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Ipswich Basketball Club wrap-up: Under 16 Girls reach National Cup final

The Ipswich team thank the crowd after their win the National Cup semi-final. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Ipswich team thank the crowd after their win the National Cup semi-final. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

Just a week after Ipswich’s Senior Women achieved cup glory, the club’s Under-16 girls are heading to another National Cup final after two wins this weekend over Surrey Goldhawks, writes Rob Schatten.

Esther Little led Ipswich past the Surrey Goldhawks twice in two days. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAEsther Little led Ipswich past the Surrey Goldhawks twice in two days. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Coach Hayley Rigby’s team kicked off with a 79-59 league victory on Saturday in a close and fast-past game. The hosts held an eight-point lead at half time, and although Surrey came out fighting in the 3rd quarter, Ipswich were able to pull out a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.

A clinical fourth-quarter performance allowed Ipswich to finish the game with a 20-point lead ready to match up again with Surrey on Sunday in the Cup semi-final. Scoring was led by Esther Little (23), Ella Pearson (17) and Cameron Taylor-Willis (15).

Saturday’s game set the tone for Sunday’s encounter, Surrey fighting back hard after the previous day’s defeat. The end of the first quarter saw the visitors lead by five.

Ipswich were unable to find their defensive intensity until late in the second quarter which changed the tone of the game and saw Ipswich ahead by seven at half time.

Ella Pearson scores for Ipswich Under 16 Girls. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAElla Pearson scores for Ipswich Under 16 Girls. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

In the second half, Ipswich settled into the game and found their rhythm to run out to a 10-point lead which was enough to fire them into the cup final on 24th February. Little top-scored again with 21, while Pearson added 20 and Taylor-Willis 11.

In the weekend’s other games, the Under-18s pulled off an important victory over visitors Bucks Hornets to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Ipswich blew the game open with a 29-point first quarter and didn’t let up from there on with a strong defensive performance.

Coach Kevin Manning and the Under-14 Girls came away from powerhouse programme Haringey Angels with a six-point loss despite a dogged performance from the Suffolk girls.

Ipswich's Susanna Rafiu makes the layup round the defense. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Susanna Rafiu makes the layup round the defense. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The Angels build a ten-point lead by the end of the third quarter and although Ipswich chipped away by winning the final frame, they couldn’t get close enough to extend the game. Annika Brown had 11 points, followed by Alicia Boddy and Millie Pearson on ten apiece.

The Under-14 Boys suffered from a torrid first quarter in Milton Keynes and were unable to recover from going down by 19 early on. Harrison Gregg scored 18 points, and Idriss Lebbie contributed 13.

It’s been a busy week across Suffolk and north Essex, here’s your catch-up guide to five things we learned this week.

If you heard the bang and fizz of fireworks but didn’t see them you probably missed the first day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival.

Yesterday East Anglia enjoyed bright and sunny spells but it looks like there could be a build-up of clouds later today.

Suffolk Constabulary chief constable Gareth Wilson writes about assaults on officers, how the force is improving its handling of non-emergency calls and the bravery of police dogs.

Members of the public are being advised not to approach a Hollesley Bay prisoner, who has absconded.

A man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after his vehicle was stopped due to way it was being driving.

Ipswich Borough Council leader DAVID ELLESMERE writes about what needs to happen to solve Britain’s housing crisis.

An Ipswich woman will appear on Channel 5’s Blind Date TV show this Saturday in hope of finding love accompanied by her guinea pig.

An army veteran from Colchester who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan has become an ambassador for an independent road safety charity.

Campaigners are calling for more scrutiny of police after strip-searches more than doubled over six years in Suffolk.

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