Lady Clippers move to 8-0


The Amboy Lady Clippers added three more wins to their total last week to stay unbeaten on the season at 8-0.

Amboy opened the week with a convincing 62-39 victory at Dakota on Nov. 28.

The Lady Clippers exploded to a 19-2 first-quarter lead and continued to pull away in the second period to take a 38-12 cushion to intermission.

Five players scored eight points or more. Abi Payne led all scorers with 16 points and she also topped the team with six assists and three steals. Mallory Powers was right behind Payne with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Noelle Jones was next with 10 points and a whopping 16 rebounds. Jones also dished out three assists. Also contributing to the win were Ashley Althaus (nine points, three assists), Breanna Fisher (eight points, seven rebounds), Rachel Lachat (two points, three assists) and Kyleigh Donna (two points, five rebounds).

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Amboy played on its home floor for the first time this season on Nov. 30 and came away with a 54-44 triumph over Pecatonica.

The Lady Clippers jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first stanza and they held a 33-19 halftime bulge. It was 50-30 with three quarters in the books before Pecatonica staged a mild comeback in the fourth.

Donna had a game-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Lady Clippers. She also had four steals. Fisher dropped in 12 points and added five caroms, while Powers supplied 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Also for Amboy, Jones pumped in nine points and had seven boards, Payne handed out eight assists and Hope Sachs collected five rebounds.

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Amboy wrapped up the week by hosting Class 2A power Sherrard in the Amboy Shootout on Dec. 1. The Lady Clippers managed to come away with a hard-fought 51-43 win. Neither team had a bigger lead than the final margin.

Jones made all six of her field goal attempts and finished with 16 points. She also handled seven rebounds and dished out two assists. Powers had another big night with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, and she canned four big free throws in the second half to help hold off Sherrard. Payne’s stat sheet showed 11 points, eight assists and three steals, and she was four of four from the stripe in the final quarter. Donna was a big factor inside with eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.


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