Waverly-Shell Rock Beats Harlan for Boys 3A Crown


March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Dan Stensland scored 14 points and Waverly-Shell Rock pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Harlan 48-41 Saturday night and win the Class 3A boys state basketball championship.

Klinton Carlson added 13 points and Jake Velky 11 for the Go-Hawks (23-4), who held Harlan without a field goal for 8 1/2 minutes while taking control of the game and claiming its third state title.

Waverly-Shell Rock kept the game at a deliberate pace and it proved to be the right tactic in slowing down a Harlan.

Harlan was seeded eighth in the eight-team field but fought its way into the finals with upsets of top-seeded Vinton-Shellsburg and fifth-seeded MOC-Floyd Valley.