It was a defensive battle early on as both IMS and Waco struggled to get anything going offensively. Waco scored the first points of the game, but IMS junior Avery Blauvelt had an answer. Blauvelt was aggressive early on and kept IMS within striking distance, scoring 7-of-14 first half points for the small squad.
IMS headed into the locker room down just four at the break, 14-18, but third quarter woes proved too much to overcome. “Waco played us in a box and one to slow down Suzanna, and we just didn’t have quite enough productivity to combat it,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. IMS’ leading scorer Suzanna Yoder was held to just two points through the first three quarters of play.
Waco went on a 8-0 run through the third quarter and held IMS scoreless until the final minute when Yoder and Calli Shaw connected on open looks. Blauvelt added a free throw and IMS headed into the fourth down 19-27.
IMS kept the game within reach, and despite foul trouble strung together a 10-3 run behind Yoder over the final three minutes. With 1:18 to go in the fourth, Mia Graber picked up her fifth foul, leaving IMS with just four girls for the second time this season. IMS continued to put pressure on the visitors and cut the lead to seven, but it was too late to complete the comeback. Shaw picked up her fifth foul in the final seconds of the fourth and IMS finished the game with just three players.
Yoder finished with a team high 12 points, three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Blauvelt went 6-8 from the line and finished with eight points, two steals and five rebounds. Shaw and Payton Hart added four points each, while Hart grabbed a team high eight rebounds. Rubye Ney rounded out the scoring with three points.
IMS hits the road today for a matchup with Louisa-Muscatine. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.