IMS traveled to Wapello Friday for a conference showdown with the 8-2 Indians, and returned home with a decisive 54-36 victory. Wapello scored twice early but IMS bounced back and found momentum. Reggie Borntrager capped a strong IMS first quarter with a buzzer-beating three to give the visitors the lead at 18-11. IMS maintained control and then stretched the margin to 30-19 at the half. Wapello was able to cut it to six in the third period before IMS began clicking, to the tune of a 42-28 lead after three quarters.
IMS employed balanced scoring throughout, with good ball movement and timely shooting. Borntrager was 5-7 for 11 points, and Cole Ours and Mitchell Schmieder each added 10 points. Nick Yutzy scored eight points, Cole Yoder had seven, and Finny Lackender and Trevor Leyden added four points apiece. Yutzy had four assists and Leyden added three. Ours had three steals and Yutzy and Leyden each had two. Borntrager had a team high six rebounds and Schmieder pulled down five boards.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I really liked our effort at both ends. Defensively we played with energy and awareness, and offensively I thought we played within ourselves and were aggressive at the same time. This was a really good team win for us.”
The victory gives IMS a sweep over Wapello this season and lifts IMS to a mark of 8-4 on the season, 6-4 in conference play. IMS next plays tonight at home against Highland, undefeated in conference play.