Grey Ghosts fall to Richwoods in 3A Regional match, 56-47

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC senior Ben Rashid looks for an opening to receive a pass through the Richwoods defense at the Regional game March 5. Rashid contributed three steals for the Grey Ghosts.

The IVC varsity basketball team had a go-around with Richwoods at the 3A Metamora Regional Feb. 5.

It was the second game between both teams, the first was Jan. 17 at Richwoods for an IVC 46-32 loss.

IVC kept the Knights in check for the first half but fell behind in a defeating third quarter and couldn’t get enough baskets made in the fourth to result in the 56-47 loss.

“Our kids fight. They played hard and that’s all I could ask them to do,” coach Joe Mintus said.

“Sometimes the shots don’t go in, and I think that was the case tonight.”

Senior Reilly Owens and junior Mason Schaub accounted for all of IVC’s points until the final eight minutes.

Owens opened the scoring for IVC a minute into the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 3-2 lead.

Richwoods went on an eight-point run before IVC could answer back with two field goals before heading into the second, down 10-9.

In the second, Schaub drained two 3s back-to-back to hoist IVC to a 17-13 lead. 

Owens extended the lead from two shots at the free-throw line.

The Grey Ghosts called its first timeout at 2:37 left in the first half, and Owens came out of it to make a jumper from the paint.

Richwoods controlled the third quarter to outscore IVC 18-6.

“That third quarter got away from us. We were sort of off on everything, and we weren’t getting to the basket,” Mintus said.

“I thought we handled the pressure for the most part. We weren’t in a flow of anything. A lot of it had to do with what (Richwoods) was doing.”

After Richwoods made a free throw attempt, Owens was able to get in a layup before the Knights made its run.

It started with a quick six points to give the Knights a 28-26 lead which lasted the remainder of the game. An additional nine points were added to increase the deficit for IVC in the next three minutes.

Owens was able to get to the free-throw line for a bonus shot after making a layup to add to IVCs score.

In the final eight minutes, the Grey Ghosts made 50 percent of their free throw shots but was able to outscore Richwoods 18-17 before the final buzzer.

Senior Ryan Beard lessened the deficit for IVC to 41-37 after a shot went in off an offensive rebound and again after making two free throw attempts at 1:52 to make it a 43-41 game.

In the final minute, both teams combined for nine fouls. Richwoods made 9 of its 13 attempts to boost its lead.

The Grey Ghosts’ last points came from Owens from a drive and a layup at the 19 second mark.

“They’re just so athletic and you can only do so much,” Mintus said.

“We played better than we did last time. You’ve just got to capitalize on all there is.”

Owens led IVC with 25 points. He posted seven points in the first and third quarter.

Schaub was next with 17 points. He went 5-for-9 at the free-throw line.

The Grey Ghosts forced 22 turnovers on Richwoods and Schaub finished with three steals.

Both teams combined for 45 fouls throughout the game.

IVC finished its season with a 17-11 record.