Ipswich Force basketballer Amanda Johnson looks for support during last Sunday's QBL match against Townsville at Llewellyn Stadium.
Ipswich Force basketballer Amanda Johnson looks for support during last Sunday's QBL match against Townsville at Llewellyn Stadium. Cordell Richardson

Force women eager for rapid response

BASKETBALL: A loss after seven consecutive wins is not always a bad thing. That's especially the case when other teams do you a favour and allow you to retain a top two spot.

The Ipswich Force women are in such a situation as they prepare for Sunday's latest QBL women's clash at Llewellyn Stadium.

After a rare poor first quarter against Townsville conceding 37 points, the Force women have to regroup for their latest clash against USC Rip City.

But after holding second place behind the team that just beat them 98-82, Force head coach Brad George was confident of a rapid response.

"They were all positive. They just had a shocking first quarter,'' George said.

"We just focused on what we need to do this weekend. They were all in good spirits.''

Like many teams at this time of the year, Force are managing some illness issues including to American import Amanda "AJ'' Johnson, who topscored with 32 points last Sunday.

Consistent performer Georgia Williams was also being monitored after copping a knock to her knee.

However, George expected his team to meet the challenge posed by mid-table USC Rip in Sunday's game at noon.

"They (USC) are a good side. They have got a lot of experience,'' he said. "They have caused a couple of upsets against higher teams.

"We've got ourselves in a good position where we can just keep playing and improving.''

Game day

QBL: Sunday (noon and 2pm) - Ipswich Force men's and women's teams v USC Rip City at Llewellyn Stadium.



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