IMS returned to action Friday and secured a hard-fought 56-43 road win over Louisa-Muscatine in Letts. The game was IMS’ first since December 18 and the rust showed at times, as IMS struggled to sustain strong play over the first two and a half quarters. IMS also had to overcome a second quarter ankle injury to senior guard Cameron Gingerich and a fall that took junior Dallas Nye out of the game with a wrist injury in the fourth quarter.
IMS got out to a 16-11 lead after one quarter and led 29-21 at the half. The third quarter proved to be an even greater struggle as IMS failed to score over the first five minutes of play as L-M closed the gap to 29-27. IMS then made it’s surge, going on a 15-5 run over the next five minutes to lead 44-32 with six minutes to play. The run held up, as IMS tightened up at both ends and did a much better job of controlling the boards.
IMS was led by Peyton Thompson with 21 points, including four treys, and six assists. Thompson also came up big on the defensive end, drawing three charges to go with five rebounds and four steals. Nye scored 12 points and recorded seven blocks, three assists and two steals. Gingerich tallied nine points and five assists, and Reggie Hostetler had a team-high eight rebounds. Justin Boller registered four assists and three steals to go with a trey. Tanner Leyden connected on three of four from the line to complete the scoring.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “it was a battle and I was happy with how our guys responded when things didn’t look so good. With some key guys slowed down with injuries, we were able to get solid minutes from Eli Gingerich and Tanner Leyden to stay afloat and then pull away. Reggie did a great job controlling the glass late and Peyton was obviously key with his play throughout the game.”
IMS goes to 8-1 overall and in conference play.