IMS ran into a buzz saw Friday, as Lone Tree came in to Hillcrest Union and controlled IMS from the tip, winning 72-48 to solidify its footing as the conference leader. The state’s third-ranked team played well at both ends, as IMS was 15-43 from the field on the night for 35 percent, while the Lions scored in transition and knocked down shots to the tune of 59 percent for the game.
Following a 4-4 tie early, IMS miscues along with a sizzling shooting percentage gave the Lions a 25-10 lead after one period. Lone Tree increased the margin to 38-19 at the half. IMS was able to outscore the Lions the third quarter but could not cut the margin to closer than 15 points, as the Lions led 54-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Peyton Thompson scored 19 points and had three steals and Cameron Gingerich tallied 15 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead IMS. Reggie Hostetler added six points and five rebounds and Dallas Nye had three rebounds and two assists to go with three points. Joel Shetler had two points to complete the scoring for IMS. Bryan Forbes had a game-high 31 points to lead Lone Tree.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we really hurt ourselves with seven first quarter turnovers and that basically was the game. We had one more turnover the rest of the game but had a tough time making shots. We did not match Lone Tree’s intensity early and then could not climb out of the hole we were in. Lone Tree played very well and exposed problem areas we need to address for us to improve. I thought our guys battled much better in the second half and there is a lot we can learn from this game, so hopefully in the long run this has a chance to really help our team.”
IMS drops to 10-2 on the season and next plays Tuesday at home against WACO.