Power goes to Port
THERE was no love lost when the Port City Power muscled up against the Mackay Meteorettes in a top-of-the-table clash at Kev Broome Stadium yesterday.
In their previous encounter in round 11 Mackay was the victor but Gladstone showed why it has won 11 of its past 13 games this season as it stormed away in the second half to seal a 93-69 win.
Jess Bibby opened the scoring with a three and from there neither team could counter their opposition’s offence in the early period as players went basket for basket.
The scores rarely slipped more than three points apart until just before half-time despite Power’s Rebecca Haynes hit a number of three-pointers.
Bibby and Natalie Hurst again showed their blistering pace, while Amanda Beatson found the net regularly, outclassing her defender Jacqui Zelenka.
Zelenka, however, was equally dangerous at the opposite end of the court, and her aggressive attack helped keep the teams in a tight battle for the lead.
Mackay’s Rachael Allison was player of the week for her performance against the Power in round 11 and looked dangerous again, finding the net or drawing the foul regularly. Allison recorded a massive 19 rebounds (seven offensive, 12 defensive) and sunk nine of her 10 free throws to finish the game with 19 points.
The Power stretched the lead to 12 points at one stage in the second period and finished the half 10 ahead at 48-38.
Gladstone did not take a backward step from there and slowly increased the gap in the third as Diana Neves kicked into another gear.
Building again, Power went on a 16-2 point streak in the first five minutes of the final quarter.
The home team blew the lead out to 33 points to make it 91-58.
The late scoring spree was capped off by a Hurst-Hayes ally-oop.
Beatson featured heavily in the play once again, while Neves was substituted for young Chole Hall and Bibby for Emma Anderson in the final minutes as the Power sat comfortably in front for the 25-point win.