IMS hit the road Friday, this time to Lone Tree, and returned home with a tough 66-57 loss to the league-leading Lions. The teams squared off earlier in the season at IMS, with the Lions winning that one 53-49.
The score was 5-4 Lone Tree after five minutes of play, 7-7 four minutes later, and then the Lions ran off six straight to lead 13-7 at the quarter. Lone Tree kept it going in the second period and led 18-9 three minutes into the quarter. IMS cut it to 22-17 with three minutes left in the half and trailed 29-22 at intermission. Lone Tree extended the lead to 39-30 four minutes later and IMS responded with an 8-3 run to trail 42-38 with two to play in the third. The Lions would lead 47-42 after three quarters. IMS scored first to make it 47-44, but could get no closer the rest of the way. IMS trailed 58-54 with the ball with less than two minutes to play, only to turn it over and see Lone Tree respond with a three for the 61-54 lead. An IMS miss was followed by a pair of Lion free throws to make it 63-54. An Eli Gingerich three made it 63-57, and IMS was forced to foul, resulting in three more free throws for the final margin.
Gingerich scored 20 points, including two treys, and had seven assists for IMS. Drake Brezina had 11 points and six rebounds, and Mitchell Schmieder followed with nine points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Nick Yutzy had eight points and five assists, Reggie Borntrager had four points, Cole Ours had three points and Jacob Schmieder completed the scoring with two points.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we fought back into it when things were not looking good in the second quarter and competed. We also hurt ourselves with costly turnovers and gave up big offensive rebounds at really inopportune times. Lone Tree was simply too good and had too many weapons for us to overcome those shortcomings.”