Lone Tree snapped IMS’ five-game winning streak Tuesday, winning 56-46 in Hillcrest Union. IMS got down 14-2 early, before scoring eight straight to trail 14-10 after one quarter. The momentum continued into the second period as IMS outscored the Lions 19-10 to take a 29-25 halftime lead. The turnovers and poor shooting that plagued IMS early returned in the third quarter, and Lone Tree regained the lead and more, outscoring IMS 21-5 in the frame to lead 46-34 entering the final stanza. IMS cut it to 49-41 with just under six minutes to play, but could get no closer against a stingy Lion defense.
Cole Yoder scored 10 points, and Nick Yutzy and Mitchell Schmieder each tallied nine points to lead the IMS scoring attack. Reggie Borntrager had seven points, Trevor Leyden connected on a pair of triples for six points, Cole Ours hit a trey for three points, and Caleb Gingerich finished with two points. Yutzy also recorded five assists, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Schmieder had a team-high five rebounds, and Ours, Gingerich and Leyden had two assists apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “it was unfortunate we struggled to take care of the ball early, but I really liked the way we played in overcoming that early deficit by just playing the game, taking care of and moving the ball, rebounding, and hitting shots. Lone Tree stepped up the defense in the third quarter and we had trouble making shots, and we consequently lost the momentum. We have a chance to learn a lot from this game and hopefully we can build on that, turn the page, and move forward.”
IMS drops to 5-4 in conference play, 7-4 overall, and next plays Friday at Wapello.