IMS dropped a tough one at home to the Winfield Mt. Union Lady Wolves, 33-47. IMS jumped out to an early 5-3 lead in the first quarter, but Winfield answered with a 28-8 run. IMS lost the interior battle early on with the Lady Wolves and was unable to clean up the boards to close out defensive possessions. The small squad headed into the locker room down 13-31 at the half.
Coming out of the break the Lady Wolves extended their lead as IMS struggled to find the bottom of the net, but mid-way through the third quarter IMS came back to life. IMS fed off defensive effort and a pair of Suzanna Yoder threes to gain momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
An impressive defensive effort in the fourth quarter held Winfield to just three points, as IMS went on a 11-3 run to close out the game. “It was great to see the girls fight back in the third and fourth quarters,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “Our defensive communication improved and the girls fed off that energy to keep them going. I thought Rubye Ney did a nice job staying active and got some key deflections that created problems for their guards.”
IMS was led by Yoder with 21 points, three steals, two assists and seven rebounds. Calli Shaw and Mia Graber each added three points, while Ney, Avery Blauvelt and Payton Hart rounded out the scoring with a bucket each.
IMS returns to action at home on Friday, January 27 in a non-conference match-up with Waco. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.