On Tuesday, November 28th, two games into the season, the IMS girls basketball team celebrated its first win in 657 days over Lone Tree in front of a packed crowd at Hillcrest Union. Three days later, tragedy struck with the sudden loss of sophomore teammate Teresa Cardenas. “We went from being on a big high, to the lowest of lows,” IMS head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “It was such a shock and at times it still feels surreal. There’s just nothing that can prepare you for something like this.” IMS took some time away from the court to care for one another, and returned to action the following Friday.
IMS went through a rough stretch of games, but bounced back in a thriller on Alumni night. Although they were unable to complete the comeback, the strong performance helped get them back on track. “This group of young women has shown great resiliency and heart,” Heusinkveld said. “We have stuck together and continue to take things in stride. Creating a new normal isn’t easy, but overall I think we’re doing well.” IMS picked up its second win of the year by completing the season sweep over Lone Tree, and has a chance to add to the win column in the second round of conference play.
“We’re playing good basketball right now and continue to improve every day in practices and games,” Heusinkveld said. “This group is 100% bought in to what we’re trying to do and that’s exactly what you want to see this time of year. We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder, and rightfully so. I’m so proud of this group and am excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for us.”
We have 13 players on the Varsity Boys Basketball squad this year, and we have 12 more on the JV team. We have completed one round of conference play and are 7-1 in conference games, 8-1 overall. Of our eight conference games, five have been at home, three on the road, so the schedule gets tougher the second time through. Our JV squad is 7-2 on the season, 6-2 in conference play.
I have liked the improvement each of our players have made, and the progress we have made together as a team. It’s gratifying to see the development of our players through their years in the program. We have five seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and one freshman on the varsity this season.
Three of our seniors have been our leading scorers, those being Cole Ours, Mitchell Schmieder and Reggie Borntrager, all of who average over 12 points a game.
Individually, Cole is currently fourth in the league in scoring average at 15.4 and Mitchell is eighth at 14.1. Cole leads the conference in three-point field goals made. Mitchell leads the league in blocks and is third in rebounding average. Caleb Gingerich ranks second in the conference in assists. Four of our guys rank in the top 10 in steals (Reggie, Cole, Mitchell and Caleb).