A big first quarter was not enough for IMS to take down the Louisa-Muscatine Falcons as they lost the final game before the break, 36-48.
IMS got off to a slow start through the first three minutes of the ball game, and found themselves down 0-6, but broke through with a 17-2 run mid-way through the first quarter. IMS found success in their quick transition offense and good ball movement early in half court possessions that led to open shots. “I was so pleased with our composure and resilience in the first quarter,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “Too many times when we’ve had a slow start we’ve been unable to bounce back, so I’m very proud of the fight we showed.”
IMS cooled off in the second, but solid defense and taking care of the basketball held off the Falcons. IMS was paced through the first and second quarters by guard combo Rachel Miller and Suzanna Yoder. Miller and Yoder combined for all 22 of the first half points put up by IMS as they took their first halftime lead of the season into the locker room up 22-20.
The small squad opened the third quarter much like the beginning of the game, unable to get in a rhythm for the first few minutes. The Falcons went on a 9-0 run, until Miller connected from long range to stop the bleeding. Junior Avery Blauvelt and freshman Mia Graber got in on the action as well each scoring their first points in the third. However, the Falcon run would prove too much for IMS to overcome.
IMS opened the fourth quarter down 31-35 and kept the game within striking distance, pulling within two on a bucket inside from senior Calli Shaw with 5:21 left to play. A quick steal by Yoder led to a fast break opportunity, but the young squad was unable to capitalize. IMS continued to fight and claw and found good shots in their half court sets, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net. The Falcons closed out the game from the free throw line handing IMS their seventh loss of the season.
“We had several opportunities to tie the game and go on a nice run through the last 4-5 minutes, but missed free throws and easy inside shots down the stretch really hurt us,” Heusinkveld said. “This was a good learning experience. We couldn’t get it done tonight, but being in this position can only help us get better. I’m very proud of my girls and their effort tonight.”
Yoder led the way for IMS recording her first double-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Miller set a new season high with 12 points and four assists. Blauvelt, Shaw and Graber rounded out the scoring with four, three and two points respectively.
IMS returns to action after the winter break on January 3rd at Pekin. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.