Early foul trouble threw a wrench in the game plan, as the IMS girls lost their first home game of the season to the Wapello Indians, 35-57.
IMS opened the game with great defensive effort and showed tremendous improvement on the offensive end, moving the basketball for open shots. The defensive pressure IMS put on the Indians led to four early turnovers and really disrupted the flow of their offense, but IMS couldn’t quite capitalize on the forced errors.
The home opener remained tight through the first eight minutes of play leaving IMS down 11-13, but early foul trouble mid-way through the second quarter led to some problems. “I loved our effort and intensity on the defensive end, but we have to learn how to play tough defense without fouling,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We had three players pick up three fouls in the second quarter, and with a short bench that obviously limits what you can do,” Heusinkveld said. “We put ourselves in a tough situation tonight and were fortunate to head into the locker room only down 10 at the half.”
IMS brought back more of the defensive intensity they opened the game with and held Wapello to just nine points in the third. However, the small squad was unable to generate enough offense to chip into the deficit as they headed into the final stanza down eleven. The Indians caught IMS sleeping and opened the fourth quarter with a quick bucket. This was the spark of a 10-3 run, which IMS wouldn’t recover from. The Indians went on to put up 20 points in the fourth, handing IMS its third loss of the season.
“I’m pleased with the way we bounced back from a tough loss on Tuesday,” Heusinkveld said. “We had several opportunities throughout the first half to take the lead and I think if we would have gone up by four or five points midway through the second, the game would have been a lot different. I think our girls are really starting to realize the potential that’s there. If we can clean up a few areas, we’re going to start surprising some teams.”
Sophomore point guard Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 20 points, four assists, two steals and six rebounds. Junior Rachel Miller added nine points, while freshman forward Mia Graber recorded a team high nine rebounds to go with her first varsity basket. Senior Calli Shaw chipped in a bucket and juniors Avery Blauvelt and Payton Hart rounded out the scoring with one point apiece.
IMS (0-3) returns to action Tuesday December 6 at Highland (4-0). Tipoff is set for 6 pm.