Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KEY SIGNING ADDS TO QUALITY FORCE; Shooting Guard Gives Ipswichextra Firepower after Top Year

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KEY SIGNING ADDS TO QUALITY FORCE; Shooting Guard Gives Ipswichextra Firepower after Top Year

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

THE Ipswich Force women are already looking to go one better in 2019 after enjoying their most successful season in Queensland Basketball League history.

After 16 wins and just two losses in this year's regular state league series, the formidable Force combination finished in second place.

Only a lack of depth cost Force a shot at grand final glory after five players were unavailable in the playoffs due to college commitments.

However, returning head coach Brad George has moved swiftly to address that issue.

With the main group of players returning, George has secured another elite basketballer in former South East Queensland Stars Women's National Basketball League captain Amy Lewis.

George worked with Lewis when he was assistant coach at the Stars.

He was thrilled to have the former Victorian and American College shooting guard join the talent-rich Force line-up.

"She's a really aggressive defender and aggressive to the basket,'' George said. "And her leadership, being captain and playing internationals, she brings a lot more experience as well.''

With promising Ipswich teenager Kate Head ineligible to play for Force due to her 2019 American Division 1 College commitments, Lewis will provide another welcome driving force.

The former Stars (2015-16), Townsville Fire (2008-10) and Adelaide Lightning (2010-14) national leaguer has also played alongside Ipswich's dependable captain Bree Farley, who is returning next year.

"We're getting there,'' George said, encouraged by early preparations for next season.

"We've pretty much got the core back in the guards.

"Next we'll be working on getting the bigs back and add some other pieces.''

That includes seeing if last year's terrific imports Amanda "AJ'' Johnson and Gintare "Gigi'' Mazionyte can also return after their tremendous efforts for Ipswich last season. …

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