On Saturday, Ipswich welcomed local rivals County Upper Wolves to HQ for the season’s second installment of the Suffolk Derby, resulting in a 111-40 victory for Kevin Manning’s undefeated charges.
The home side started the day on top of the conference, with County arriving in third place with a 7-4 record.
Ipswich started the brighter of the two sides with an 8-0 run, and restricted the visitors’ movement and scoring opportunities to take a 25-10 lead after one quarter. More of the same in the second saw Ipswich lead 50-17 at half-time.
With the game secured, players took their turn to contribute but the scoring didn’t let up in the second half.
Monster offensive performances from the team’s most dependable scorers set the tone for the win, powered along by a break-out display from Olivia Manning, who finished with 36 points. Yasmin Edwards added 24.
Ipswich’s record moves to 12-0, and the Conference title has been secured.
The Under-16s suffered a tough loss on the road to a very competitive and game Harrow Falcons, 81-74.
The inability to stop the quick and athletic Harrow team in transition at the beginning of the game ultimately created too much of a gap for Ipswich to make up.
Ipswich put on a fantastic second half display to bring a double digit deficit to just four points, but costly turnovers and missed layups late on would halt any fight back heroics, costing Ipswich a much-needed win.
Seb Mobee top-scored with 22 points while Harry Syrett added 16.
The Under-16 Girls suffered a heart-breaking 55-57 loss to Luton.
The score was tied at half time, but Ipswich had built a four-point advantage going into the final quarter.
With both teams trading baskets and increasing the defensive intensity, the Ipswich side found themselves down by two with 13 seconds to go.
“It is safe to say the team are heartbroken but the team performance today was second to none and whilst the team did not get a win, they marked their development of what was inevitably going to be a tough season,” said Coach Hayley Rigby.