IMS traveled to Mediapolis Friday and dropped a tough one to the conference leading Lady Bullets, 49-75.
IMS gave Mediapolis a run for their money and led through portions of the first quarter behind hard nose defense and a career night from junior point guard Suzanna Yoder who finished with 32 points. After the first quarter IMS trailed 14-16, and continued to put the pressure on the Lady Bullets through the remainder of the first half. IMS headed into the locker room down just 10 at the break, 25-35.
IMS got off to a slower start coming out of the locker room and Mediapolis turned up the defensive pressure. The visiting squad kept the game within reach until a 15-3 Lady Bullet run spanning from the two-minute mark in the third until the five-minute mark in the fourth sealed the deal.
Yoder finished with a double-double and new career high 32 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Alyssa Hershberger added nine points and pulled down six rebounds. Payton Hart chipped in six points to go with eight boards, while Avery Blauvelt pulled down eight boards. Angela Marcelino rounded out the scoring with a bucket.
“This was another step in the right direction for us,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “This was the best I’ve seen our defense all year, and to see it against the top team in the conference is very encouraging. We’re working hard and playing with a lot of fire right now. Suzanna really came up big for us tonight, and we’re starting to see others step up as well. I thought Hershberger and Hart both had solid games. We need a bit more consistency with multiple people stepping up each night to balance us out on the offensive end, but I love what I’m seeing from this team right now.”
IMS (1-9) heads to Lone Tree (1-10) Tuesday, January 9th. Tipoff is set for 6pm.