IMS celebrated Senior Night with a decisive win over HLV Friday in Hillcrest Union, defeating the Warriors 65-45. It was the regular season finale, and seniors Blake Bontrager, Louis Etienne, Caleb Gingerich, Cody Jones, Trevor Leyden and Jeremy Niemeyer were honored following the game.
IMS jumped out to a 12-2 lead after three minutes on the strength shooting from distance by Trevor Leyden and never looked back. IMS led 22-10 after one quarter and then 38-22 at the half. HLV battled in the second half, but IMS was able to put together a 9-0 run to close the quarter and pull away to a 56-30 lead entering the final period.
The seniors led the way on this evening, as Leyden knocked down four triples on his way to 16 points, with four assists. Jeremy Niemeyer collected 14 points, four rebounds and two steals, and Blake Bontrager had 10 points and five boards. Caleb Gingerich was 4-4 from the floor for eight points and recorded eight assists and two steals. Sophomore Eli Ours had seven points and three assists. Junior Kobe Borntrager scored six points, senior Cody Jones had three assists and three steals to go with two points, and sophomore London Schrock completed the scoring with two points.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “our seniors got us going early this evening, and it was good to see them all play well. Blake, Louis, Caleb, Cody, Trevor and Jeremy have been entrenched in our program through their high school experience, and most of them for years before that, as I had the honor of working with them in youth ball since way back. I cannot say enough for how they have stuck together through thick and thin, and it is good to finish strong going into tourney play.”
IMS finishes the regular season at 12-6 and will not be able to make up games lost to weather issues with Washington, Columbus and Sigourney.
IMS hosts Class 1A District 7 action on Thursday, February 14, and will play Highland in the 8 PM nightcap, following the opening match-up between Lone Tree and Waco, slated for a 6:30 PM start.