IMS got down early against the Highland Huskies, came back to tie it at 28 by halftime, and then exploded for 30 points in the third quarter on the way to a 71-55 win Friday in Hillcrest Union. The Huskies led 17-12 after one period, before IMS outscored the visitors 16-11 the second quarter. IMS had 13 turnovers in all in the first half but found a way to stay close and then tie, going into the break. The third quarter belonged to the hosts, as IMS outscored the Huskies 30-14 in the frame, to take a 58-42 lead into the final period.
IMS was paced by the senior duo of Cole Ours and Mitchell Schmieder with 22 points apiece. Schmieder garnered a career high 20 rebounds, and had two steals and two assists, and Ours added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Reggie Borntrager added eight points, four rebounds and two assists, and freshman Eli Ours scored eight points with two steals and two assists. Junior Caleb Gingerich recorded seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks to go with two points, and senior Isaiah Swantz added five points with three boards. Junior Trevor Leyden had three points and two rebounds, and junior Blake Bontrager hit one free throw to complete the scoring to go with a pair of rebounds.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “It was really good to see us bear down after half-time and take care of the ball much better. This was a good win over a solid team, heading into the Christmas break. Mitchell was very active on the glass, and Cole knocked down big shots at key times. I thought our team play was very good for the most part, and we were able to come from a deficit by keeping our composure when things were not going so well, which was good to see.”
The win takes IMS to 6-1 on the season, 5-1 in conference play. IMS plays next on January 2 against Pekin at home.