Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Force End State Titles with Silver

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Force End State Titles with Silver

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Byline: BASKETBALL

IT WASN'T the fairytale ending she'd hoped for, but Ipswich coach Jenny Press couldn't be prouder of her under-18 girls basketball team.

The Force were narrowly beaten in yesterday's under-18 girls Division 2 State Classics final, going down 64-58 to South West Metro.

Undefeated through their first eight games, the gruelling week-long tournament eventually caught up with a brave Ipswich team which left Toowoomba battered and bruised.

"I couldn't fault them, they were wonderful," Press said.

"Unfortunately the one we lost was the grand final.

"Seven out of the nine girls were injured.

"The girls were running up and down the court in pain.

"They were in agony near the end.

"Most of the girls needed ice bags after the game.

"I can't say enough about the girls, there were tremendous all week."

Nursing a corked thigh, centre Lauren O'Sullivan top scored with 14 points before hopping on a plane to Cairns for tonight's Queensland Basketball League match against the Dolphins. …

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