IMS traveled to Letts for a conference tilt with Louisa-Muscatine and ground out a hard-fought 64-57 victory over the Falcons. In a game that saw four starters on the bench in the second quarter due to foul trouble or injury, IMS held off a charge from L-M to secure it’s fifth straight win to move to 9-5 in conference play, 13-5 overall.
IMS led after one quarter 12-9. The lead grew to 24-14 before foul trouble and injuries combined to change the complexion of the game. IMS had a tough time scoring and L-M fought back and tied the game at 24 inside of a minute to play in the first half. Caleb Gingerich then hit a much needed three off a Trevor Leyden feed to give IMS the 27-24 lead. L-M came right back and beat the buzzer to make it 27-26 at the half.
The Falcons took the lead at 31-27 early in the third period before a 14-4 flurry gave IMS a 41-35 lead after three periods. Minutes later, Reggie Borntrager scored two straight to give IMS the lead at 50-39. L-M hung tough and then connected on a three ball to cut it to 50-47. Nick Yutzy then hit two free throws, stole the ball and scored, giving IMS a 54-47 lead with just under three minutes to play. Cole Ours, Yutzy and Mitchell Schmieder combined to make 10-11 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep the Falcons at bay and secure the win.
Cole Yoder led IMS with 24 points on 12-16 from the floor. and had four rebounds and two steals. Yutzy recorded 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. Borntrager and Schmieder tallied eight points apiece, and Gingerich drilled two treys for six points. Finny Lackender, Cole Ours, and Leyden each scored two points to complete the scoring. Ours had six assists and five steals, and Borntrager had four steals and two assists. Leyden had three rebounds, and Schmieder added three blocks and two steals.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “I was really proud of our guys effort on a night when it seemed a lot of things went wrong. We were in a ton of foul trouble and it was good to see us maintain our poise. L-M would not go away and made some tough shots, and we had to just stay at it. We certainly didn’t do a great job on the boards, which made it tougher for us on a night we did not shoot the ball as well. We got great contributions from a lot of people to get the win.”
IMS next plays Friday at home against Pekin on Senior Night.