Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 12°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

Maya Price stars as Ipswich move to within one win of league title

PUBLISHED: 15:33 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 19 February 2018

Maya Price makes a reverse layup against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Maya Price makes a reverse layup against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

NBL Division Two North

Ipswich 92

Northamptonshire 56

Ipswich moved within one win of securing the Division Two North Championship and promotion to Division One, with another dominant performance away to Northamptonshire Titans, writes Oliver Williams.

Point guard Ashleigh Pink had a great game for Ipswich against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA Point guard Ashleigh Pink had a great game for Ipswich against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Suffolk side started the game at a blistering pace, opening up an 18-2 lead within five minutes. This lead was extended to 27-8 by the end of the first quarter.

Things didn’t get much better for Northamptonshire in the second quarter – despite scoring 17 points in the period, they could simply not stop Ipswich from scoring. By half-time, the score read 55-25 in favour of the Suffolk side.

The third quarter was a much lower scoring affair. Northamptonshire were playing with a higher level of intensity while Ipswich started the period with a number of careless turnovers forcing coach Nick Drane into a time-out.

After their brief dip in concentration, normal service was resumed. Ipswich finished the period with a 15-6 run, taking a 74-39 lead into the final quarter.

Harriet Welham once more led Ipswich in scoring in their win over Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA Harriet Welham once more led Ipswich in scoring in their win over Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Much like last week’s game against Nottingham, Ipswich seemingly took their foot off the gas, allowing their opponents their best quarter of the game.

Ipswich would still win the period by a single point and the game by a comfortable 36 points.

Maya Price had statistically her best game of the season with 22 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and a season-high 10 blocks, to go with 20 points, including 2/2 from the 3-point line.

Ashleigh Pink was all over the place with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. Harriet Welham as ever top scored with 32 points while Esther Little was again a triple double threat with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

Esther Little recahes for the ball against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA Esther Little recahes for the ball against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich now have 2 weeks off in which time Coach Nick Drane will hope to get his roster back to full fitness. Captain Amy Linton has missed the last 4 games with knee pain while Danni Cazey picked up a knock in Northamptonshire.

It is possible that Ipswich could secure the league title before their next game. Should Worcester Wolves lose between now and March 10th when Ipswich next play, then the Suffolk side will be crowned champions due to it being mathematically impossible for anyone to catch them.

Drane said: “It will be good to have a couple of weeks off, it’s been a crazy few weeks and it will be good to get Amy back while some of the other girls can rest some bumps and bruises while the younger girls can now concentrate on helping the u16 girls win a second national cup win of the season.”

Relatives of a teenager killed in Ipswich have issued a warning to young people about becoming involved in knife crime and gang culture and called for more to be done to stop violence in the town.

Are you among the many people pictured from the Great Ipswich Play Day at Landseer Park in 1981?

Dedicated staff at Colchester Hospital have been heralded as new figures show the trust has smashed the national A&E waiting time target for the third month in a row.

Police are appealing for information after a woman’s handbag was stolen from her car while she was driving in Ipswich.

More people than ever before are travelling on the rail lines in East Suffolk, new figures reveal.

Bosses at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich have turned around plummeting visitor numbers from 12 months ago to record soaring entry and income.

Police and ambulance were called to the scene in North Hill following reports of a single vehicle collision.

A group of campaigners set on making Needham Market station accessible for all were invited to Westminster yesterday for a formal meeting at the Department for Transport.

The Great Get Together, which has been inspired by former Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, is taking place at Northgate High School, in Ipswich, tomorrow.

A man has avoided going straight to jail for selling counterfeit goods on Facebook.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24