IMS lost to the Lone Tree Lady Lion’s 34-46 Tuesday evening. IMS got off to a solid start leading 5-1 midway through the first quarter. Stifling defense and quick transition offense led to success early on for the young squad. IMS carried that momentum into the second quarter, and continued to execute for good looks on the offensive end. “It was great to see us come out and execute early on,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “The girls bought in to the game plan and were very focused.”
Despite early foul trouble that limited the small squad to just five players after the first quarter, IMS hung tough and battled on both ends of the floor. IMS and the Lady Lion’s headed into the locker room tied 19-19 at the half.
Though IMS put together back-to-back controlled quarters, they were unable to string together a third. Full court pressure and turnovers disrupted the young squad as the Lady Lion’s opened the half with a 15-2 run and never looked back. IMS was held to just four points until midway through the fourth and only attempted nine shots within that time frame.
“This was a disappointing loss tonight,” Heusinkveld said. “We’ve been taking big steps forward in our last several outings, but this second half was a step back. Basketball is a game of runs and adjustments, and we just didn’t respond in that second half.”
Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 21 points, five steals and two assists. Avery Blauvelt added seven points and eight rebounds, while Mia Graber grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Alyssa Hershberger, Calli Shaw and Rubye Ney rounded out the scoring with a bucket each.
IMS (0-10) hits the road for a conference match-up with Wapello (6-5) on Friday. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.