IMS lost to the Mediapolis Lady Bullets, 54-77 on Friday night.
Strong guard play and offensive rebounds by the Lady Bullets were too much for the small squad at IMS to overcome. IMS scored steadily throughout the game and posted a new season high 54 points, including 20 points in the third quarter. However, IMS was unable to slow down the high caliber offense of Mediapolis.
“I thought we played well tonight,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “Mediapolis is a good team and Mackenzie Rogers plays a huge part in that. We just couldn’t slow her down tonight.”
IMS made some key adjustments offensively at the half and put up 20 points in the third quarter, a new quarter high. Throughout the third IMS was paced by Suzanna Yoder, Alyssa Hershberger and Calli Shaw, who each finished the evening in double figures. “The third quarter was a lot of fun to watch,” Heusinkveld said. “Yoder has been a consistent scorer for us all season, but to have Hershberger and Shaw step for us on the same night was great. We need more of that from them as we head into the second half of the season.”
IMS went on a 7-2 run mid-way through the third and forced Mediapolis to call a timeout. The young squad continued to put the pressure on the visitors, but the Lady Bullets responded with a run of their own and maintained a 20+ advantage for the rest of the night.
“Obviously this wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but this was a solid game for us,” Heusinkveld said. “Offensively this was one of our best games of the season. It was great to see better balance on the score sheet with three girls in double figures tonight. The difference in the game was on the defensive end, we just weren’t able to come up with enough stops. You have to credit Mediapolis though, they’re tough to defend and that’s why they’re one of the top teams in the conference.”
Yoder finished the night with 23 points, six assists, four steals, four rebounds and one block. Hershberger chipped in 13 points, while Shaw posted a new career 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Mia Graber and junior Payton Hart rounded out the scoring with four and two points respectively. Graber matched Shaw with nine rebounds of her own.
IMS (0-9) hosts Lone Tree (8-2) tonight at 6 pm.