state title last year before Cedar Rapids Xavier hit the game winning shot in the 4A title game. Coach Klaassen says that 2nd place finish continues to motivate the team.
Harlan is led by a balanced scoring attack, in Tuesday night's 71-29 win over Kuemper Catholic all five starters were in double figures. For the season, sophomores Taylor Frederick and Jordyn Moser, along with Juniors Taylor Wagner and Jess Schaben all average over ten points per game. Schaben and Frederick are each shooting better than 60% from the field. Up next in the path of the Cyclones is Clarinda on Friday night.
Click here for the interview with Harlan coach Zach Klaassen