AMBOY — The Amboy Lady Clippers wrapped up the regular season with two more wins to run their record to 28-1 entering post-season play this week.
AHS traveled to Forreston on Feb. 4 and came away with a 56-39 victory. Amboy led 14-7 after the opening stanza.
Besides the outcome of the game, there was another subplot to the game. Abi Payne needed 14 points in the game to get to the 1,000-point mark in her career. Payne had 11 points at halftime. It didn’t take long in the third quarter before she made a three-pointer to give her 1,000.
During the next timeout, the announcement was made and Payne was presented with a poster. After the game, she was presented a basketball that included the writing: Abi Payne, 1000+ points, Feb. 4, 2020, Amboy Lady Clippers.
Payne ended the contest with 18 points, seven assists and five steals. Mallory Powers added 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Also contributing to the victory were Ashley Althaus (10 points, nine rebounds, and tremendous defense), Kyleigh Donna (eight points, three rebounds), Gabby Jones (five points, 10 rebounds) and Eden Lindenmeyer (three points).
With the win, Amboy claimed the conference title with a 10-0 record.
The last game of the regular season was also Senior Night on Feb. 6. The Lady Clippers honored Donna and Althaus. Donna finished the regular season averaging 7.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per outing. She also blocked 52 shots, excels in her outlet passes that starts Amboy’s great fastbreak and shot 48 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the free throw line. Althaus averages 4.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals per contest, and excels on defense and all-out hustle. A big thanks goes out to the two senior captains.
In the game, Amboy cruised past Orion, 54-28.
Powers led the attack with 18 points, 15 coming in the first half. She added five boards, six assists and eight steals. Payne chipped in with nine points, seven assists and five steals. Jones was next with eight points and five caroms, Olivia Dinges dropped in five points, and the two seniors had four points apiece. Donna led the squad with eight rebounds while contributing three assists, three steals and four blocks. Althaus added four rebounds and seven steals, while Brianna Blaine (four points) and Tori Daniels (two points) rounded out the scoring.