Lady Clippers run winning streak to 17 in a row


AMBOY — The Amboy Lady Clippers ran their winning streak to 17 in a row after downing three foes last week. AHS has an 18-1 overall record.

The Lady Clippers began the week with a 47-15 road thrashing of Milledgeville on Jan. 10. Amboy jumped out to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and a 29-12 halftime margin. The Lady Clippers kept increasing their lead with a 12-2 third quarter.

Addison Pertell exploded for 22 points on nine of 18 shooting. Pertell also grabbed five rebounds and had three steals. 

Tyrah Vaessen and Courtney Ortgiesen chipped in with six points apiece, while Vaessen led with five steals and Ortgiesen topped the team with 10 rebounds. 

Also contributing to the lopsided victory were Elly Jones (five points, five rebounds, five steals, three assists), Maeve Larson (two points, four rebounds), Kenley Wilson (two points, four rebounds) Gloria Parker (two points) and Kiera Karlson (two points).

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Ashton-Franklin Center visited the AHS gym on Jan. 12 in another NUIC South contest and Amboy cruised to a 33-13 win. The Lady Clippers got off to another fast start with a 12-2 first-quarter advantage and a 17-7 halftime cushion. The margin increased to 17 (26-9) after three frames.

AHS’s sophomore guards led the way with Pertell pumping in 12 points on five of 10 shooting and Vaessen providing 10 tallies on four of five field goals. Vaessen added team highs in rebounds with eight and assists with seven. Adding to the win total were Larson and Ortgiesen each with four points and seven rebounds, while Emily Sachs scored a free throw and had six boards, and Karlson scored a bucket and had three caroms.

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Amboy made it a perfect week with a 37-29 win at Stockton on Jan. 14. Nothing was smooth in the game as there were a total of 40 fouls called and 43 free throws shot. Both teams had trouble shooting the ball as Amboy was 12 of 57 and Stockton made just nine of 40 shots.

With four of the top six players in foul trouble, nothing was easy for the Lady Clippers, who led 19-16 at intermission. AHS was able to stretch the lead to eight heading to the fourth period.

Jones paced the team with 15 points and four assists, followed by Pertell with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals, and Larson with six points, six boards, two assists and two steals. Also, Ortgiesen supplied five points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Vaessen had six caroms, five steals and three assists.

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