A perfect road trip for Power women
BASKETBALL: It is touted as the toughest road trip in the QBL, but Ray Cooper and his entourage of McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power women conquered all before them against Townsville Flames and Cairns Marlins.
Import Tabatha Richardson-Smith produced one of the grreat double individual acts on the weekend where her 40-point game led the Power to a 86-69 dousing of the Flames on Friday night.
The guard then went four better to shoot down the Marlins in a Saturday night spectacular with the Power winning 83-67.
The double road wins, in which Cooper said on Facebook 'Great job by the Power women. Huge effort! Toughest double header in the QBL including the travel (15 hrs plus on the bus)', takes Port City Power to fourth on the ladder with a 10-5 win-loss record.
Richardson-Smith's 44 points against Cairns included three of six triples and 13 rebounds, equal on the boards with fellow US import Cassies Rochel (15 points).
The game was up for grabs at half-time after Sarah Mallen made a three to tie scores at 36-all just prior to the long break.
But apart from when Bibi Baker tied scores again at 45-all with 4.08 left on the clock in the third term, the Power went on a 13-1 run to blow the game open.
That momentum continued as the visitors were unrelenting.
Veteran captain Charmian Mellars backed up her strong game against Townsville (15 points, 13 rebounds) with nine points and six rebounds as the perfect support act for Richardson-Smith against Marlins.
It was a different story for the Gladstone men's side which have suffered an 85-63 and 96-88 losses to Cairns and Townsville respectively to end the Power's play-off hopes.