IMS saw their season come to an end Thursday night at Keota with a score of 27-37. Both teams cranked up their defensive intensity in the first half and IMS went into the locker room down 12-16. The offensive struggles continued for IMS throughout the third period and Keota took advantage by outscoring IMS 15-8 in the quarter to stretch their lead to 31-20. A Kristin Davis three with seven minutes to play cut the lead to 23-31, but that was as close as IMS could get.
Olivia Yutzy led IMS with 11 points and five rebounds. Kristin Davis scored seven points, pulled down five rebounds, and had three steals. Riley Schmieder finished with six points, Hannah Miller had two, and Cassidy Bontrager completed the scoring with a point. Bontrager pulled down a team high six rebounds.
Coach Aaron Gingerich commented, “I thought our girls really played hard. Our defensive effort was very good and really kept us in the ball game. We struggled to execute and a lot of that was because of Keota’s defensive pressure. We saw the girls make strides this year and we became a team that could compete against almost anyone on our schedule.”
IMS will say good bye to seniors Hannah Gingerich and Anya Slabaugh who both decided to join the team this season.
“Hannah and Anya will be greatly missed. They are two examples of what we want our program to be about. Both are very humble hard working girls. Their attitudes set the tone for the rest of our team and were contagious to be around.”
IMS returns their top four scorers from a team that finished 8-14 overall and 6-12 in the SEISC.