Port City’s Rebecca Haynes rises over the top of everyone to claim the ball. Haynes led the Power along with Sam Norwood and Rachel Pryor as Ipswich limited the ability of Jess Bibby to hurt them on the score board.
Port City’s Rebecca Haynes rises over the top of everyone to claim the ball. Haynes led the Power along with Sam Norwood and Rachel Pryor as Ipswich limited the ability of Jess Bibby to hurt them on the score board. Luka Kauzlaric

Port City powers home after sluggish start

A BRILLIANT second half performance has kept the Port City Power from crashing to defeat against Ipswich, overcoming a 13-point deficit at the halfway mark to run out big winners.

The remarkable part of the win is that Jessica Bibby, usually the player to lead the Power out of trouble, was kept quiet while the rest of the team dominated.

Rebecca Haynes, Sam Norwood and Rachel Pryor wreaked havoc on both ends of the court, making up for a lacklustre start.

"We had spoken about what we wanted to achieve defensively, and didn't do it," captain and coach Bibby said.

"If you don't contest shots they are going to make them at this level."

Which is exactly what Ipswich did, knocking down 57.5% of first half shots to lead 58-45.

The Power quickly turned the table, working out a system to get open baskets constantly, while Ipswich focussed on Bibby.

Guarded heavily or double teamed for the entirety, Bibby simply allowed other members of the Power to score, Ipswich having no answer for the size Port City possess on the inside.

"In the first half, Katie Rose did a good job, and we said at half time they would drop off," Bibby said.

"They all (Rose, Haynes, Norwood and Pryor) had open lay-ups in the second half."

Despite the poor first half, the Power come out of the match content with the outcome, and with a much needed insight into where to get better for the remainder of the year.

RESULTS:

Port City 122 - Ipswich 85

Rebecca Haynes - 36 pts

Rachel Pryor - 31 pts

Sam Norwood - 23 pts