IMS’ seven-game winning streak came to a halt Friday as Danville invaded Hillcrest Union and took it to IMS 65-45 in the third-place game of the Southeast Iowa Conference Shoot-out. Danville got out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. IMS got on the board with a Cole Yoder lay-up, but Danville would lead 16-9 after one period. The teams battled evenly in the second quarter, with the Bears in front 37-27 at the half. Danville gained the momentum again in the third quarter, outscoring IMS 13-6 in the frame to lead 50-33 after three. IMS continued to battle, but Danville milked the clock down the stretch and gained the win.
Cole Yoder led IMS with 17 points and Mitchell Schmieder scored 12 points. Schmieder also had a team-high six rebounds and six blocks. Nick Yutzy tallied 11 points, including 5-6 from the line, with two assists. Cole Ours connected on one trey for three points and had three steals, and Finny Lackender completed the scoring with two points. Caleb Gingerich had a team-high three assists to go with five rebounds and two blocks, and Trevor Leyden had three boards and two assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “Danville played very well and has a lot of weapons. They are the hottest team in both divisions of the SuperConference right now. They play fast and we simply didn’t match their level of activity and intensity. We gave up too much penetration which also hurt us on the boards. This game gives us a chance to get better as we approach tournament time and look to clean some things up.”
IMS concludes the regular season at 15-6 and opens tournament play on Thursday against Cedar Valley Christian at Lone Tree. The IMS-Cedar Valley game will be the first game of a doubleheader and will begin at 6:30 p.m.