Ipswich under-14 basketballer Jada Schultz displays fine court coverage on her way to scoring 11 points in yesterday’s state titles win over South West Metro at Ipswich stadium.
Ipswich under-14 basketballer Jada Schultz displays fine court coverage on her way to scoring 11 points in yesterday’s state titles win over South West Metro at Ipswich stadium. Rob Williams

Unbeaten Force girls work hard

BEING the busy person she is, Ipswich state league basketballer and coach Marney Lee had little time to reflect on her young team's terrific day.

However, she was thrilled last night as she dashed off to training with the Ipswich Force women's side.

The Ipswich under-14 girls team remained unbeaten at the Queensland championships in Ipswich after overpowering South West Metro 71-32 and Gold Coast Seahawks 76-58 yesterday.

With wins over Mackay (82-39) and Logan 1 (67-57) on Monday, the talented Force girls are on track for this afternoon's Division 1 semi-finals.

However, Ipswich must beat Cairns in today's 8am clash at Booval to ensure they secure a semi-final spot at the prestigious titles.

Ipswich last night led their Division 1 pool on eight points, with Cairns and Logan close behind on seven.

That means a win in this morning's game at Cotton On Foundation Stadium is vital as the Ipswich girls chase a prized top four playoff spot.

Before rushing from yesterday's 4pm match against Gold Coast to training, Lee was delighted how well her team was handling the pressure and workload.

"They really stepped it up," she said, keen for a fifth win today to avoid any countback scenarios.

"If we beat Cairns (today), we come first in our pool.

"We've been working on our defence a lot and that really suits us."

Ipswich's top point-scorers against South West Metro were Kate Head (20) and Jada Schultz (11). Talita Taufua (9) and Cassandra Poulain (8) made valuable contributions.

Against the Gold Coast Seahawks, Talita led the way with 16 points, well supported by Jada (14), Cassandra (11) and Ainslee Heuston (12).

Ipswich's number two under-14 team was beaten by Bundaberg 73-19 yesterday, after two defeats on Monday.

The playoffs start this afternoon, leading into tomorrow's finals and medal games at Ipswich stadium.



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