IMS hosted conference leader Highland and competed hard throughout, only to come up short to the Huskies by the score of 54-46 Tuesday in Hillcrest Union. IMS led 12-11 after one quarter and 27-24 at the half, but the Huskies would pull ahead 31-29 three minutes into the third period. IMS tied it at 34 at the three-minute mark before Highland regained the lead at 42-39 after three quarters. Chase Rath came through with consecutive threes to give Highland a little separation and IMS had to claw from behind. Down 51-45 with one minute to play IMS was forced to foul and the Huskies hit enough free throws to seal the win.
IMS was led by Cole Yoder with 15 points. Cole Ours had nine, Nick Yutzy scored eight, and Mitchell Schmieder had six. Caleb Gingerich and Trevor Leyden each added a trey for three points and Reggie Borntrager completed the scoring with two points. Yutzy had a team-high six assists and two steals, and Schmieder and Yoder had six rebounds apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “we hung tough, but in the end Highland made the big plays, including the clutch threes by Rath. We struggled to shoot it well down the stretch and give Highland credit, their veterans came through for them late. There is a reason they are still undefeated in conference play. This game points out some things for us we need to address and hopefully we can keep moving forward.”
The loss drops IMS to 6-5 in conference play, 8-5 overall. IMS next plays Friday at Columbus.