The Inman High School girls basketball team did not shoot the ball to their potential Friday afternoon against Bluestem.
Instead of forcing the issue, the Teutons attacked the inside and passed the ball into the paint on every possession. Bluestem, on the other hand, lived and died by the 3-ball, as nearly half of their points came from beyond the arc.
The physicality of the Teutons eventually wore on, as Inman turned a tied ball game at halftime into a 46-30 win over Bluestem in the Heart of America/Central Plains League Challenge.
The key stretch came when the Teutons held Bluestem scoreless from late in the third quarter to the 3:14 mark of the fourth quarter. Defensively, head coach Bill Maurer was pleased with what he saw all game long.
“We’ve been really focusing on our defense,” Maurer said, “and tonight we were really, really good defensively once again.”
The final score was not indicative of how close the first half was. The Teutons trailed 11-10 after a back and forth first quarter. The second quarter was not much different, but the Teutons were able to tie it up at 19 going into the break.
Inman did not pull away immediately in the third quarter, but possession by possession they began to create separation.
The Teutons would eventually win the third quarter, 14-3, and pull away to a double digit win. Bluestem went much of the fourth quarter without scoring, finishing with only four points in the final eight minutes.
“We didn’t change anything coming out of halftime, but our girls were probably a bit more focused,” Maurer said. “They really picked it up on the defensive end.”
Macy DeWitt led Inman in scoring with 12 points. Lauren Maurer finished right behind her with 11.
Inman will look to close a busy pre-Christmas schedule with a win on Tuesday when they travel to Ell-Saline.
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