The IMS girls completed the season sweep over the Lone Tree Lions Tuesday night with a 57-46 road victory.
IMS controlled the game early on as they opened with a 9-2 run behind buckets from senior guard Suzanna Yoder and forwards Mia Graber and Rubye Ney. IMS led by as many as nine in the second quarter and headed into the locker room with a 27-21 lead at the break.
“It was great to see us get off to a good start and control the game early on,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We had a full two weeks over break without games that we felt were productive, and I thought our detail work really showed early on, especially with Graber inside. I really liked our ball movement in the half court and thought we looked much sharper in our full court transition. At the break we discussed opportunities to push the tempo and needed to do a better job gapping on defense and rebounding.”
IMS controlled the game through the opening minutes of the third quarter and went up 34-26 when Ney pulled down an offensive rebound and found Yoder on a cut to the basket, but Lone Tree continued to fight. Over the final minutes of the third Lone Tree went on a 13-5 run and tied the game at 39-39.
Lone Tree knocked down the first shot of the fourth quarter which gave them their first lead since the opening minute of the game, but IMS responded and took the lead back moments later when Graber completed an old fashioned three-point play. With 5:00 to go, sophomore guard Meredith Blossom knocked down a big bucket that gave IMS a 46-43 lead and swung the momentum back in the visitor’s favor. IMS closed out the game on a 13-3 run behind solid execution in the half court and free throws.
“It was good to see us keep our composure through Lone Tree’s big run in the third and come back with an excellent fourth,” Heusinkveld said. “Four of five starters scored seven or more tonight and our fifth knocked down a clutch bucket to spark that final run. This was a really nice team win for us and a great way to open the second half of our season.”
Yoder led IMS with 25 points, three steals, two assists and seven rebounds. Graber recorded a new career high with 15 points and pulled down five rebounds. Sophomore guard Yani Gutierrez-Larios added eight points while Ney chipped in seven points and pulled down a team high nine rebounds. Blossom rounded out the scoring with a bucket and four rebounds.
IMS (6-6, 4-5) returns to action at Hillcrest Union this Friday, January 11th as they host Louisa Muscatine (6-7, 5-5). Tipoff is set for 6 PM.