In a battle of area teams Friday night in Columbus it was IMS who topped the Wildcats in both ends of a doubleheader. In the girls game Iowa Mennonite led throughout taking home a 38-28 win. IMS got things going early by getting to the line with strong play from Riley Schmeider. Coming off of a career high 20 point game Tuesday night against WACO, Schmeider scored six points in the first four minutes of action. It was 12-6 IMS after one quarter and the lead stood at 17-12 at the half.
In the second half IMS went to work on the offensive glass for some easy putbacks. IMS also helped themselves to some easy points forcing 18 Columbus turnovers on the night. The Wildcats would get as close as five down the stretch but IMS came up with defensive stops to hold them at bay and take home a 10 point win. Following the game Head Coach Aaron Gingerich talked about the importance of his team’s effort on the glass in the second half.
“I’m not sure how many field goals we had, but they were tough to come by. Columbus is so good defensively in their man-to-man,” Gingerich said. “I was happy to see us crashing the boards a little bit, and Olivia did a really good job of find position there in the second half.”
In the win Iowa Mennonite was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Olivia Yutzy. Kristin Davis added 14 points. Columbus got a double double effort from Kelsey Pretz with 10 points and 10 boards. IMS is now 3-2 on the year, Columbus falls to 1-5.
In the nightcap Iowa Mennonite survived a great effort from Columbus to escape with a 64-59 win in overtime. Action was end to end most of the night with IMS holding a 20-14 lead after the first quarter. Columbus continually changed defenses during the course of the game and flustered Iowa Mennonite in the half court. The Wildcats hung tough trailing just 28-23 at the half. Columbus made their move after the break, hitting the offensive glass and holding Iowa Mennonite to just one shot. The Wildcats also turned on the athleticism with Ricky Rivers and Chase Finke knocking down key buckets. Columbus ended the frame with a banked in three at the buzzer by Alex Mincer to take a 46-43 lead.
The fourth quarter was more back and forth with five lead changes in the frame. With IMS holding a slim 53-52 lead and under a minute to play, Finke drove to the basket and scored through contact to give Columbus the 54-53 lead. Finke missed the free throw and IMS had their own chance for the win late. Iowa Mennonite called a timeout with 20 seconds left to set up a play in the half court. With seven seconds left Eli Gingerich hoisted a three that missed the mark. The ball fell into the hands of freshman Nick Yutzy who was fouled on the put back attempt with two seconds remaining. Yutzy made the first of two free throws and missed the second, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra frame Columbus scored first on a Finke three point play. IMS would get answers from Gingerich and Reggie Hostetler to take the lead back and used a patient half court offense to run out the clock and take a five point win. After the game Head Coach Dwight Gingerich talked about Yutzy’s late free throws.
“We got into a situation late, where again Nick was sent to the line with two seconds lef to play and hits one to send it into overtime, I know Nick was bummed that he didn’t hit the second one to put us ahead, but here we just had two other guys step up and miss free throws right there in the last minute, and couldn’t quite build a lead there, and Nick fortunately hit one to put us into overtime,” Gingerich said. “While there were some disappointments, we were fortunate to get into overtime. Columbus played really well, they are going to win a lot of games this year.”
IMS was led by 20 points from Reggie Hostetler. Dallas Nye had a double double with 17 points and 10 boards. Eli Gingerich also got to double figures with 13. The Wildcats were led by Chase Finke’s 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ricky Rivers added 12 and Eli Sents had 10. IMS is now 4-0 on the year while Columbus drops to 1-3.