Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

American Ace Feels at Home; Twin Success at Ipswich's July 4 Tribute

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

American Ace Feels at Home; Twin Success at Ipswich's July 4 Tribute

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

State of play

QBL men: Ipswich Force 102 (James Legan 23, Zarryon Fereti 22, James Kuon 19) def South West Metro 82.

QBL women: Ipswich Force 95 (Chelsie Schweers 35, Bree Farley 17, Brandi Brown 15) def South West Metro 66.

Next matches: Friday night -- v Rockhampton at Ipswich stadium.

HEARING her home country's national anthem played in Ipswich provided a welcome boost for Force spearhead Chelsie Schweers.

The American import responded, producing another spirited effort in Ipswich's 95-66 win over South West Metro.

Schweers, from Virginia Beach, appreciated the gesture by Ipswich Force officials to recognise July 4 -- America's Independence Day.

"It was awesome,'' Schweers said, seeing Ipswich stadium decked out in red, white and blue.

"This is a great environment with all the decorations and they capped it off with the American national anthem.''

On a night the Ipswich men completed a memorable Force winning double, Schweers led the way with 35 points. That included a series of three- pointers when she found her range in the second and third quarters.

Force's other US women's import Brandi Brown also enjoyed the American themed night, regularly smiling as Force took charge.

Ipswich's initiative to mark the occasion was special for sharpshooter Schweers who said Independence Day was important to celebrate family values and freedoms.

"I have a really big family back home and I know that they are all together,'' she said.

On Saturday night, it was Ipswich's basketball family that embraced the Americans.

Force women's assistant coach Dwight Hicks was pleased Ipswich secured victory after two losses on the road.

However, he expected a more clinical finish at home.

"We didn't put them to the sword,'' Hicks said.

"Early we were anxious then we played anxious. …

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