Defense Carries Wahlert To State Finals

By Jeremiah Davis, Reporter

DES MOINES – When Dubuque Wahlert and Harlan were matched up for a Class 3A semifinal, the consensus was that fans at the Wells Fargo Arena would see one of the best games of the tournament.

But last night, the Golden Eagles stifled and frustrated the Cyclones en route to a dominant 67-36 victory.

It was a defensive performance Wahlert game-planned for, sure.

But did the Golden Eagles expect it to work out so successfully against a team of that caliber? No way.

"Not at all," said Wahlert Coach Tom English. "I would not have expected that. I certainly thought we'd come with a lot of energy, and I thought we'd execute well, but I didn't see that coming."

Wahlert held Harlan to just 10 of 48 shooting (20.8 percent) from the field and 3 of 21 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range. For perspective, the Cyclones shot 46.8 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from deep before last night's game.

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