Power's Kayla Kiriau in the game against the Force.
Power's Kayla Kiriau in the game against the Force. Inga Williams

Destiny is in the Gladstone Port City Power women's hands

BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power remain in the top-four hunt despite mixed results against Toowoomba Mountaineers, Ipswich Force and Logan Thunder over the weekend.

The Power finished the triple-header with one win and two losses -and its only win was against the win-less Mountaineers 66-37.

It could have been so much different because the Power surrendered a 60-52 lead - on the back of a stunning 23-7 third quarter against second-placed Thunder.

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But the visitors ran out of steam in the final 10 minutes after Logan rebounded from a poor previous 10 minutes to put on a 32-16 final quarter and win 84-76.

Cassie Rochel was huge throughout the game and the American post player shot a game-high 30 points while fellow countrywoman Tabatha Richardson-Smith scored 23.

Kate Gaze (28 points) got her team rolling with a triple that wrested momentum back Thunder's way.

When Cassie Smith levelled scores, the Power got the next six points via Alicia Carline and Rochel and it seemed the Power were on the brink of an upset and led 66-60 with 6:03 left on the clock.

Logan then rattled off 24 points while the Power could manage just 10 to burn off a tiring opponent.

Mikhaela got some big points including three triples to finish with 23 while Gaze shot four from beyond the three-point range.

In the game first match against the Mountaineers, Rochel helped herself to a double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds while Carline and Richardson-Smith both shot 14 points.

Gladstone extended its lead at each break.

Francis Donders (15 points) was the only player from the Mountaineers to shoot double figures.

Top-eight contender Ipswich lived up to its Force nickname with a powerful 104-83 win in game two on Saturday night.

The Power was well in it at half-time trailing 40-35, but Ipswich Force turned the screws with a superb 32-18 third term and they were asking Gladstone to answer some serious questions.

Despite the best efforts of Richardson-Smith (33 points), Rochel with 19 and Char Mellars' 17 points, Ipswich had the big guns blazing.

Georgia Williams was on court for just 21:48 minutes of action, but she made the most of it to shoot 22 points as did starting five members Rachel Mate and ex-Gladstone Power player Markel Walker.

The top three is all but set with Brisbane Spartans (11-0), Logan Thunder (11-1) and Mackay Meteorettes (11-2) assured of the double-chance while there are a raft of teams in the fight for fourth spot.

Townsville Flames are in the box seat with the Power, Cairns Dolphins and Force close behind.

The Power have a home date with arch rivals Rockhampton from 6pm this Saturday at Kev Broome Stadium.



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