A late second quarter run proved to be too much for the IMS girls to overcome in its season opener against the Lady Bullets of Mediapolis. IMS dropped the contest 37-60.
IMS matched the intensity and play of Mediapolis to begin the game, as the two teams traded buckets throughout the first quarter. IMS was paced by sophomore guard Suzanna Yoder, who finished with a career high 24 points. “Our focus and intensity during the first quarter got us off to a great start,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “There’s always some nerves coming into the first game of the year, but I thought we did a nice job of settling in and executing the game plan early on.”
The two squads traded buckets to open the second quarter, until back-to-back threes by the Lady Bullets sparked an 18-5 run. “We lost some of our defensive intensity in the second quarter,” Heusinkveld said. “We had some trouble containing the dribble drive and weren’t able to clean up the glass to finish good defensive possessions.” IMS was held scoreless the final four minutes of the quarter and went into the locker room down 14-33 at the half.
IMS came out with a strong start in the third quarter holding Mediapolis scoreless for a four-minute stretch, but couldn’t capitalize on the offensive end. A few miscues and increased defensive pressure by the Lady Bullets led to some quick turnovers for easy buckets, but IMS bounced back in the fourth. Some well executed quick sets and transition baskets led to more success on the offensive end, and IMS closed out the game on a 10-0 run.
Yoder finished with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Calli Shaw and junior Avery Blauvelt tallied four points each, while juniors Alyssa Hershberger and Rachel Miller rounded out the scoring with three and two points respectively. Hershberger grabbed a team high seven rebounds.
“This was a good start to the season for us,” Heusinkveld said. “We saw a lot of very positive things throughout the game and identified some areas we need to work on. We’ll take some time to watch film, drill a few key areas, and continue to get better every day. I’m very encouraged by our performance this evening and am excited to see the progress we’ll make throughout the year.”
IMS returns to action Tuesday November 29th at Lone Tree. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.