IMS traveled to Calamus-Wheatland Tuesday for the Class 1A District 7 semifinal and suffered a heartbreaker, losing 64-56 to the Warriors. The game was tight throughout, and it was the Warriors that went ahead 56-52 and then put the game away at the line as IMS was forced to foul.
Cal-Wheat led 14-13 after one quarter and then a Trevor Leyden three beat the buzzer to give IMS a 30-28 lead at the half. IMS scored again on a Kobe Borntrager lay-in to close the third quarter up 45-43. Following a tie at 47, Cal-Wheat went ahead at 55-52 and then added a free throw to make it 56-52. Neither team could score over the next three minutes. Several missed shots and three straight turnovers made it tough to get over the hump, and the Warriors then knocked down free throws to seal the win.
Caleb Gingerich and Eli Ours each scored 14 points to lead IMS. Gingerich was 6-8 from the floor with two triples, and recorded seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. Ours knocked down a pair of treys and dished for eight assists. Borntrager had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Leyden tallied nine points, including the trey, and pulled down five rebounds. Jeremy Niemeyer had six points and seven rebounds, and Cody Jones completed the scoring with two points.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “this was obviously a tough way to go down. Our effort was there, it simply came down to taking care of the ball and capitalizing on opportunities to score. Cal-Wheat was too good for us to overcome those things. I loved the effort and growth of this team all season long. As these things are, it is so sad it’s over. I cannot say enough about the improvement and growth of this group, it has been special.”
IMS graduates six seniors including Blake Bontrager, Louis Etienne, Gingerich, Jones, Leyden and Niemeyer. Coach Gingerich said “I am grateful for these guys and the contributions they have made. Each of them is a special person and we will miss them.”