Lady Clippers add three more wins to overall season


AMBOY — The state’s Class 1A top-ranked Amboy Lady Clippers added three more wins to their season total to run their record to 26-1.

The squad started out the week by traveling to Freeport Aquin and defeated the sixth-ranked team in Class 1A, 67-60, on Jan. 27.

Olivia Dinges led Amboy with 18 points and she added seven rebounds. Dinges had four three-pointers in the game and she made six of nine shots. Gabby Jones was next with 16 points and nine boards. She was seven for eight in two-point shots and made both of her free throws. 

Mallory Powers had 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for an all-around performance. Abi Payne chipped in with 12 points, nine assists and three steals, while Kyleigh Donna provided four points, seven caroms and three assists, and Ashley Althaus contributed four points and four rebounds.

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Amboy hosted Milledgeville on Jan. 29 and came away with a 58-27 victory.

The Lady Clippers had balanced scoring with five players scoring at least nine points. Payne connected on six of seven shots for 15 points and she also dished out seven assists and had five steals. Powers had another solid effort with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Donna made five of eight field goal attempts for 10 points. 

She led the team with eight rebounds and added three steals and three blocked shots. Jones chipped in with 10 tallies on five of six shooting and she handled five caroms and had three assists. Brianna Blaine continued her great shooting with nine points on four of six shooting. 

Also contributing to the win were Dinges (four points, six rebounds, three assists), Eden Lindenmeyer (four points), Althaus (two points, four steals), and Haidyn Zimmerly (two points, three rebounds).

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The Lady Clippers traveled to Newark on Feb. 1 to take on a team with a 21-7 record. What looked like a possible challenging game became an eventual blowout as Amboy prevailed, 67-32.

Amboy went from an 11-5 first-quarter lead to a 33-11 halftime bulge. The Lady Clippers torched the net for 26 third-quarter tallies to win in a rout.

Powers canned nine of her 12 field goal tries and finished with 22 points. She added five rebounds and eight assists. Payne drained four three-pointers on her way to 18 points, while she handed out 10 assists and had four steals. 

Dinges dropped in 10 points and grabbed seven boards, followed by Jones with seven points and eight rebounds. Also, Donna had four points and seven rebounds, Althaus, Lindenmeyer and Tori Daniels tallied two points apiece, and Althaus picked up three rebounds, three assists and played great defense.

Amboy will close out the regular season with Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 6 against Orion.

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