Girls fall to Louisa Muscatine

Jess Bender (14), Avery Blauvelt (22)
Jess Bender (14), Avery Blauvelt (22)

IMS dropped last night’s game to the Louisa Muscatine Falcons 21-45.  IMS started off the evening with a strong defensive effort, but cold shooting and trouble rebounding led to a tough night for the young team.

“We have been struggling to put points on the board,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said.  “We just can’t quite seem to get the shots to drop.  I’m very pleased that we’re getting good looks and settling down in our offense, we simply have to find ways to finish.”  IMS did not score in the opening quarter and was unable to keep the Falcons off the glass, allowing six offensive rebounds for 10 points.  A stronger second quarter offensively put eight points on the board for the home squad and sent them into the locker room down 8-25 at the half.

“One thing I really got on the girls about at halftime was keeping L-M off the glass,” Heusinkveld said.  “I thought our defense in the first half was solid, we forced some tough shots and didn’t give up any easy buckets on first opportunities.  What killed us was not being able to finish good defensive possessions with a rebound.”  IMS was outrebounded in the first half 11-27, nine of the 27 being offensive rebounds.

IMS continued to struggle scoring the ball in the second half putting up just 13 points, but sophomore guard Rachel Miller was able to find a rhythm going 3-5 from beyond the arch.  Senior Jess Bender found ways to get involved defensively recording six rebounds and a career-high eight blocks, seven of which came in the second half.  “I loved the effort we got from our two captains tonight. I was very proud of how they stepped up and responded in a difficult situation,” Heusinkveld said.

Freshman guard Suzanna Yoder finished the evening with four points, one assist, and seven rebounds.  Sophomores Alyssa Hershberger and Avery Blauvelt added nine rebounds and four assists respectively.

IMS will host Pekin on Friday, December 15 at 6 pm in their final game before Christmas break.