IMS defeats Highland for first time in 10 years
RIVERSIDE — Highland rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit and sophomore Bridget Murphy’s 3-pointer with one second left in regulation sent Tuesday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division game into overtime, but IMS junior Kristin Davis scored the first five points of the extra period to help her team upset the Huskies 55-49.
“I think a lot of us were in shock,” Davis said of Murphy’s 3-pointer. “We didn’t know how they came back and did that, but we all kept our composure and we all just came back at them in overtime.”
The Huskies won the tip to start the overtime period, but Davis stole the ball and scored a layup. Sophomore Riley Schmieder came up with a steal seconds later, and found Davis for a 3-pointer that put IMS up 50-45 just 27 seconds into the overtime session.
“Kristin making those plays to start the overtime was huge for us,” IMS head coach Aaron Gingerich said. “We just made plays when we had to.”
Highland sophomore Sam Dutton, who scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies, answered with a layup to trim the lead back to three points, but junior Olivia Yutzy made two free throws at the other end. A 15-foot jumper by Murphy, who came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points, trimmed the lead back to three with 2:38 left in overtime, but the Huskies would not score again.
With the win, IMS (5-9, 5-8 SEISC North) picked up its first win over Highland since the 2002-03 season.
“It’s really exciting because the IMS girls haven’t beaten Highland for quite a few years,” said Davis, who finished with 14 points and four steals. “The first game of the year we lost by 18, so to come here and take that from them, it was really fun.”
Yutzy had 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals to lead IMS, and sophomore Hannah Miller had 13 points and four thefts. Schmieder finished with nine points.
A layup by Dutton put Highland (7-5, 6-5 SEISC North) ahead 8-6 early in the game, but IMS closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run. IMS led by as many as 12 points early in the second quarter, and after Highland trimmed the lead to four, the visitors stretched their advantage back to 11 by halftime.
“Our start to the game was amazing,” Gingerich said.
The Huskies committed 18 turnovers in the first half, and they had 34 in the game.
“When you have 34 turnovers, that’s going to hurt a lot,” Highland head coach Jody Fink said. “For us to actually be in the game and be able to go to overtime was good work by our kids, but that’s one of the things that we’ve got to keep working on and keep improving.”
Highland limited IMS to just four points on 1-for-10 shooting in the third quarter, trimming the lead to four heading into the fourth quarter. The Huskies scored the first seven points of the fourth, and Dutton put back a missed shot to put Highland ahead 38-35 with 4:48 remaining.
Yutzy made a pair of free throws, and then Schmieder scored inside on an assist from Davis to put IMS back in front 41-40 with 2:45 remaining. Neither team scored until Davis scored a layup on a home run pass from Yutzy with 43 seconds left.
Dutton put back a missed shot with 10 seconds remaining to trim the IMS lead to one, but Miller made a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left to push the lead back to three. But then Murphy drained a desperation 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
“I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it because it was like a turn-and-shoot [situation],” Murphy said. “But it just went in.”
Highland seemed to have all the momentum heading into the extra frame, but IMS, a team that has won two of its three overtime games this season and defeated Lone Tree by making a free throw with no time left on the clock, regrouped and won in overtime.
“We’ve been in that situation too many times this year where it seems like it comes down to a last-second shot or a last-second play,” Gingerich said. “I think our girls are getting used to being in that situation. It’s kind of same old, same old.”