IMS rallies, wins in overtime
KALONA — IMS overcame a six-point deficit in the final 30 seconds of regulation to send Friday’s game to overtime, and IMS ended up defeating visiting Columbus 57-52.
A desperation foul sent the Wildcats to the free-throw line with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, where they missed the front end of a one-and-one. IMS sophomore Riley Schmieder took advantage, knocking down a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left. IMS again fouled the Wildcats, and they again missed the front end of a one-and-one to give IMS an opportunity to tie the game. After dribbling the length of the floor, IMS junior Kristin Davis was freed up by teammate Olivia Yutzy’s screen and she banked in a 3-pointer with one second left to the roar of the Hillcrest Union crowd.
A couple of big overtime baskets by sophomore Hannah Miller and some clutch free-throw shooting by Yutzy and sophomore Demi Brezina was enough to lift IMS (2-5, 2-4 SEISC North) to the overtime victory.
“It was great to see the girls hang in there when things weren’t looking so good,” IMS head coach Aaron Gingerich said. “There were many girls who stepped up and made big plays for us down the stretch. It is a very big win and confidence boost for us.”
Davis made three 3-pointers in the game and finished with a game-high 18 points. Yutzy added 16 points, four steals and three blocked shots. Miller finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting, and she also grabbed eight rebounds. Schmieder chipped in six points.
Senior Megan Pretz scored 17 points to lead Columbus (1-5, 1-5 SEISC North), and sophomore Kelsey Pretz added 14.