Amboy freshman steps up for injured sister
Coming of age
MORRISON – Delaney Wilhelm did not start, but did she ever finish.
The 15-year-old Amboy freshman played well beyond her years, scoring 20 of her 24 points after hafltime as the Clippers topped Morrison 64-57 in double overtime in a Three Rivers North matchup Thursday at Morrison.
Amboy (13-5, 6-2) is without injured junior starter Sydney Wilhelm, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder. She is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Sydney's younger sister is filling in quite nicely.
Delaney scored eight points in the fourth quarter, as the Clippers erased a 10-point deficit and sent the game to overtime.
She ended the first overtime with a 25-foot, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the game to a second overtime.
And, in the second extra period, she scored seven more points to put the game away.
"It's nerve-racking, but the team's really good to me," said Delaney Wilhelm, who has tried to step up in her sister's absence. "We play the same position, so I knew I was going to have to play harder than I usually do, and have to play more."
"I was out on her. I was amazed by that when I turned around," said Morrison's Chelsea Eads, who scored 16 points. "I was like, 'Wow.'"
Amboy coach Mike McCracken is getting used to seeing Delaney Wilhelm heroics. She was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, all in the fourth quarter and second overtime.
"She made the last four free throws on Monday night to win the game [a 41-39 win over Bureau Valley]," McCracken said. "I kept telling her, 'Make two more for your sister. All the yelling in the stands and everything didn't bother her. She just kept putting in her free throws."
Morrison (11-11, 3-6) went up 19-8 early in the second quarter, and led 25-15 at the half.
The Clippers fought back to take a 29-27 lead at the 3:43 mark of the third quarter.
The Fillies answered with a 12-0 tear to go up 39-29 with 6:53 left in the fourth quarter.
Kaitlyn Liebing added 13 points, Kennedy Dinges eight, and Elizabeth Ortgiesen seven for Amboy.
Eads and freshman Emma Sitzmore led the way for Morrison, scoring 16 points apiece. Ashley Greul tossed in 10, and Lakin Goodman eight.
"It's a disappointing outcome, but we played very well," Eads said. "I'm proud of the way we played."
"Amboy seized the moment. They made the shots when they mattered," Morrison coach Tyler Whitebread said. "We have struggled to finish games, but they hit some huge shots."
Star of the game: Delaney Wilhelm, Amboy, 24 points, 20 after halftime
Key performers: Chelsea Eads & Emma Sitzmore, Morrison,16 points apiece; Kaitlyn Liebing, Amboy, 13 points
Up next: Amboy at Erie, 7:30 p.m. Monday; Morrison at Bureau Valley, 7:30 p.m. Thursday