Gladstone’s Natalie Hurst gets around Rockampton opponent Tegan Cunningham.
Gladstone’s Natalie Hurst gets around Rockampton opponent Tegan Cunningham. Sharyn O'Neill

Women Power beat Rockhampton

PORT CITY Power defeated rivals Rockhampton Cyclones by seven points in their Queensland Basketball League Women’s clash at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday.

The last-round victory allowed Power to hold on to top spot on the ladder heading into the finals series, ahead of Northside Wizards, Mackay Meteorettes and Townsville Flames.

Rockhampton took hold of the game early taking a 22-18 lead into the first change, and still led 50-48 at half-time.

By the end of the third quarter, though, the Power had stepped up and was ahead 77-76 before going on and recording a 102-95 victory.

Jessica Bibby top-scored for the winners, collecting 31 points, including six three-pointers from 12 attempts.

Rebecca Haynes downed 22 points, including four three-pointers, while also grabbing nine rebounds.

Natalie Hurst was also dominant, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds and also chipping in with 17 points.

All up the Power scored 38 field goals from 84 attempts, 16 three-pointers from 37 attempts and made 10 free throws from 13 attempts.

Tegan Cunningham was Rockhampton’s top-scorer with a game-high 33 points.

Power captain-coach Jessica Bibby said it was always going to be a tough game for her players.

“It was a shoot-out and both teams shot really well,” she said.

Power now have a one-week break while the quarter-finals are played out before then hosting a semi-final.



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