Just like last season, the Under-16 Girls faced Oaklands Wolves in the first game of the season.
The game started very slowly with both teams struggling to finish around the basket however even in the early minutes it became clear that Wolves would struggle guarding Esther Little 1 on 1, as the England international succeeded in drawing several early fouls. Little found herself getting to the line 4 times in the space of 7 minutes. With this edge and some great, organised defence Ipswich had a very slim lead of just two points by the end of the quarter.
In the second and third quarter Ipswich found their rhythm with Emily Baker hitting two 3s and Scarlet Copping hitting some outside jump shots as well as getting to the basket. Ipswich dominated the boards in these two quarters and won offensive rebounds time after time which again helped to extend the lead. By the end of the third quarter Ipswich held a lead of 10.
The fourth quarter again started well for Ipswich with them going on a 9-0 run within the first two minutes. However, through a lack of concentration from Ipswich, Wolves went on their own 13-3 run which allowed them to claw back some of the lead. After a quick time out and a change of personnel on court Ipswich played patient and sensible basketball to finish the game 51-67 to the away team.
“Of course we knew this was going to be a tough game to start the season,” said Coach Amy Linton, “but I was also very confident that the girls had worked hard enough during the week and previous weeks building up to this game to come out with a win. Now we need to keep that momentum going in another tough game next weekend.”
The girls have a home fixture next weekend, facing Southwark Pride on Saturday. Tip-off is 3pm.
Top scorers – Copping 19 points, Little 15, Baker 9.