IMS dropped its final game of the season in Regional play against the Lone Tree Lady Lions, 27-62. IMS got on the board first after a quick bucket by Calli Shaw and kept the game close throughout the first quarter. A big 24-9 run pushed the Lady Lions ahead 35-13 at the half and took away the momentum IMS built in the first few minutes of the game.
“I thought we came out very strong defensively,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We had them a bit rattled with our full court pressure and did a nice job of staying with cutters. Things got away from us in the second, we just had too many turnovers and weren’t getting shots up. We looked to make a couple of adjustments at the half, getting more movement in our offense and reminding the girls the importance of looking to attack gaps.”
IMS came out with a good effort in the third significantly slowing down the Lone Tree offensive attack and matched them on the scoreboard with 11 points. “We tried a few different looks in the third just to try and slow down their offense,” Heusinkveld said. “Lone Tree has such a balanced attack and moves well without the ball, it makes them tough to defend.” Though IMS found more success in the third, the offensive bursts of Lone Tree were too much for the young squad to overcome.
Rachel Miller led IMS with 15 points, while Suzanna Yoder finished with four points, six rebounds, and four assists. Shaw added four points to go along with five rebounds, as Jessica Bender and Alyssa Hershberger rounded out the scoring with a bucket apiece. Bender also added three blocks moving her into the top 15 for blocks on the year.
“I’m extremely proud of the commitment, effort, and overall progress our team has made this season. We said from day one that we would not judge of our season based off of wins and losses, but rather by our own definition of success; steady improvement, 110% effort, and growing together as a team. I think we’ve done that this season. We are grateful to our seniors Jessica Bender and manager Madeline Leichty for what they have brought to the program this year, and look forward to building on the foundation we have set in place.”