IMS lost to the Winfield Mount-Union Lady Wolves, 39-52.
Winfield jumped out to an early lead and held IMS scoreless until a Suzanna Yoder bucket nearly halfway through the first quarter. IMS continued to work hard, but things didn’t look much better in the second, as they were held to just 13 first half points and took a 13-27 deficit into the locker room at the break.
“Winfield is so tough inside,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We weren’t able to knock down some open looks early on, which is always tough when you’re on the road. We did a good job initially of defending but gave up too many offensive rebounds for put-backs. We needed to do a better job keeping them off the glass and simply had to execute better on the offensive end.”
Execute better, IMS did. IMS came out with a strong defensive stand to start the third and rattled off nine quick points to cut the lead to seven, forcing a Winfield timeout. Both teams continued to battle and traded baskets through the final minutes of the third and IMS headed into the fourth trailing 26-36. Though IMS made another push midway through the fourth, the inside presence of Winfield proved too much to handle. “I loved the way we battled tonight,” Heusinkveld said. “There were a few times it looked like the game might get out of hand, but this group never gave up and we went on a couple of runs that made things interesting. Winfield is so tough to keep off the glass and ultimately offensive rebounds is what cost us the game.”
Yoder led IMS with 28 points, two assists, and two steals. Alyssa Hershberger added seven points, seven rebounds and a block. Payton Hart and Yani Gutierrez-Larios rounded out the scoring with a bucket each. Yoder’s offensive production leaves her tied for first in conference scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game.
IMS (3-12) heads to Waco (6-10) for a cross conference matchup on Friday, January 26th. Tipoff is set for 6pm.