TAKING CHARGE: Ipswich Force player Tess Haviland controls the floor during yesterday’s 92-20 victory over Toowoomba at the state under-14 titles.
TAKING CHARGE: Ipswich Force player Tess Haviland controls the floor during yesterday’s 92-20 victory over Toowoomba at the state under-14 titles. David Nielsen

Force girls set early standard

BEING rated title contenders can often cause a few early nerves at state tournaments.

However, the Ipswich Force under-14 girls showed no signs of fatigue or complacency opening their latest Queensland championships in convincing fashion.

After recently winning the Basketball Queensland Junior Basketball Competition Premier League, the closeknit team outclassed Toowoomba 92-20 on their home court yesterday morning.

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Force overpowered Mackay 65-21 in their late afternoon match.

Head coach Calvin Hegvold was most pleased with the team's overall effort in their Division 1 opener.

"They really switched on and that showed,'' he said.

"The stats backed that up. They were very even across the board.''

The leading scorers were Kuini Latu (16), Karissa Grigg (15) and Arielle Williams-Mackey and Neferatali Notoa with 14 each.

"It was a really solid contribution from all the players,'' Hegvold said.

"You're looking for everybody to get into it. They certainly came ready to play.

"I was happy with their discipline with their style of play in offence.

"That's another thing you are looking for in games that you blow out.''

Between matches, some team activities are planned. Some girls are heading home to recover.

Hegvold hopes the home city advantage helps his side in its bid to make Saturday's final.

"At that age, it's good as the kids get to sleep in their own bed and eating food they are used to,'' he said.

Force's state titles campaign continues at Ipswich stadium today against the Gold Coast Waves at 9.20am before meeting the Seahawks (Gold Coast) at 4pm.

State under-14 matches are also being played at Bremer State High School.