Submitted by IMS staff
IMS hosted Washington and came away with the hard-fought victory over the Class 3A Demons, winning 65-52, in non-conference action Saturday in Hillcrest Union.
IMS started slow, trailing 7-0, prompting a time-out for the home team. From there IMS outscored the Demons 19-5 the rest of the quarter to lead 19-12 after one period.
Washington fought back to take a 32-29 lead with two minutes to play in the half, only to see IMS finish the half on a 6-0 run to lead 35-32 at the break.
The third period was even as both squads scored ten points.
A Cole Ours triple ahead of the horn gave IMS the 45-42 lead entering the final stanza. IMS then went on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes to lead 56-45.
Two minutes later, courtesy of a 6-2 spurt, it was 63-47 with two minutes left.
Mitchell Schmieder led with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Reggie Borntrager was right behind with 23 points on 9-12 from the floor, with six rebounds and three steals.
Cole Ours finished with eight points and five rebounds, and Trevor Leyden recorded five points, five steals and four assists.
Eli Ours rounded out the scoring with four points. Caleb Gingerich and Eli Ours led with six assists apiece and Gingerich also had five steals.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said ?this was a good team effort in that we fought back after a rough start, we turned it up a notch in the second half and we were able to convert off our pressure, which always aids the cause.
?We received really good efforts from each one of our guys and our bench was vocal, which always helps us.?
IMS moves to 12-2 overall and next plays Tuesday at Winfield-Mt. Union.
IMS defeats the Wildcats Friday
IMS returned to the friendly confines of Hillcrest Union Friday after four games on the road, and defeated the Columbus Wildcats 51-31.
It was tough sledding early, as IMS did not get on the board until a Cole Ours triple with five minutes gone.
IMS fought through the early struggle to lead 12-9 after one quarter, able to get some separation in the second quarter.
A 7-0 run at the four-minute mark gave IMS a 21-12 lead and IMS would lead 27-18 at the half. IMS then opened things up with a 17-5 third quarter to lead 44-23 entering the final frame.
The Wildcats would not go away quickly as IMS took care of the ball and hit free throws down the stretch to secure the 51-31 victory.
Reggie Borntrager was 6-8 from the floor and 3-3 from the line to lead IMS with 15 points and six rebounds.
Cole Ours was right behind with 14 points and had a team-high six assists. Mitchell Schmieder tallied 10 points with seven rebounds and five blocks.
Trevor Leyden scored five points and had four steals, Eli Ours had three points, and Isaiah Swantz and Cameron Roser-Peet completed the scoring with two points apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said ?this was not a pretty one, but it was good to see us grind it out when things were tough. Columbus is a very improved team with a misleading record.
?They were very patient offensively, which has the effect of shortening the game, and forced us to play much harder on defense. We were able to get the game to our pace more in the second and third quarters, which allowed us to pull away.?
The win takes IMS to 10-2 in conference play, 11-2 overall.