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Ipswich make more history as Under 16 Girls win National Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:42 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 26 February 2018

Ipswich celebrate winning the Under 16 National Cup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich celebrate winning the Under 16 National Cup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

Under 16 National Cup Final

Ipswich 58

Haringey Angels 42

Ipswich Basketball Club made history for the second time in the space of a few weeks as their Under 16 Girls won the National Cup Final with a dominant performance.

Ipswich Basketball Under 16 Girls celebrate winning the National Cup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich Basketball Under 16 Girls celebrate winning the National Cup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The team crushed rivals Haringey Angels 58-42 at Worcester Arena, and in doing so followed in the footsteps of the Senior Women’s team, who won the first National Cup in club history last month.

The game started off with both teams trading baskets as neither established full control of the game.

Ipswich captain Cameron Taylor-Willis delivers the cup to the joyous team. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich captain Cameron Taylor-Willis delivers the cup to the joyous team. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich were fighting hard and doing the basics well but two three-pointers from Haringey’s Jade Guidolin-Duncan saw Ipswich trailing by a point at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw a change with two quick scores from Ipswich’s Tash Jarvis and Esther Little.

Ipswich's Esther Little enjoys the celebrations. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Esther Little enjoys the celebrations. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

And, with great defensive plays from Little, Kenzie Day and Ella Pearson, the Ipswich side enjoyed a five-point cushion at the break.

Heading into the second half, quick scores from Little and Pearson saw the lead stretch to 11 as Ipswich continued to have the upper hand.

Ipswich's Susanna Rafiu splits the defence to make the layup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Susanna Rafiu splits the defence to make the layup. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

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With Susannah Rafiu dominating the glass and Abbie Yorke having the game of her life, Ipswich took an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Ipswich's Esther Little leading the charge out of defence. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Esther Little leading the charge out of defence. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

A huge three-pointer from captain Cameron Taylor-Willis saw the lead for Ipswich extend back into double figures and Ipswich were ahead to stay, running out winners by an impressive 16 points.

Coach Hayley Rigby said: “Today was a very special day for the team. We have had a very tough season, but this win makes everything worthwhile, especially as it was our best team performance to date.”

Ipswich's Esther Little ensuring that everyone on court understands what to do. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Esther Little ensuring that everyone on court understands what to do. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

England star Little was named MVP of the final. The 16-year-old, who is also a starter for the women’s side, finished the game with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

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Esther Little and Cameron Taylor-WIllis (captain) react as the final buzzer goes. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAEsther Little and Cameron Taylor-WIllis (captain) react as the final buzzer goes. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

She said: “We always knew it was going to be a tough match up. We needed to stick as a team and have each other’s backs. “Ultimately, this is what won us the game. Our aim now is to get the double done in one season!

“To play in one final and win was special but to do it twice was something else. Being part of this team and club means a lot to me.”

Ipswich's Ella Pearson makes an easy two points. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Ella Pearson makes an easy two points. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pearson finished with 13 points whilst Rafiu finished with a game-high 17 rebounds.

Ipswich captain Cameron Taylor-Willis and MVP Esther Little. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich captain Cameron Taylor-Willis and MVP Esther Little. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich star Esther Little with the MVP award. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich star Esther Little with the MVP award. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich celebrate their National Cup win. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich celebrate their National Cup win. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

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