The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 17, 2014

Amboy wins double-OT thriller


Wilhelm had to be the hero Monday night, too. And, she’s only a freshman.

“She scored the last four points for us on free throws,” Amboy coach Mike McCracken explained. “I kept telling her to make two more for her sister. She kept putting them in despite the stress. We knew as long as the ball was in her hands that she would take over.”

Delaney’s sister, Sydney, a junior, was sidelined with an ankle injury, and according to McCracken, the timetable for Sydney’s return is unknown.

Delaney Wilhelm wasn’t the only freshman on the floor for Amboy late in Thursday’s win. Hallie Nauman and Karlee Doege, who each had a basket, have had to be role players following Sydney’s injury.

“They’re growing up quickly,” McCracken said. “They give us fits all the time at practice in scrimmage situations.”

While Amboy traveled back home with a win, the Fillies had to deal with losing a close game that they could have won.

McCraken knew that despite being behind 25-15 at halftime, his team had the willpower to make a comeback.

“I kept trying to tell them that we were OK, and that we could come back from it,” McCracken said. “We came out and played really well. It certainly wasn’t easy, but we got there.”

“I told the girls that this was a great game, and their effort showed tonight,” Morrison coach Tyler Whitebread said. “At times we played well, and there were times where we had lapses, but we’re going to have those. I know we can learn from it, but this feeling sucks right now, but it was a fun game to be a part of.”

Whitebread was positive toward the fact that the Fillies competed hard for 40 minutes with the second best team in the Three Rivers Conference.

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