Lady Clippers season ends in Regional championship game

Posted 2/24/22

DURAND – The Amboy Lady Clippers saw their basketball season come to a close in the championship game of the Durand Class 1A Regional. Amboy finished the campaign with a 23-9 record.

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Lady Clippers season ends in Regional championship game

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DURAND – The Amboy Lady Clippers saw their basketball season come to a close in the championship game of the Durand Class 1A Regional. Amboy finished the campaign with a 23-9 record.

After defeating Rockford Christian Life in the regional opener, the Lady Clippers traveled to Durand to take on Dakota in the semifinals and Amboy came away with a hard-fought 29-26 win. Amboy managed to keep a small lead for all four quarters of the low-scoring contest, as both teams struggled with their shooting because of tough defense.

Courtney Ortgiesen had her second double-double of the season and it came at a great time. She poured in 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Amboy’s attack. She also had four blocked shots. Olivia Dinges was double-teamed most of the game and ended with six points, but she led the squad with 18 rebounds and six assists. Elly Jones added five points and four steals, while Maeve Larson provided three points and six boards.

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The win propelled Amboy into the championship game where it faced a tough Freeport Aquin team and the Lady Clippers went down to defeat, 33-23, on Feb. 17 at Durand.

Amboy trailed 8-4 after the first quarter with both teams playing great defense. The Lady Clippers continued to struggle with their shooting and fell behind 18-4 midway through the second period. They were able to fight back to a 21-12 halftime deficit. Amboy closed to within six points in the second half, but Aquin hit a big three-pointer to stave off the rally.

Amboy converted 31 percent of its two-point field goal attempts and misfired on all 10 of its three-point tries. Aquin countered with seven of 21 from three-point range. The Lady Clippers were able to shut down Aquin’s inside game, but they were unable to completely shut down the Lady Bulldogs.

Dinges led Amboy with 10 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. It was her 14th double-double of the season for a school record. Jones collected five points and two steals, while four players provided two points apiece – Larson, Ortgiesen, Lexi Ketchum and Tyrah Vaessen. Ortgiesen hauled down six rebounds, while Larson and Ketchum had four caroms apiece.

It was a great year for the three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and four freshmen. A big thank-you to assistant coaches Elizabeth Ortgiesen, Emma Lindenmeyer and Shauna Dinges.

Three-Point Showdown

Prior to the championship game, the three-point shooting contest was held and Amboy was represented by Dinges, Ortgiesen, Jones and Addison Pertell. Jones made six of 15 shots, Ortgiesen connected on seven of 15, and Dinges and Pertell both netted eight of 15 from beyond the arc.

Six of the 22 shooters tied with eight makes. Those six players attempted 10 shots from the corners. Dinges made four of 10 and advanced with three other shooters to the Forreston Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 24.