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Ipswich Basketball Club round-up: Esther Little and Cameron Taylor-Willis shine for Under-16 girls

PUBLISHED: 16:49 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:25 25 September 2017

England star Esther Little led Ipswich with 23 points

England star Esther Little led Ipswich with 23 points

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The weekend saw several of Ipswich Basketball Club’s junior sides also get their campaigns underway, writes Rob Schatten.

Coach Hayley Rigby oversaw the weekend’s only win for Ipswich’s juniors, as her first match as under-16 Girls’ coach ended with a 74-50 win at Nottingham Wildcats.

During a close first quarter the Ipswich girls were able to edge ahead with a 10 point lead going into the half. After the break, they made the most of their experience to run away to eventually record a more comfortable victory.

“Whilst the game was high intensity, the players didn’t quit,” said coach Rigby. “Whilst it was a good win, there are still improvements to be made. Nevertheless, it’s a great start to the season for the team with all players contributing.”

Esther Little and Cameron Taylor-Willis scored 23 points apiece, with Ella Pearson adding nine – all three on the back of being named to international teams during this past summer.

Adam Robinson’s tenure as under-16 Boys’ coach began with a 57-49 defeat at NASSA.

After a tremendous start, Ipswich saw a first-quarter lead slip away. Ethan Price led the way with 19 and Ahmed Yusoof added 13, but despite a fourth-quarter comeback a combination of defensive lapses and turnovers led to the boys starting the season 0-1.

At Copleston, there was a tough 45-77 loss to Shoeburyness Scorpions for Syd Payne’s under-14 Boys, with the coach noting his players displayed glimpses of their potential but fell due to inconsistent levels of defence.

The work ethic of Riley Clarkson and Luke Da Silva stood out, as well as a good debut for young Issac Holland.

Da Silva led the way with 12 points and Ben Michaels had 10.

Noel Lambert is another coach with a new brief this season, and he saw his under-18 men make a strong start before eventually running out of steam for a 67-64 loss at Milton Keynes Trojans.

The veteran coach said the performance was “not bad, with two players making National League debuts and I’m sure we will see more from them.” Ben Winter (18 points) and Matt Spurling (16) led the scoring.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy spoke openly about his uncertain future at this morning’s press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Championship game at Preston. STUART WATSON posed the questions.

Martyn Waghorn wants Ipswich Town to make a fast start and ‘have a real go’ at Preston North End tomorrow afternoon.

Mick McCarthy has confirmed striker David McGoldrick will not play again this season.

Mick McCarthy believes Luke Hyam needs to remain patient and push his case on the field as he enters the final few months of his Ipswich Town contract.

Mick McCarthy is hopeful Joe Garner will be fit to face former club Preston this weekend while a trio of youngsters could get a chance to impress at Deepdale.

Ipswich Town take on Preston North End, at Deepdale, on Saturday in what will be their third Championship game in seven days.

Ipswich Town travel to Preston North End for a third Championship game in seven days on Saturday. STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam knows he is playing for a future at the club he loves.

Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen believes wins will come if the recent level of performances are replicated.

There was a sense a toxic atmosphere awaited manager Mick McCarthy as the Blues faced Cardiff following the weekend’s events at Norwich.

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