The Amboy varsity girls' basketball team finished a busy week winning two of three games. AHS defeated Bureau Valley on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 by scores of 47-23 and 42-19. A trip to Sterling Newman was its usual tough game on Jan. 12, and Amboy lost a hard-fought 39-36 contest.
On Tuesday, the Lady Clippers had great balanced scoring. Autumn Smith led all scorers with 12 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Smith also controlled the inside defense with four blocked shots. Four players scored seven points. Kaitlyn Liebing had seven points and 10 rebounds, Kennedy Dinges had seven points, three assists and four recoveries, Brooke Lovgren had seven points and four recoveries, and Micaela McCoy had seven points and five caroms. Also, Tori Welch dropped in four points and six rebounds, while Danielle Corcoran added three points.
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On Thursday, Smith again led Amboy with 14 points and she added nine rebounds, while she made life miserable for Bureau Valley inside players with five blocks. Her last two blocks put her over the century mark at 101 for her career. She has surpassed her season record of blocks with 45.
Lovgren poured in 13 points including three long-ranger bombs and she had five recoveries. Welch did her job with six points and seven rebounds and McCoy had four points and four boards. Liebing picked up three points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Dinges had three assists and five recoveries. Kaitlyn Appleman added a bucket.
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The Lady Clippers gave all they had but came up short against Newman. Seniors Smith and Lovgren led the way with nine points apiece. Smith also led with nine rebounds and four blocks. Also, Liebing added eight points and four caroms, Appleman had four points and three assists, Dinges dished out three assists, while Welch chipped in with four points and Elizabeth Ortgiesen added a hoop.
It doesn't get any easier for AHS this week as it hosts 15-5 Erie on Thursday, Jan. 17 and travels to Prophetstown (19-3) on Saturday, Jan. 19.