Wapello Offense Too Much for IMS Defense

Suzanna Yoder

IMS lost to the Wapello Lady Arrows for the second time this season, 47-72.

The game was back and forth through the first quarter as both Wapello and the visiting IMS squad knocked down shots early on.  IMS was paced by the sharp shooting of Suzanna Yoder, who scored all 14 of the team’s first quarter points, including three from three-point range.  Alyssa Hershberger got into the mix for IMS in the second quarter to help carry the load, but a well-balanced Lady Arrow attack left the visitors down 26-34 at the half.

Coming out of the break IMS looked to string together stops and continue the offensive attack, but they simply could not slow down the Lady Arrows.  Wapello went on to put up 21 points in the third quarter, which was more than double the IMS offensive production.  Heading into the fourth IMS had a chance to chip into the Wapello lead when they came up with three defensive stands in a row, but was unable to connect on open looks.  Wapello delivered the final blow with a 10-3 run over the next several minutes to complete the season sweep.

“This game was well within reach at half time,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said.  “The message at half and during every time out was defense.  We needed stops.  I felt like the effort was there, but we had missed rotations and didn’t anticipate movements quick enough.  I feel like we’re doing some nice things offensively and are learning to move the ball better.  We had some of the prettiest possessions I’ve seen since I took over the program and it showed on the stat line with 10 assists for the game.  Unfortunately, it’s all for not if we don’t come out and defend.”

Yoder led IMS with 29 points, three assists and one steal.  Hershberger added 12 points and four rebounds.  Payton Hart chipped in four points and Avery Blauvelt added three assists.

IMS (2-10) heads to Highland (10-3) for a matchup with the Huskies on Tuesday January 16th.  Tipoff is set for 6pm.