IMS made it’s first road trip of the young season Friday and came away with a 61-25 victory over the Wildcats in Columbus. Things were close early as IMS led 10-8 after five minutes of play. IMS then scored eight straight and led 18-8 after one period. The strong effort continued into the second quarter as IMS outscored the Wildcats 14-3 for the 32-11 half-time lead. IMS built on the margin to lead 50-18 after three quarters and the mercy rule kicked in moments later.
Eli Gingerich scored 19 points, including five triples, and recorded eight assists, six rebounds and five steals to pace the IMS effort. Nick Yutzy tallied 13 points, including three treys, and had eight assists and three steals. Cole Yoder came off the bench to go 6-8 from the floor for 12 points and grabbed four rebounds. Drake Brezina had eight points and four rebounds, and Jacob Schmieder scored four points and pulled down six rebounds. Cole Ours added a triple and Reggie Borntrager completed the scoring with two points.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “Our effort at the defensive end picked up and that created some offense for us at the other end, which gave us a needed spark early. I thought we moved the ball well, we were unselfish, and we played hard, which is fun to watch.”
IMS goes to 4-0 on the season and next plays at home against league foe Louisa-Muscatine on Tuesday.