Mixed weekend yields big wins and defeats for Ipswich Basketball’s young players

Esther Little top-scored for the under-16s with 17 points

Esther Little top-scored for the under-16s with 17 points - Credit: Archant

There were big wins and big losses alike for Ipswich’s junior sides this weekend.

Coach Hayley Rigby’s Under-14 Girls avenged a previous defeat with a resounding 78-38 win over Northants Lightning, behind 19 points from Susannah Rafiu and 15 from Cameron Taylor-Willis.

“The players knew what they needed to do to secure a win this time,” said coach Rigby. “We were competitive both offensively and defensively today.

“This game has truly marked the team’s improvement over this season.”

The Under-18 Boys made their final road trip of the regular season to Shoeburyness Scorpions, and were never challenged on their way to a 66-33 win. The game was used to give everyone lots of court time and introduce some new defensive tactics. Ben Mobee, Jonny Hall and Caleb Moses led the scoring for coach Dave Girling’s men.

Also victorious were coach Adam Robinson’s Under-18 Girls, who beat Sevenoaks Suns away from home 61-48 proving that on their day they are capable competing with anyone. Ipswich produced some of the best basketball they’ve played all season moving the ball brilliantly in the half court.

A huge team effort on defence combined with brilliant outside shooting led Ipswich to a much deserved victory. Ashleigh Pink scored 15 points, Freya Cooney 13 and Jasmine Tebbit 10.

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A long road trip resulted only in a tough defeat in overtime away to Sheffield for the Under-16 Girls, who lost 52-51. After a remarkably close game throughout, overtime saw both teams exchange baskets but unfortunately with some missed free throws by Ipswich, it was the hosts who made the crucial free throw to win the game. Esther Little led Ipswich with 17 points.

A very high paced physical game saw Colin Dockrell’s Under-14 Boys beaten 58-108 by Newham Youngbloods. Missing theirr strongest post defender, Ipswich were unable to compete with Newham’s centres who combined for half of their team’s points.

Arron MacDonald’s under-16 Boys fell to a heavy 102-41 defeat at national cup winners, Haringey Hawks. Ipswich amassed a total of just 11 points in the first half, but competed far better as the game wore on.

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