Force take shot at semi-finals
THE pressure is on.
Ipswich Force's under-14 state title hopes rest on the verdict of today's final round-robin clash.
The hometown girls will face the Brisbane Capitals in a match that has plenty on the line.
A loss would set Ipswich back into the playoffs for positions five to eight.
A win would almost guarantee a place in the top four, provided Gold Coast Waves continue their unbeaten streak and get over the top of Runaway Bay in their final encounter.
Ipswich continued their winning form yesterday, with convincing wins against South West Metro (66-52) and Cairns Dolphins (82-26) to keep their campaign alive.
The experience of Queensland representative Hanna Tusa began to show for Ipswich, the talented forward/centre racking up 53 points in yesterday's two victories.
Khajdeishe Lologa, Khaedin Taito and Hayley Chisholm all played valuable supporting roles on offense.
With two losses Brisbane are a slim chance of making the semi-finals, but they have shown enough to suggest they will be more than a handful for the Force.
The Waves remain undefeated and on top of the ladder with four straight wins.
A loss and a win yesterday puts Ipswich's second team fourth on the Division 2 ladder behind Townsville, Logan and Toowoomba.
Louise Freiberg remains their top scorer.
Games continue today from 10.40am.
Meanwhile, a 17-point effort from Moa Naunau secured Ipswich's first win at the under-14 boys State Classics at Auchenflower.
Yesterday's 58-54 victory over Northside was followed by a heart-breaking 53-52 loss to Runaway Bay.
Division 1: Ipswich Force 66 (Hanna Tusa 29, Liesl Thrum 8, Katie Williams 7) def South West Metro 52; Gold Coast waves 65 def Brisbane Capitals 37; Runaway Bay 55 def Cairns Dolphins 29; Logan Thunder 77 def Northside Wizards 3; Southern District Spartans 71 def Mackay Meteorettes 37; Townsville Flames 77 def Maroochydore 59; Runaway Bay 37 def Brisbane Capitals 34; Gold Coast Waves 71 def South West Metro 56; Ipswich Force 82 (Hanna Tusa 24, Khajdeishe Lologa 15, Khaedin Taito 8, Hayley Chisholm 8) def Cairns Dolphins 26.
Division 2/3: Toowoomba 57 def Rockhampton 32; Brisbane Silver 93 def Bundaberg 12; Ipswich Force 2 64 (Brianna Costin 15, Carlie Profke 12, Louise Freiberg 12) def Caboolture Suns 30; Mulgrave Coastal 91 def Gladstone 27; Logan Storm 66 def Southern Districts Trojans 33; Mackay Comettes 40 def South West Purple 34; Logan Storm 66 def Gladstone 45; Townsville Lightning 78 def Ipswich Force 2 32 (Louise Freiberg 12, Brianna Costin 7); Brisbane Silver 56 def Caboolture Suns 32; Toowoomba 90 def Bundaberg 16