IMS lost to the Mediapolis Bullets, 37-62 on Tuesday night.
Mediapolis got off to a hot start and the number six seemed to be a common theme through the opening minutes of play. The Bullets drained six threes and forced six IMS turnovers in their press that led to a lopsided 5-27 score at the end of the first quarter. IMS saw more offensive action in the second behind a few strong drives to the basket by senior guard Suzanna Yoder, but the home team’s inability to slow down the Bullets sent them into the locker room down 13-44 at the half.
“This first half was a prime example of what a game can look like when one team shows up ready to play and the other doesn’t,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “Mediapolis is a strong program with a lot of talent, we know that, we’ve always known that, but there’s no excuse for our first half performance. Mediapolis knocked down some tough shots early on which got us back on our heels a bit, but it spiraled from there because of things we did to ourselves. The message at the half wasn’t much about X’s and O’s, it was only about pride and rising back up from getting knocked down.”
IMS came out with a much stronger second half, more than doubled its scoring output, and held Mediapolis to less than 20 points for the rest of the game. Yoder got on track and drained four second half threes while forwards Mia Graber and Rubye Ney knocked down a couple inside buckets and Ney recorded her first three-pointer of the season. “I thought we competed much better in the second half,” Heusinkveld said. “This game could have gotten really out of hand, but this group responded and showed some fight. We’ve got two more tough games this week in Pekin on Friday and English Valleys on Saturday. Both are games we should compete well in and have a chance to come out on top, but only if we learn from this experience over the course of the next two days.”
Yoder led IMS with 23 points, three assists, four steals, four rebounds and one block. Graber added six points to go with four rebounds and one block. Ney and sophomore guard Yani Gutierrez-Larios chipped in a three each, while freshman forward Leah Bontrager rounded out the scoring with a bucket.
IMS (2-3, 1-2), hits the road this weekend for matchups with Pekin on Friday, December 7th at 6PM, and English Valleys on Saturday, December 8th with JV at 3PM and Varsity at 4:30PM.