IMS traveled to Riverside Tuesday and came away with a 75-58 win over the Huskies in a game that matched a pair of upper division SEISC North teams. IMS led 18-13 after one quarter and then outscored Highland 20-7 through the first six minutes of the second period to lead 38-20. Highland then went on a 7-2 run to close the half down 40-27.
The Huskies picked up where they left off and whittled the margin down, cutting it to five at 45-40 with two minutes left in the third period. IMS then scored six straight on timely threes by Justin Boller and Cameron Gingerich to lead 51-40 at the break. IMS scored nine straight to start the fourth quarter and led 60-40 at the six-minute mark, and held the Huskies at bay the rest of the way.
Peyton Thompson led the way with 24 points, including six three-point goals, and five assists. Cameron Gingerich had 19 points, three steals, and three assists. Reggie Hostetler tallied 11 of his 13 points in the second quarter run, and Dallas Nye finished with eight points, seven rebounds, seven blocks, five assists, and four steals. Eli Gingerich scored eight points, including two triples, and Boller completed the scoring with three points. IMS was 10-17 from behind the arc and shot 55 percent from the floor.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we played really well in stretches, and then managed to lose our sharpness as well, as Highland made several strong runs. Highland is a good team and was able to take advantage of our breakdowns. It was good to see us bear down and get it done when things tightened up in the third period.”
IMS moves to 10-1 on the season and next plays third-ranked Lone Tree at home Friday. Highland drops to 6-5 on the season.