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Iowa Mennonite School Splits With Pekin

Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 7:00 am
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The Iowa Mennonite School boys and girls basketball teams were back on the floor at Hillcrest Union Tuesday night hosting the Pekin Panthers in a Superconference doubleheader.

In the girls contest the Panthers overcame an early deficit with a run to knock off IMS 51-44. Iowa Mennonite led the defensive battle early, building a four point advantage on three different occasions. The IMS defense brought it early, holding Pekin without a field goal for the games first five minutes. The Panthers would rally late in the first half, ending the second quarter on a 9-0 run, taking a 26-19 lead into the half. The Panthers scored the first six of the second half to build their lead to double figures and IMS trailed by 14 going the final frame. In the fourth IMS cut the Pekin lead to five with two minutes left but would get no closer.

Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 25 points. With the loss IMS falls to 1-8 on the year.

The boys game was an IMS 44-39 win. The game was a slow down, defensive grind. Pekin held a 10-9 lead after the first quarter. IMS used a 9-1 run and a six minute drought from the floor for the Panthers to build a 22-17 lead they would take to the locker room. In the second half things continued to stay tight through the third quarter. IMS got a bit of breathing room midway through the fourth, building the cushion to nine points. The Panthers made a charge late and cut the lead to just three points with under a minute left. Caleb Gingerich stepped to the line and sunk a key free throw to make it a two possession game and seal the win.

Reggie Borntrager led IMS with 20 points. IMS is now 7-1 on the season. The Iowa Mennonite boys and girls will both be in action Friday at Mediapolis.