IMS traveled to Letts Tuesday and came home with a big conference win, defeating the Falcons 74-51. The teams were locked in a tight one early, with IMS taking a 17-16 lead after one period. A 7-0 run to close the second quarter gave IMS a 31-20 half-time lead. The lead grew to 50-34 after three quarters as IMS steadily pulled away through the second half.
Mitchell Schmieder led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points, and classmates Reggie Borntrager and Cole Ours each scored 14. Eli Ours also climbed into double figures with 12 points. Caleb Gingerich had a team-high eight assists, Cole Ours had four and Schmieder and Trevor Leyden dished for three assists apiece. Cole Ours led with six steals, Gingerich had four, and Borntrager and Schmieder had three steals apiece. The IMS defense pressured the Falcons into 26 turnovers on the evening. Blake Bontrager and Isaiah Swantz each had four points, Leyden had three, and Jacob Boller and Gingerich had two points apiece to round out the scoring.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “It’s always good to get a win at Louisa-Muscatine, and it’s never easy. Our guys responded well in a tough environment and we got strong play from a lot of people. L-M is a senior dominated team with good size, and so we had to weather some rebounding problems, which we will need to address.”
The win moves IMS to 5-1 on the season, 4-1 in conference play.