DSC_3877Saturday saw the home rematch of last weekend’s close clash between Hornets U16g and Ipswich.¬†Fired up from a successful week’s play for both Hornets and the National Schools second round, the girls were keen to extend their success with a home win at AVA vs 4th placed Ipswich.

With a bench of just seven players, the team lead the first quarter 15-8. Quick pick ups under the basket and speed down the court worked well against the Ipswich defence, Niahm, Molly K and Charlotte defended well against tall players and with Kiylo’s quick breaks, Ella’s three pointers finding their mark and Ciara converting chances under the basket, Hornets clocked up an equally strong second quarter, building a 10pt lead, breaking for half time 26-16 up.

Ipswich came back from the break with a new plan, changing from man to man to zone defence which gave our girls less space to drive. They quickly regained ground and in the space of 5 minutes closed the 10 pt gap and finished the 3rd quarter matching Hornets 34-34.

In the final quarter, Ipswich closed in for more agressive play, not giving our girls space, which led to fouls for both teams. Fitness was again an issue for Hornets with a bench of just 7 vs Ipswich 10 there was less chance to rotate players. A stand out performance from Ipswich No 9 Esther gave them the edge to just steal the match in the final quarter, finishing eight points clear.

Hornets top scorers Kiylo Solgabade, Ella Messetter, Ciara Belsham.

Reflecting after the match, Coach Jenner congratulated the team, “The first half of this match was possible the best basketball we have played all season. There are some great learning points here from which we can move forward in our remaining matches”.