Ipswich under-16s took the game to the final possession but suffered a tough defeat in overtime away to Sheffield Hatters.
The game started with both teams exchanging baskets and Ipswich managing to get some great looks from close range. The second quarter saw the same pattern as Ipswich continued to play great basketball and found themselves getting many high-percentage chances at the basket. For all their industry on offense, however, Ipswich still saw themselves trailing by two at half-time.
The third quarter saw both teams score 12 points, but Ipswich began to pick up some fouls. In the fourth quarter, Sheffield came out stronger and fighting harder for the win. After a time-out by coach Amy Linton and some reassurance, the Suffolk girls pulled back a six-point deficit to pull back to an even game. With a time out in favour of Ipswich and a sideline play drawn up, Ipswich couldn’t find a score to win the game so overtime was on its way.
The extra period saw both teams exchange baskets but unfortunately with some missed free throws by Ipswich and an unfortunate set of free throws for Sheffield with seconds to go; the hosts scored one – enough to win the game 52-51.
“Although it’s a tough loss to take, the girls have shown they can compete with the best teams in the league and should take this positive outlook into the final 3 games of the regular season,” said Coach Linton after the game.
Esther Little led the scoring for Ipswich with 17; Cameron Taylor-Willis added 13 points and Ella Pearson 10 points.