IMS faced Waco in a nonconference game Friday in the friendly confines of Hillcrest Union and emerged with a decisive 57-30 win over the Warriors. In the only matchup between the teams since Waco moved to the South Division of the Southeast Iowa SuperConference before this season, IMS exploded for a 28-4 second quarter to lead 36-9 at intermission.
Defense and less than stellar shooting dictated early as IMS led 8-5 after one quarter. And then, leading 10-7 two minutes into the second quarter, the IMS pressure defense did the Warriors in, spurring a relentless 26-2 run over the next six minutes, punctuated by a Mitchell Schmieder three to beat the half-time buzzer. IMS led 48-20 after three quarters, as everyone saw court action through the second half.
Reggie Borntrager scored 16 points, including ten in the second quarter, and Nick Yutzy recorded 12 points, including a pair of triples, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals to lead IMS. Schmieder finished with nine points, six rebounds and five blocks, Finny Lackender scored five and Caleb Gingerich and Trevor Leyden each had four points. Adrian Gonzales added three points, and Cole Yoder and Cole Ours had two points apiece to complete the scoring. Ours dished for a team-high eight assists and Lackender grabbed three rebounds. Borntrager, Gingerich and Schmieder each had two assists, and Borntrager picked up two steals.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “it was good to see the pressure clicking, as it was something we’ve given attention to recently, trying to shore it up. The ball movement was really good, allowing us to get great looks. Nick played a solid floor game, with only one turnover, and as a team we kept the turnovers down as well, which always helps.”
IMS goes to 12-5 overall next plays Tuesday at Louisa-Muscatine.