Burying flurry of 3-pointers
KALONA — After trailing 9-8 in the first quarter, Iowa Mennonite came out guns blazing against WACO in the second quarter, Friday.
Just 1:06 into the third quarter IMS sunk its third 3-pointer of the period, two from senior Reggie Hostetler and one from freshman Nick Yutzy.
“Reggie Hostetler played really well and made some good shot,” said head coach Dwight Gingerich.
From there IMS would never relent the lead as it turned a 1-point deficit into a 37-23 advantage at the half.
“Our pressure got it into a more up-and-down game,” Gingerich said. “We got some nice plays off of that. We scored in transition.”
Senior Zach Hill took over with 10 second-quarter points. He would finish with a game-high 22 points.
“It was a lot of fun,” Hill said. “The second quarter we were really trying to find the high post. I think that opened up some things for us. Once we got to high post worked in there were open looks and rebounds.”
He pulled in five offensive rebounds.
“He is a monster on the boards; he has a motor,” Gingerich said. “He was active. He set the tone with our team with how hard he played. Good things happen when you do that.”
IMS topped the Warriors 67-45.
“We attacked their matchup zone better as the game went along,” Gingerich said.
Hill gave his team momentum with a layup as time expired in the first half. He picked up where he left off with the team’s first 4 points of the closing half.
“Once we got turnovers we were able to go into our fast-break offense,” Hill said.
A trey from sophomore Eli Gingerich made it 44-25 for the team’s largest lead of the game at that point.
Senior Dallas Nye had 15 points and Hostetler had 11 points. IMS sunk five 3-pointers, one more than WACO.
“Dallas Nye made some good decisions,” Gingerich said. “He went after rebounds and had a motor tonight.”
IMS had 29 field goals to WACO’s 20 baskets.
WACO senior Dylan Carlson posed a matchup problem after scoring his team’s first 6 points. However, foul trouble limited his playing time as IMS built up a large lead in the second quarter. He finished with a team-leading 13 points.
“It helped us when Dylan Carlson got in foul trouble,” Gingerich said. “He had two fouls and didn’t play a lot. He is a really solid inside player.”
WACO junior Braden Blake was also in double figures with 10 points.
Yutzy filled in for junior Kirby Shelter with aplomb. Shetler picked up a left shoulder injury.
“Nick got more playing time than he (ever) has and played really well,” Gingerich said.
IMS plays at Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
WACO hosts Highland at 7:30 p.m.