IMS girls fall to Pekin
PEKIN – The Iowa Mennonite School’s girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a narrow defeat on Friday, Jan. 31, 45 – 44 at the hands of SEISC conference foe Pekin.
Pekin took an 11 – 7 lead into the second quarter and was able to expand upon that, outscoring IMS 18 – 12 to take a 10-point lead into halftime.
IMS was able to turn the momentum, outscoring Pekin 13 – 2 in the first six minutes of the second half to actually take a lead, but Pekin answered with a 12 – 2 run of its own to take the advantage back. Pekin was able to just hold IMS off from that point forward to seal the victory.
“A few defensive lapses cost us this game. I thought our girls showed a lot of heart to come back the way they did. I was happy of how we took care of the ball and avoided turnovers,” IMS head coach Aaron Gingerich said.
As a team IMS shot 38 percent (18/48) from the field, 5/12 from 3-point range and 3/6 from the free-throw line. Pekin outrebounded IMS 29 – 19. IMS totaled 14 assists and five steals.
Senior Kristin Davis led IMS with seven assists. Senior Olivia Yutzy and junior Hannah Miller both had two steals.
IMS is now 10 – 8 overall and 9 – 8 in conference games. They are scheduled to play on Friday, Feb. 7 at home against Wapello.