Tanaya Atkinson goes to the hoop.
Tanaya Atkinson goes to the hoop. Erin Mellor GLA010718HOOPS

COOPER'S COURT: Team spirit is remaining high

A Brooke Blair prayer will NOT stop the spirit of the Gladstone Port City Central Apartment Breakers' women.

It was a hard loss to fathom after the Rockhampton Cyclone's New Zealand international threw an amazing triple that nailed Cyclones a 98-95 win at Kev Broome Stadium last weekend.

The win puts Cyclones to 7-4 and seventh on the QBL ladder while the Power suffered loss number 10-in-a-row.

Attention now turns to third-placed Ipswich Force tomorrow night again in front of the Kev Broome Power faithful.

Power coach Ray Cooper said wins will come and despite back-to-back three-point losses, his team is playing better, and for longer.

We're building from last week and we'll keep building on from each game so if we keep putting ourselves in those situations, it wont be long before we actually get over the line and win win the close ones and other teams won't know what to do.

I know that Rocky were uncomfortable the whole game and they'd thought we would go away easier.

A credit to the girls to hold it to a full 40-minutes' focus.

Briana Bailey is getting better each week and I thinks that she has settled into the team better now, but it's also now the girls around her with the level heads.

We're such a young squad as well and it goes to show their character in situations like that.

Against Ipswich we're going to be just as competitive and there at the end of the game and put together a full 40-minutes as well.

Ipswich are probably a faster tempo team than Rocky and they probably do shoot the three (point) ball a little bit more.

In saying that I think our girls have had a great week at training and will be ready to go.

The focus at training has been probably our defence and just to make sure that we're onto things and I'd probably say like boxing out as well and also to give ourselves extra chances.


WHERE: Kev Broome Stadium

WHEN: Tomorrow

TIME: 6pm

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