Basketball premiership chance at stake
TIGERS and Devils fight for their premiership life when they clash in tomorrow night's Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association division one women's preliminary final at Kev Broome Stadium.
Tigers are backing up from last Wednesday's 38-25 loss to Lions who progressed directly into Saturday's grand final.
With both Tigers and Lions fielding a solid core of Port City Power players, last week's encounter was evenly matched until the third quarter when Lions opened an 11-point advantage.
Tigers struggled to keep Lions pair Leonie Macks (15 points) and Kasey Bowman (14) quiet despite strong displays from Sam Wharton, Prue Carlyon and Rachel Johnston. Carlyon (13) and Wharton (7) were Tigers' best.
In women's second division competition, Devine Devils and the Gladstone under-16 representative team meet for the chance to take on Warwick's Lightning in the decider.
The Lightning line-up advanced to grand final day with a 35-26 decision over the under-16s last week, in a match in which the lead swapped several times before Warwick's experience shone through in the final quarter.
Zoe Gibson, Gemma Pirie and Paige Wharton were good in defence for the under-16s but could not shut out Warwick's taller players Robyn McNamee and Helen Blades.
In the other women's division two semi-final Devine Devils 38 defeated Lions Green 19, bundling the latter out of the competition.
In tonight's division two men's preliminary encounter, Lions Fury meet Lions after falling to Warwicks 38-20 last Tuesday. Warwick's Mick Kiriazis led the way for the victors, nabbing 10 points.