IMS advances in triple overtime
KALONA – The Iowa Mennonite School’s and Prince of Peace Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball teams combined for 81 points in Tuesday, Feb. 18’s regional tournament game at IMS, but only 56 of those points were scored in regulation. The other 26 points were spread over three overtime periods the two teams required to decide the contest. By the time the third overtime was over, IMS had finally recorded a 45 – 36 win.
Prince of Peace led 7 – 5 after the first quarter but IMS answered with a 9 – 5 run in the second quarter to take a 14 – 12 lead into halftime. Both teams dropped nine points in the third quarter to start what looked like the final period of play with the score being 23 – 21, IMS in the lead.
After getting the score tied at 28 with just over a minute to play, both offenses went cold and regulation ended in a tie. The two teams stayed cold from the floor through the first two overtimes, combining for only 10 points.
IMS used some great defense and stellar free-throw shooting to secure the victory in the third overtime.
Junior Riley Schmeider led IMS with 14 points. Senior Olivia Yutzy added 13. Yutzy also led IMS with 12 rebounds and three steals. Senior Kristin Davis had six assists to lead IMS.
IMS moves to 14 – 9 overall on the season. They will play Winfield-Mt. Union at Winfield on Friday, Feb. 21 for a spot in the regional final against the winner of the Burlington Notre Dame/New London game.
IMS head coach Aaron Gingerich commented, “our girls were able to dig down deep a number of different times. Prince of Peace made everything very hard, but I thought we handled their pressure well for the most part as we committed just 11 turnovers in a long game. We are happy to advance and looking forward to another big game on Friday.”