There's much work to do for Gladstone Port City Power
BASKETBALL: It was a Friday night destruction as Rockhampton Cyclones blew away an error-riddled Gladstone Port City Power by 40 points.
In a scrappy affair at times at Hegvold Stadium, the Power were never in it and could not cope with the double-terror act of Shanavia Dowdell and Aaryn Ellenberg who combined for 70 points in the 107-67 win.
The home team pounced on each and every turnover (26 to Gladstone) and Port City Power played without composure in offence.
The only highlights in a dismal night were the efforts of Ashleigh Kelma-Poto who hauled down nine rebounds with her 16 points, Brianna Bailey overcame a shaky start to nail four triples, while Amanda Frosts 15 points were also made up from beyond the three-point arc.
Captain Milomilo Nanai was best for the Port City team with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Another glaring statistic was Rocky's 18-point contribution off the bench.
The Power could muster just two points from Erin Geer albeit from a three-person bench as opposed to Cyclones' six.
Power coach Ray Cooper was disappointed with the team's application.
"If you play like that and not be accountable, then you expect losses like that," he said.
"The onus is back on the girls to see how hard they want to train.
"It's all about doing the basic skills and sometimes teams and players forget doing that."
Cooper said it will take time for the newest players Caralie Wilson and Jordie Smith to adhere to the game-style.
Cooper's troops have the chance to right the wrongs against Spartans this Saturday night at Kev Broome Stadium.