IMS saw it’s tournament run come up just short, losing a 52-48 heartbreaker to fourth-ranked Lynnville-Sully Saturday in Oskaloosa. The Hawks, who returned four starters from their state run a year ago, jumped out to a 17-9 lead after one quarter, as IMS struggled to make shots and also to defend the size and quickness that Lynnville-Sully brought. Unfortunately, the second quarter was more of the same, as the Hawks led 36-18 at the half.
IMS settled in and cut things to nine in the third quarter before the Hawks scored five straight to lead 46-32 after three periods. IMS kept battling, and came to life in a big way, cutting the margin to 48-43 with two minutes left, and then to 51-48. IMS could get no closer and Lynnville-Sully sealed it with a free throw with five seconds left for the 52-48 victory to advance to the state tourney.
Mitchell Schmieder closed out his career with another strong performance, scoring 18 points to lead IMS. Reggie Borntrager scored 10 points, Eli Ours had nine points, Trevor Leyden had eight, and Cole Ours completed the scoring with two points. Schmieder had six rebounds and Borntrager had five. Eli Ours had four steals and Trevor Leyden and Schmieder each had three assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “I am proud of our effort after we dug ourselves into that hole. I think their size and athleticism affected us more than we thought it would in that first half. Our kids adjusted and played their hearts out. Lynnville-Sully is a very good team, return a ton from their state team a year ago, and were a tough nut to crack. It felt we just ran out of time. I really liked what we were doing and how we finished, and am proud of our guys, all twelve of them. They were ‘all in’ and that’s been key.”
IMS finishes the season at 21-4 and says good-bye to seniors Reggie Borntrager, Cameron Roser-Peet, Cole Ours, Mitchell Schmieder and Isaiah Swantz.