A late fourth quarter run by IMS wasn’t quite enough to overcome the visiting New London Tigers who held on to win 45-39 at Hillcrest Union.
“This was a great matchup for us tonight,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “It’s tough to see your kids fight that hard down the stretch and come up short.”
IMS opened up the game with a 3-point field goal from sophomore guard Rachel Miller, but struggled to finish throughout the first half. The Tigers would go on a 12-4 run in the second quarter, as IMS found itself down 11-21 at the half. “We did not do a very good job of keeping them off the glass, especially in that second quarter,” Heusinkveld said. “Too many offensive rebounds and bad turnovers led to quick easy buckets for them. Those were things we knew we had to clean up if we wanted to put ourselves in a position to make a run, and I thought we did just that.”
IMS came out strong in the second half paced by Miller, sophomore guard Avery Blauvelt, and freshman guard
Suzanna Yoder with 12, nine, and eight points respectively. The trio combined for nine of the team’s 11 assists and all seven of its steals. “This was a big step for our guards tonight,” Heusinkveld said. “I think we are starting to understand our sets a bit better and we’re being more aggressive with our shot selection.”
Blauvelt led the charge in the fourth quarter with a seven point run, helping her team outscore the Tigers 19-15 in the fourth quarter. IMS closed out the game on a 13-6 run and held New London scoreless for three minutes of action. “When we figure out how to put together complete games and play with the same intensity and aggressiveness we saw in the second half, we are going to be a very competitive team,” Heusinkveld said.
IMS (0-4) returns to action Friday at Columbus (2-2). Tip off is set for 6 pm.