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Esther Little stars as Ipswich Basketball Women start season with a huge win in the cup

Esther Little led Ipswich with 32 points against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Esther Little led Ipswich with 32 points against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

National Cup

Ipswich Women 109

Northamptonshire Titans 67

Ipswich Basketball Club’s Senior Women got their competitive season off to an impressive start with an emphatic 109-67 win against a tough and talented Northamptonshire Titans team.

Ipswich's Amy Linton brings the ball up court against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpswich's Amy Linton brings the ball up court against Northamptonshire. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich opened the game with an 8-0 run behind three point shots from Esther Little, Ashleigh Pink and a two from Danielle Cazey.

However, the Titans were not phased by the early onslaught and connected on two long range efforts of their own.

Ipswich would continue to play at a fast pace throughout the game, with Harriet Welham getting it going from the perimeter and in transition. By the end of the first quarter Ipswich held a seven point lead, 25-18.

The exhibition continued in the second quarter as Ipswich extended their lead with the bench players all stepping up and making big plays – by the interval Ipswich led 55-34.

- Mixed weekend for Ipswich Men

The third quarter was where the Suffolk side played their best basketball, winning the period 36-13 with the whole team contributing to a dominant performance.

Ipswich led 91-47 as the visitors clearly tired and began to get frustrated.

In the fourth, Ipswich coach Nick Drane rotated his team heavily as the score wound down, with Ipswich recording a resounding victory in front of a packed Copleston.

England international Little led the way with 32 points, while Pink added 24 and Welham 22.

Drane said: “This was a great start for us. Northamptonshire are a well coached, talented team and this was a great challenge for us.

“Offensively I thought we were excellent at times, but we need to do a much better job of taking care of the ball and we also shot just 44% from the foul line which isn’t good enough – but these are things that we can work on”.

Ipswich have their first league game next Saturday when they make the long trip to the Midlands to face Worcester Wolves.

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.

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.

Warnings of a deluge of snow in the next two weeks are not to be believed, a weather forecaster has warned.

Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses after an assault left a man with a broken jaw.

MPs from across Suffolk and north Essex were still waiting to hear details of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal for most of Wednesday – but the area’s only Labour MP warned there was “zero chance” of the agreement getting support from the House of Commons.

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