Offensive woes plagued the IMS girls as they dropped a road contest to the Lone Tree Lady Lions 24-60.
IMS opened the game with a strong defensive effort, holding the Lady Lions to just four points through the first four minutes of the quarter. However, some quick turnovers against the full court press of Lone Tree led to some easy buckets and IMS faced a 2-12 deficit at the end of the first.
The press and overall defensive pressure continued to give the girls trouble beginning the second quarter, but IMS found success in the transition game. Sophomore guard Suzanna Yoder led IMS on an 8-0 run midway through the second stanza, which sparked new life in the offense. “I thought we did a nice job in the second quarter of looking to push off missed shots,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “Lone Tree’s zone is tough to play against and the best way to beat any zone is by beating it down the floor.” IMS went into the locker room down 13-28 at the half.
“We wanted to look at a couple things during the break,” coach Heusinkveld said. “We needed better ball movement in our offensive sets and defensively had to do a better job of finishing possessions with a box out and clean rebound.” Though these two areas were a focus of improvement, IMS struggled to execute throughout the second half. Lone Tree went on to put up 32 points in the second half and continued to bring the defensive pressure. Though IMS found some success attacking in transition, the struggles in the half court were too much to overcome.
Leading the way for IMS was Yoder with 14 points, two assists, two steals and four rebounds. Senior Calli Shaw chipped in seven points to go with two rebounds and junior Rachel Miller rounded out the scoring with three points.
IMS (0-2) returns to the court on Friday December 2, hosting Wapello (1-1). Tipoff is set for 6 pm.