Cairns Dolphins give Power the flip
BASKETBALL: Ill-discipline, turnovers, missed baskets and bad lapses.
It's been that type of season for Gladstone Port City Power Central Apartment Group Breakers as Cairns Dolphins inflicted an 84-67 wound to consign Gladstone to 1-8 and 14th on the ladder.
A slow start to be 25-12 down at quarter-time had fans at Kev Broome frustrated, but more so players and coach Ray Cooper.
The best passages of play were in the second quarter. When an offensive rebound by Milomilo Nanai (10 points) set up Tanaya Atkinson (21 points) to cut the margin to five points, there was a sense of self-belief.
But Cairns stretched it out to 10 points despite Amanda Frost's triple before half-time.
Briana Bailey's third triple gave hope but Robin Perkins (27 points) and Rachel Pryor's moves off the low post were just too good.
"I'm hoping that we keep going forward and not backwards and I feel like when we get that whole piece together, then we'll get some wins down the stretch," Atkinson said.
She has replaced the injured Jennifer Mathurin and said she is slowly finding her rhythm. Maintaining discipline was key.
Bailey, she was fouled out at a key time of the game.
Jade Kennedy nailed a three-pointer to stretch the margin out to 50-39 and despite a final rush via a Nanai assist to Atkinson to get it to within eight points, a Perkins three made it impossible.
"We put in all the time and effort in our training sessions, but when we get on the court, when it's game day, we aren't disciplined enough and to follow through," Cooper said.