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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

National Cup champions Ipswich stay on course for unbeaten season

PUBLISHED: 13:53 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 29 January 2018

Harriet Welham led Ipswich again with 30 points against Derbyshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Harriet Welham led Ipswich again with 30 points against Derbyshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

WNBL Division Two

Ipswich 85

Derbyshire Gems 66

Ipswich Basketball Club’s Senior Women maintained their unbeaten season with an important win against the Derbyshire Gems, writes William Russell.

Danni Cazey drives into the key for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKADanni Cazey drives into the key for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

After a week filled with celebrations and emotion due to their historic comeback victory in the National Cup Final, Ipswich could have been forgiven for starting the game slowly – which is exactly what happened.

Despite Ipswich’s perfect start to the season, Derbyshire came into the game with a 5-1 record, sitting comfortably in second place in the league table, in the knowledge that a win would put them joint top of the league with the Suffolk side.

So Ipswich needed to make sure they kept their concentration to pull off an important win.

Derbyshire, who boast the services of former GB Senior International, Jo Claydon, started the better of the two teams – opening up a 9-6 lead, forcing Ipswich to call a time out.

Amy Linton drives for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAAmy Linton drives for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

And when captain Amy Linton was withdrawn from the game due to injury, Ipswich were put under further pressure.

However, for all their talent, the most impressive things about this group of players is their character. The home side simply did not panic, adjusted and quickly erased the Derbyshire lead, opening up a 25-14 advantage.

The second quarter saw Ipswich further extend their lead as they opened things up – taking a 44-30 lead into the half time break.

Derby bounced back with their highest scoring period of the game in the third, tying the period 22-22.

Ipswich's Danni Cazey wins the loose ball contest against Derbyshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Danni Cazey wins the loose ball contest against Derbyshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

But the fourth quarter saw normal service resumed, as Ipswich eventually wore down their opponents, winning the period by five points and taking the 85-66 victory. Harriet Welham led the way again with 30 points, backed by Maya Price’s 21 points and 18 rebounds. Ashleigh Pink racked up 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Ipswich head coach Nick Drane said: “There is still an awful lot of basketball to be played this season, we are technically not even half way through our league season so while all of this hype and attention is great for the programme, our ultimate goal is to win the division and secure promotion to Division One, and we haven’t done that yet!”

Ipswich are at home again this weekend when they host bottom of the table Nottingham Trent Wildcats at 3pm on Sunday.

Delays and cancellations continue on trains going to and from London Liverpool Street after an earlier points failure.

Millions of pounds of cutbacks for council services in Suffolk next year have been revealed – with homes facing further council tax rises for the next three years.

A cyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Ipswich.

The decision on whether to give Stansted Airport the go ahead to raise its passenger numbers by eight million a year has been approved.

Suffolk police is seeking an ‘inspirational’ replacement for its outgoing chief constable.

An academy trust which has come under fire from concerned parents is to relinquish control of two Felixstowe schools amid government pressure.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on the A12 near Darsham.

Delays and cancellations are expected from London Liverpool Street services to East Anglia after a points failure.

A holiday lodge park in Suffolk which opened last year has won a diamond award for its exceptional quality and outstanding customer service.

Ipswich residents are being urged to be vigilant following a distraction burglary in which a purse was stolen from an elderly couple.

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