AMBOY - The Amboy Lady Clippers began the Amboy Holiday Tournament without two starters, but they still defeated Midland, 42-33.
AHS got off to a great start and took a 27-13 halftime lead. But Amboy got outscored 16-2 in the third quarter and the game was tied. However, the Lady Clippers righted the ship and scored 13 fourth-quarter points to just four for Midland.
Brooke Lovgren led the Amboy attack with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Tori Welch and Kaitlyn Liebing were next with eight points each, while Welch and Liebing had seven and six rebounds, respectively. Autumn Smith added six rebounds and three points. Micaela McCoy pulled down six rebounds, while Kaitlyn Appleman led with five assists and three recoveries. But it was Appleman's four for four free throws in the final minutes of the game that sealed the win. She finished with six points and six rebounds. Danielle Corcoran rounded out the scoring with two points.
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In game two, the Lady Clippers lost to a talented Plano team, 51-28. AHS trailed 21-12 at halftime.
Smith led with eight points and she also handled four caroms. Lovgren added seven points, Liebing had six points, six rebounds and three recoveries, while Welch chipped in with five points, four rebounds and three recoveries. Elizabeth Ortgiesen added one basket.
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Playing their third game in as many days, the Lady Clippers defeated a scrappy Paw Paw squad, 51-43.
Smith paced the Amboy attack with 16 points and four rebounds. Liebing had a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards, while Welch added five points and seven rebounds. Lovgren and Appleman each scored five points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists. Kennedy Dinges got her first substantial playing time in the tournament and had two points, four rebounds and three assists. McCoy dropped in four points.
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If three games in three nights is tough, four games in four nights is a real challenge. You would not know it as Amboy played its best game of the tournament and perhaps of the season with a 38-29 triumph over Indian Creek.
Early, the Lady Clippers benefited from three three-pointers by Lovgren, one trey by Dinges and a pair of baskets from Smith. AHS led 16-5 after one period and managed to stay ahead by nine or more the rest of the game.
Smith had a great game on offense and defense. She led the attack with 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Smith also had four blocked shots and four recoveries, and many other forced mistakes for the Indian Creek post players. Lovgren ended with 12 markers, three assists and two recoveries. Dinges was next with five points, Liebing had four points and six rebounds, Appleman added a bucket, four rebounds and three assists, and McCoy had two points and four assists.
The AHS girls captured third place in the tournament and improved their season record to 8-7.
Upcoming games for the Lady Clippers are Saturday, Jan. 5 at Morrison; Tuesday, Jan. 8 at home against Bureau Valley; Thursday, Jan. 10 at Bureau Valley and Saturday, Jan. 12 at Newman.