Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FORCE WOMEN IN RARE QBL CRASH; Ipswich Team Left to Rue State League Game They 'Should Have Won Easily'

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FORCE WOMEN IN RARE QBL CRASH; Ipswich Team Left to Rue State League Game They 'Should Have Won Easily'

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

State of play

QBL men: Mackay 107 def Ipswich Force 95 (Kyle Harvey 34, Jayden Ferguson 21).

QBL women: Mackay 73 def Ipswich Force 59 (Georgia Williams 15, Rachel Mate 14).

THE highly-regarded Ipswich Force women's team face a week of soul-searching after one of the most amazing last-quarter lapses in their Queensland Basketball League history.

Although far from their best, the Force women fought tenaciously at the end of the first three quarters to retain a slender lead over yesterday's opponents Mackay.

That included a sizzling long-range shot from second year American import Amanda "AJ'' Johnson that dropped on the halftime buzzer. AJ's three-pointer gave Ipswich a 38-36 lead they increased to 57-52 heading into the final quarter.

But in a remarkable final 10 minutes, the Force women only scored two points as Mackay completed their third game of the weekend with a 73-59 victory at Ipswich stadium.

Force head coach Brad George was clearly upset, struggling to recall such a poor finish in the eight previous seasons he's coached at state league level.

"We were rubbish,'' the normally reserved Ipswich coach said.

"We didn't play anywhere near our capabilities.''

George rejected any suggestion it was Mackay's extra defensive effort that turned a see-sawing match into a one-sided contest.

"It was nothing to do with their defensive effort. We just didn't execute,'' he said lamenting his team's turnovers, defensive deficiencies and poor shooting.

"It was just like they turned up for a training run and they just didn't show up.''

Although Mackay's Australian Opals recruit Marianna Tolo played a major role late amassing 20 points, George said his team had no excuses.

"She was good in the last quarter . . . but we just stood there,'' he said. …

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