IMS returned to the hardwood two days after a tough loss to Wapello, and defeated Sigourney 73-34 before a large Alumni Night crowd Saturday in Hillcrest Union. The teams were deadlocked in a 10-10 tie after one quarter, before IMS went on a dominating 25-2 second quarter run to lead 35-12 at the half. A 16-8 spurt gave IMS the 51-20 lead four minutes into the third quarter and it was 55-26 after three quarters. A 9-3 run made it 64-29, kicking in the running clock several minutes into the fourth quarter.
Eli Ours led the balanced scoring attack with 14 points, as five finished in double figures for IMS. Isaiah Swantz scored 12 points, Cole Ours and Mitchell Schmieder had 11 points apiece and Blake Bontrager tallied 10 points. Trevor Leyden was right behind with eight points. Schmieder had eight rebounds and four steals and Caleb Gingerich dished for nine assists with three steals. Swantz had five rebounds and three steals, and Bontrager also pulled down five rebounds. Cole Ours had four boards and three assists. Jacob Boller, Cameron Roser-Peet and Jeremy Niemeyer each had two points, and Kobe Borntrager added a free throw to complete the scoring.
IMS played without Reggie Borntrager, out with an illness, and Sigourney was minus leading scorer Dustin Haines, who broke his arm in last Tuesday’s game.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “after a bit of a slow start, we got it going and saw good things from a lot of people. It is good to see the growth in each of our guys thus far. The ball was moving, and defensively, we were able to get them out of sorts with our pressure which led to some easy scores. When we play together well like that, it is fun to watch.”
IMS goes to 4-1 overall and next plays Tuesday at Louisa-Muscatine.
IMS then makes up the game with Highland on Friday, with the varsity girls game at 5:00, followed by the varsity boys at 6:30 p.m.