Columbus, IMS girls face off
KALONA - After leading from nearly start to finish, Iowa Mennonite School’s girls’ basketball team let the Columbus Community Wildcats complete a comeback, 37 - 36.
IMS led 13-9 after a quarter, and built a 24-14 lead at the half. IMS maintained a 34-26 lead with six minutes to play before Columbus started chipping away. The Wildcats knotted the game at 34-all with a minute remaining.
IMS regained the lead on a senior Olivia Yutzy jumper in the lane to make it a 36 - 34 score with 30 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession Columbus was able to find their leading scorer, Kelsey Pretz, in the lane for a basket on which IMS was called for a foul. Pretz calmly sank the freethrow to give Columbus its first lead of the game.
IMS got the ball back with 20 seconds to play and found Yutzy at the top of the key for a final chance to regain the lead. Yutzy’s shot was off the mark and Columbus ran out the clock before IMS could foul.
IMS was led by Yutzy’s 19 points and 12 rebounds.
IMS head coach Aaron Gingerich commented, “This was a tough one to take. It felt like we controlled most of the game and let one slip away at the end. Hopefully this can be a learning experience for our team, and one that brings us closer together.”
IMS is now 9 -7 overall, 7 - 7 in the SEISC. Columbus Community is currently 5 - 10 overall and in the SEISC.
Columbus plays on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Wapello. IMS plays on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Louisa - Muscatine.