Rafiu leads Under-14s past Haringey in statement win

Susannah's 21 points were a team-high for Ipswich in victory (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich faced their second London-based opponents in as many weeks as they welcomed conference leaders Haringey Angels to Copleston on Saturday.

The opening minutes saw the two teams trade baskets and it took until the sixth minute before either team pushed ahead, the Ipswich defence were limiting chances for Haringey and deservedly they took a 12-6 lead into the second period. The visitors took the next quarter on the back of converted transition opportunities and at the half-way stage only one point separated the two sides.

The contest remained closely matched in the third with Ipswich limiting chances for the visitors but failing to capitalise at the offensive end and Ipswich entered the final frame trailing by four points.

Ipswich limited Haringey to only four baskets from open play in the fourth quarter and this offered the platform for strong scoring performances down the stretch from Susannah Rafiu (21pts) and Makenna Williams (16pts) to seal the game in Ipswich’s favour. 

Everyone that took to the court contributed to the scoring and maybe more importantly, they came together as a defensive unit, quietening the guards and forcing a number of shot clock violations.

“What a win!” said Head Coach Kevin Manning, who is in his first season as a head coach with IBC.

“This performance sill hopefully show the girls what they are capable of – not that we played excellent basketball throughout but more that we dug in together in the final two minutes of the game to get a result.

“I’m thrilled with this performance and I hope we can build on it in weeks to come.”