Cyclones land second victory

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones women's basketball team members united as one for an impressive win at Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium last night.

The Cyclones scored an 81-70 win over Brisbane's Northside Wizards to post just their second win of the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate league 2005 season ? and the victory also shot them off the bottom of the ladder and ahead of Northside.

Play started 25 minutes behind schedule as the teams waited on the referees to arrive from their delayed flight, but one player ready to roll was Rachael Fisher who was on fire from the three point line, found the inside plays and was also tight on defence.

After a sluggish start Simone Grant also started to dominate inside, against a small Northside outfit, to hit a game high 28 points while Fisher and Mandy Welch both collected 19 points each.

In a low scoring opening quarter Northside clung to a 21-15 lead at the first break and still led by three points at half time.

A Fisher three in the opening minute of the third quarter had scores level and the Cyclones never looked back to lead by three points entering the final quarter.

Cyclones captain Kristy Fisher put her body on the line in the final quarter taking the charge fouls.

It was a more enthusiastic and united Cyclones team than the one which suffered a tough 51point loss to the Southern Districts Spartans the previous weekend.

n The Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team was also victorius with a 125-108 win over Northside.

It was a less than convincing victory against a team which has struggled this season.

The Rockets clung to a 38-33 lead at the first break and led 6352 at half time.

Relentless Wizards defence then helped bring the scores level with three minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Rockets edged away to a 90-82 lead at three-quarter time in the physical and scrappy contest.

The Rockets will need to improve their all round game for next week's triple header southern road trip.



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