Slow start plagues the girls at Columbus

Suzanna Yoder, Alyssa Hershberger, Rubye Ney, Mia Graber
Suzanna Yoder, Alyssa Hershberger, Rubye Ney, Mia Graber

IMS lost to the Columbus Wildcats, 38-64 Friday night.  IMS got off to a slow start and had no answer in the first half for a hot shooting Columbus team.  The small squad struggled against full court pressure early on, and the Wildcats fed off their defense to create offense.  “We really struggled in the first quarter to make anything happen,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said.  “We came out flat and were back on our heels most of the first half.  Columbus came out ready to compete today and we didn’t.”

IMS found more success late in the second quarter on the offensive end, but continued to struggle slowing down Columbus’ top scorers.  IMS headed into the locker room down 16-42 at the break.

Coming out of the break IMS settled in defensively and matched the intensity of the Wildcats.  The squad went on to play the Wildcats even in the second half, and outscored them in the final quarter 12-8.  “It was great to see the girls fight back after such a rough start,” Heusinkveld said.  “Each game there’s a quarter that tends to get away from us, but overall we’re doing some good things.  If we can find a way to stop those runs after just a few buckets and answer, we’ll be just fine.”

Alyssa Hershberger (shooting)
Alyssa Hershberger (shooting)

Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 14 points and six assists, while Alyssa Hershberger added 12 points and four rebounds.  Rubye Ney chipped in five points to go with five rebounds and Calli Shaw added four points and nine rebounds.  Payton Hart and Mia Graber rounded out the scoring with two and one point respectively.

IMS returns to action at home Tuesday, January 24th against Winfield-Mount Union.  Tipoff is set for 6 pm.