Ipswich basketball round-up: Perfect weekend as every side wins

Ipswich U16 girls celebrate victory over the Southend Swifts

Ipswich U16 girls celebrate victory over the Southend Swifts - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Basketball enjoyed a perfect weekend, with every team at the club winning.

Maya Price of Ipswich U16 girls, blocks a Southend shooter, one of 6 blocks she made in the game

Maya Price of Ipswich U16 girls, blocks a Southend shooter, one of 6 blocks she made in the game - Credit: Archant

The senior women travelled away to face Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge in a chippy game, in which Captain Amy Linton sustained a concussion early in the second half.

A huge defensive effort in the latter stages keyed a comeback for the Blue ladies, as Harriet Welham stepped up to orchestrate the offence, dropping 17 points and playing with poise in the crunch.

Danni Cazey was again lights-out, shooting 75% from three en-route to 21 points, while Emma Camp (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Charleene Tom (17 rebounds) controlled the glass in a 64-71 win to extend their winning streak to five games, ahead of their trip to league-leading Oaklands next week.

The U18 Men travelled to Oxford looking to extend their streak to five wins, and maintain momentum in their playoff push.

Jess Baker of Ipswich U16 girls, putting pressure on the Southend ball handler

Jess Baker of Ipswich U16 girls, putting pressure on the Southend ball handler - Credit: Archant


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The hosts started strongly, as the lads struggled to get their longest journey of the season out of their legs, but soon showed Oxford that they wouldn’t be denied a win as they turned the defensive intensity up in a 58-76 win in which they rarely got out of second gear.

Rory Winter (14), James Andrews (13) and Dan Ashby (11) led a balanced attack for the Blues.

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While the U16 Boys bounced back from their semi-final setback last week by registering a 57-64 road win against London Greenhouse Pioneers, the Under 16’s girls faced Southend, and avenged an earlier defeat with a 74-63 win.

Freya Cooney (25), Ash Pink (16) and Jess Baker (12) led the scoring.

The U14 Girls took a 35-52 win back to Suffolk following their trip to Herts Warriors, while the U14 Boys were dominant, despite being depleted due to illness, in their away win against Cambridge Cats, with Winter (22), Tebbit (16) and Payne (11) leading the way in a 39-65 win.

The streak continued for the U13 Boys thanks to a 79-53 win against Brentwood Leopards.

Veron led all scorers with 33, supported by Huggins (23) and Swain (10) as Coach Lambert’s depleted team moved to 16-0 with just two regular season games remaining.

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