Endeavour Ipswich Basketball Club’s senior women moved to 13-3 with a hard fought win on the road to Manchester Mystics on Saturday - a win that sets the table perfectly for a top of the table clash with City of London Academy next Saturday at Copleston.
Ipswich made the long trip north with a depleted squad, with Liv Forster rested as a precaution, while DeAnna Carrington and Hannah Gray were also both missing. This meant that Ipswich Head Coach Nick Drane would ask more of seventeen year old Cerys Leach while also handing a senior debut to young Anna Cartwright.
Ipswich led for almost the entire game, but the lead was never a comfortable one with the talented Manchester team refusing to go down without a fight. Ipswich were led again by Harriet Welham who showed off her all round game with an 18/8/7 performance while Yazmin Edwards added 14 and Christabel Osarobo and Louisa Gibbins both helped themselves to double-doubles. However, the show was somewhat stolen by young guard Cerys Leach, who stepped up in Forster’s absence, connecting on 11 consecutive points in the final five minutes of the game to bring home the win for the Suffolk side.
Ipswich also got valuable minutes from Danni Cazey and Olivia Partridge who demonstrated the strength in the depth of their roster.
With just six games left, it’s all to play for in WNBL Division One with Ipswich, Brent, CoLA and Thames Valley all very much still in the hunt for the league title, making Saturday’s encounter at Copleston vs CoLA at 3:30pm a huge game.