Bobcats are completely outgunned

IPSWICH Bobcats were completely outgunned in their RAF Junior Women's National League match against Haringey Angels in Hornsey and lost 100-19.Bobcats started well, with Natasha Hall using her height advantage to win the jump ball and score a lay-up in the opening minute.

IPSWICH Bobcats were completely outgunned in their RAF Junior Women's National League match against Haringey Angels in Hornsey and lost 100-19.

Bobcats started well, with Natasha Hall using her height advantage to win the jump ball and score a lay-up in the opening minute.

The league leaders responded with quick baskets by Tamique Weekes, Mary Durojaye and Kashmir Joseph to go 10-2 ahead, but Hall found Kirstie Moore in open space and the Ipswich forward scored two baskets and a free throw to keep Bobcats in the game at 15-8 midway through the first quarter.

A three-pointer by Josephine Salmon sparked a run of 14 unanswered points in a five-minute spell which saw Haringey take a 29-8 lead and Mrashi Karumba and Renee Johnson-Allen extended the score to 37-8 before Layla Weal scored to end Bobcats' barren spell.

That was to prove brief respite as Angels continued to press, forcing turnovers to extend the lead to 52-10 before Hall scored the last basket of the quarter from a telling pass by Roxanne Chambers.

The half-time team talk from Ipswich coaches Christel Macaudiere and Fay Greaves helped refocus Bobcats and they made a good start to the third quarter with baskets by Rosie Wowk and Natasha Hall, but Weekes and Karumba continued to dominate and a further basket by Hall was Bobcats' only score as Angels cruised to a 71-18 lead as the match went into the final quarter.

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Bobcats retained their composure and continued to try to execute the offence but were dominated by Angels pressing defence. Haringey piled on 29 unanswered points to before Hall secured a nine-point personal tally with a few seconds remaining and Angels ran out convincing winners with a 100-19 scoreline in which no less than five players scored double figures, Karumba scoring a game-high 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 steals.

Bobcats now have a three-week break before they visit Wandsworth Sting on Saturday, February 17.

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