IMS dropped a tight game to the Pekin Lady Panthers Tuesday night, 44-51.
It was a low scoring defensive battle to start the game as both teams struggled to connect on open looks. IMS lead through most of the first quarter and got everyone involved early. The home team maintained a slight edge until mid-way through the second quarter when the Lady Panthers went on an 11-2 run and sent IMS into the locker room down 19-26 at the half.
Coming out of the break both teams struggled to connect through the first two minutes of play, until an IMS bucket from senior Avery Blauvelt cut the Pekin lead to five, at 21-26. IMS continued to battle through the third, but missed defensive assignments and turnovers put them down 14 as they headed into the fourth quarter. The home squad continued to fight and with four minutes to go went on a 10-2 run that cut the lead again to five. IMS kept the game within reach until the final 0:19 of play, but was unable complete the comeback.
“I loved the effort from our squad tonight,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We fought hard and made a great push at the end, but it was just too late. There were too many possessions in the third where we didn’t make good decisions offensively, and then turned around and missed assignments on the defensive end. The things that are costing us games right now are simple things that we can clean up. I’m very excited for our second semester of action and the things this group will do.”
Junior Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 25 points, six assists, three steals and five rebounds. Blauvelt added seven points, while classmate Alyssa Hershberger finished with six points and pulled down a team high 10 rebounds. reshman Yani Gutierrez-Larios chipped in five points to go with five rebounds and senior Payton Hart rounded out the scoring with a free throw.
IMS (1-8) returns to action Friday, January 5th at Mediapolis. Tipoff is set for 6pm.