Senior Alyssa Hershberger recorded a new career high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to push IMS past Waco as they dropped the contest 42-54.
IMS got out to an early lead in a low scoring first quarter and held Waco to just a basket and a made free throw. But neither team could be held down all night. IMS maintained a slight edge until Waco tied the game at 12-12 with 3:00 remaining in the second. Waco then closed out the quarter on an 11-3 run and sent IMS into the locker room down 15-23 at the half.
“We played an excellent first half until the final minutes when we let Waco knock down some open 3’s,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We knew coming into the game that the 3-ball was a huge part of their game, so to give up six in the second quarter was disappointing. Obviously, that was a point of emphasis at the break as well as execution in some of our half court sets.”
IMS went back to work in the third quarter and cleaned up some of the offensive execution, but defensively couldn’t string together stops and IMS took an 11-point deficit into the fourth quarter. IMS opening the fourth with an outstanding defensive effort and held Waco scoreless through the opening minutes. A Suzanna Yoder three and a Hershberger free throw cut the lead to six with under 5:00 to play and forced a Waco timeout. IMS kept the game close and brought full court pressure through the final minutes of play but couldn’t close the gap and Waco closed out the game from the charity stripe.
“I thought our effort tonight was fantastic, it’s something I absolutely love about this group,” Heusinkveld said. “Hersh stepped it up tonight, it’s great to see her being aggressive on the offensive end. We need more of that. I thought Suzanna did an excellent job staying composed as she often sees double teams whenever she touches the ball. Avery Blauvelt did some great things for us on the defensive side as well. We’re playing good basketball right now, we just need multiple people stepping up and scoring for us on the same night.”
Conference leading scorer Suzanna Yoder rattled off 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game high 23 points to go with three assists, and a steal. Hershberger posted a new career high 19 points, while Blauvelt grabbed a team high 10 rebounds and dished out two assists.
IMS (3-13) returns to action for it’s final home game of the season on Tuesday, January 30th against Louisa-Muscatine (13-6). Tipoff is set for 6pm. Senior recognition for Avery Blauvelt, Payton Hart, Alyssa Hershberger and Angela Marcileno and Joya Schrock will follow the game.