OREGON – The Amboy Lady Clippers captured three wins out of four games to take fifth place in the Oregon Tip-off Tournament.
Amboy opened the season with a 49-35 verdict over Genoa-Kingston on Nov. 16.
Amboy trailed early in the first quarter, but fought back to an 11-10 lead after one. From there, the Lady Clippers slightly increased their lead to post the double-digit win.
Elly Jones led the attack with 13 points with a perfect 10 of 10 at the free throw line. Courtney Ortgiesen netted 10 points, while both players dished out four assists. Ortgiesen also had nine rebounds, four steals and four blocks, and Jones collected five steals. Emily Sachs chipped in with nine points and six boards, Maeve Larson pumped in eight points, Tyrah Vaessen dropped in six markers and Addison Pertell scored three points. Vaessen snared a team-high 10 rebounds and led with seven steals, while Pertell also had five pilfers.
Game two of the tournament was against a big Lena-Winslow team and Amboy could not stop its inside game and fell by a 44-36 count on Nov. 17.
Saddled with major foul trouble, the Lady Clippers fought back to a one-point deficit several times. They outscored L-W from the field, 35-34, but Amboy shot just two free throws compared to 17 for the Panthers.
Jones pumped in four three-pointers and had 12 points for Amboy, while she had six caroms and four assists. Pertell tallied seven points, followed by Sachs with five points and four rebounds. Vaessen, Larson and Ortgiesen each scored four points, while Vaessen grabbed eight rebounds and Ortgiesen added six boards.
After going to Monmouth to cheer on the football team, the Lady Clippers returned to action with two games on Nov. 20. The first contest was against Ashton-Franklin Center. After a rough first half, Amboy mounted a furious second-half comeback to post a 39-34 victory over the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Clippers struggled in the first half without Ortgiesen, who was out with an illness. Amboy made only three of 27 shots in the first 16 minutes. But Amboy came back to life in the third quarter and outscored AFC, 12-5, to trail 32-22 heading to the fourth. In the final frame, the Lady Clippers exploded for 17 points and held AFC to just two to pull off the amazing comeback.
The offensive output was led by Pertell, who finished with 19 points, 17 of them coming in the second half. Also contributing to the big win were Vaessen (eight points, nine rebounds), Jones (six points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals), Larson (three points, eight rebounds), Sachs (four rebounds, two points) and Kiara Karlson (one point, two rebounds, good defense).
In the final game of the tournament, Amboy met the host Oregon Lady Hawks in the fifth-place game and the Lady Clippers came out a winner, 39-23.
After leading 12-8 at the end of one, Amboy went to the locker room trailing 15-14. Amboy’s defense stiffened in the second half and held Oregon to eight points while scoring 25 of its own.
Pertell again topped the scoring chart with 12 points, followed by Jones with seven. Larson yanked down 12 rebounds and chipped in with six markers and three steals. Vaessen contributed six points, seven boards and four assists, while Karlson (six points, three steals, three rebounds) and Sachs (two points, two rebounds) aided the victory.
Elly Jones, Amboy; Kaitlin Park, Rockford Christian; Courtney Park, Rockford Christian; Hadley Lutz, Oregon; Ally Poegel, Genoa-Kingston; Grace Groezinger, Lena-Winslow; Harvest Day, Dixon; Taylor Jahn, AFC; Elaina Rager, Pecatonica; Lauren Mellentine, Pecatonica.