Power on top of women's ladder
PORT City Power remains first on the QBL State Championship women’s competition ladder after round 14.
The Power played two games away over the weekend and came home with two comfortable wins.
The first match was played on Saturday night against the Maroochydore Clippers at Maroochydore Basketball Stadium, with the Power thrashing the home side 120-63.
Playing-coach Jessica Bibby and Diana Neves were the Power’s top point-scorers with 32 each, followed by Natalie Hurst who downed 25.
The Power set up the win with a commanding 43-19 first quarter, and by half-time had increased their lead to a massive 52-points, 82-30.
The third term saw the Power leap even further ahead, to 102-44, before they took the foot slightly off the accelerator in the last, the Clippers managing to win the term 19-18.
The Power were on top of their game making 42 from 81 field-goal attempts, Bibby shooting 11 from 15 and Neves 11 from 16.
The side also shot 26 from 42 three -point attempts with Bibby scoring eight from 11 and Natalie Hurst six from nine.
Ten from 17 free-throws were scored by the Power, Bibby scoring two from two and Belinda Bailey four from six.
The second match was against Caboolture Suns on Sunday at the Morayfield Park Leisure Centre.
The Power won 77-43 after holding a 33-point lead at half-time.
Bibby was the game’s highest point-scorer with 17, followed by Rebecca Haynes with 15 and Hurst on 14.
Hurst scored six from nine field goals and two from four three -point attempts.
Haynes had a 100 percent accuracy rate when it came to free-throws with six from six, while Bibby shot eight from 10.
Haynes spent the most time on court playing 35 minutes.
“We needed these two wins to put us in a comfortable lead (on the ladder) and to guarantee us a home game final,” Bibby said.
“The match next week against Rockhampton will now be just a chance for us to beat our arch rivals with no pressure on us to win.”
There is one round to go in the State Championship before finals. Gladstone Power sits on top of the ladder from Mackay Meteorettes, Northside Wizards and Townsville Flames.