IMS traveled to Wapello Friday for it’s third consecutive game on the road, this time in a match-up of once-beaten squads at the top of the SEISC North Division. IMS’ only loss in the first round of conference play was to Wapello by the score of 63-52 at home in December. This time Wapello would jump out to an 18-10 lead after one quarter. IMS fought back and, despite two starters on the bench in foul trouble, trailed just 25-22 before a Wapello triple ahead of the half-time buzzer gave the Indians the 28-22 half-time lead.
The third quarter belonged to Wapello, as the Indians scorched the nets for 25 points in the frame to just 13 for IMS, giving Wapello a commanding 53-35 lead entering the final stanza. The Indians scored only ten points in the final quarter, but controlled the tempo, as IMS could get no closer.
IMS was led on the evening by senior guard Cole Ours with 16 points, including four treys. Senior forward Mitchell Schmieder tallied 12 points for IMS. It was a tough night on the boards for IMS, as the team collected only 11 rebounds, giving up too many second chance points to the Indians. IMS also turned it over 18 times and shot 39 percent from the floor. Blake Bontrager and Eli Ours each tallied four points, and Trevor Leyden scored three to complete the scoring. Eli Ours and Leyden each had three assists and Schmieder had two steals
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “despite being in some foul trouble, we did a lot of good things in the first half. The third quarter was obviously a problem, as Wapello shot the ball really well, while we were not making shots there for several possessions, and getting just one shot. That will create separation quickly. Credit Wapello, they played great and hopefully we learn some things from this and bounce back.”
IMS drops to 8-2 in conference play, 9-2 overall, and next plays at Highland Tuesday.