IMS knocked off the Columbus Wildcats, 49-39.
It was an evenly paced first quarter as both teams traded baskets and grinded it out on the defensive. During the final minute of the first IMS kicked it up a notch and rattled off five points to close out the quarter with a 13-10 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. The home squad went on to put up 13 in the second behind the sharp shooting of Suzanna Yoder and kept Columbus in check to take a 26-18 lead into the locker room at the half.
“I thought our execution and the way we took care of the ball in the first half was excellent,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We had multiple people scoring and being aggressive, which is tough to defend. Defensively I thought we did a nice job communicating and bumping cutters. The message at half was to not let up and to stay composed when Columbus would go on a run.”
IMS continued to share the ball and found success in transition offense, created by good defense. The home team took a 42-27 lead into the fourth, but the visiting Wildcats kept fighting. The Wildcats forced IMS turnovers on six consecutive possessions to go on an 8-2 run, which cut the lead to nine. But a Payton Hart bucket stopped the bleeding, and IMS closed out the final minutes to secure the win.
Yoder led IMS with 28 points, five assists, and eight rebounds. Alyssa Hershberger added 10 points, while Avery Blauvelt chipped in six points to go with five rebounds. Hart chipped in three points and pulled down seven boards, and Yani Gutierrez-Larios rounded out the scoring with a bucket.