Ipswich Force basketballer Rachel Mate plots her next move in her QBL game against Toowoomba.
Ipswich Force basketballer Rachel Mate plots her next move in her QBL game against Toowoomba. Megan Low

International newcomer backs city's youth stocks

COMING into a new team is never easy, especially with the youthful talent the Ipswich Force women's side has this year.

However, after her third match in Force colours, European import Gintare Mazionyte was excited to be helping Ipswich's young brigade including Kate Head, Catherine Macgregor, Loie Webb, Telesia Manumaleuga, Iris Cubit, Emiliee Tahata and Cassie Poulain.

"I was actually impressed how dedicated they are and how things work here,'' Maziontye said after Ipswich's latest 94-59 state league win over Toowoomba.

"They are contributing to the team so that's good.

"They are still young so they have a lot to learn.''

Having to also learn Ipswich's style of play, Maziontye has appreciated the support.

"It's been great. They've been doing a really good job,'' she said.

In Friday night's match, Ipswich Force were never threatened after leading 25-14 at the first quarter.

George quickly injected his young brigade into the action as the Force starting five set up another victory over the winless Toowoomba combination.

The Force women increased their lead to 58-28 by halftime and surged ahead 79-42 in the third quarter.

Ipswich Force basketballer Rachel Mate plots her next move in her QBL game against Toowoomba.
Ipswich Force basketballer Rachel Mate plots her next move in her QBL game against Toowoomba. Megan Low

The ever dependable Rachel Mate was dominant in offence, recovering from being knocked down a few times to complete some terrific team finishes.

In the lopsided game, Mate contributed 14 points backing up Mazionyte with 22 and another solid performer Georgia Williams (18).

The win keeps Ipswich firmly in the Queensland Basketball League top three heading into their bye weekend before a return clash with Toowoomba.