Lady Clippers finish in sixth place at Oregon Tipoff Tournament


OREGON – The Amboy Lady Clippers won two of four games and finished in sixth place in the Oregon Tipoff Tournament.

AHS opened the tournament with 55-41 loss to Rockford Christian on Nov. 17.

Sophomore Elly Jones led the Amboy attack with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Courtney Ortgiesen added eight points and six caroms, while Olivia Dinges chipped in with seven points, five boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Also, Maeve Larson scored three points and had a team-high eight rebounds, while Haidyn Zimmerly, Lexi Ketchum, Tyrah Vaessen and Emily Sachs each scored a basket.

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The Lady Clippers bounced back and defeated a tall Lena-Winslow team, 36-28, on Nov. 19. Amboy’s team defense was much better in the win.

Dinges led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out four assists and getting two steals. Jones was next with eight points, and team-highs with five assists and 11 steals. Also contributing to the victory were Ketchum (seven points, four rebounds), Zimmerly (three points), Sachs (three points, four rebounds) and Ortgiesen (two points).

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Amboy’s win ended at 7 p.m. and it was right back on the court at 12:30 p.m. the next day, but the short turnaround didn’t bother the Lady Clippers as they walloped Erie-Prophetstown, 49-19, in the first of two games on Nov. 20.

Dinges had another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She also had four assists and a blocked shot. Jones had an impressive stat line with 12 points, seven assists and five steals, while Larson contributed eight points and three steals. Ortgiesen had a solid game with six points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. The team effort victory also saw Zimmerly and Ketchum with four points apiece, Ketchum with five rebounds and Olivia Miller with three boards.

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In playing their second game of the day at 5:30 and their third game in less than 25 hours, the Lady Clippers battled through fatigue and foul trouble in absorbing a 38-34 setback to Pecatonica in the fifth-place game.

With Dinges and Jones in foul trouble, Larson stepped up and led Amboy’s offense with 12 points on six of eight shooting. She also snared five rebounds. Dinges scored all seven of her points in the second half and also had eight caroms and four steals. Jones also tallied her six points in the second half and she added three rebounds, two assists and four steals. Freshman Addison Pertell netted five points and had a pair of steals, while classmate Vaessen sank a three-pointer and hauled down three rebounds. Ortgiesen was also in foul trouble and later had an injury. She had one point and two assists in limited time.

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Dinges and Jones were honored for their fine play by being named to the all-tournament team.

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