Pearce gets a look at big courts

FORMER Rockhampton Cyclones player Katrina Pearce is firing up for some big basketball commitments.

Pearce was last weekend selected in the Queensland under20 women's team to play at the national titles in Perth from February 19-25.

The 18-year-old will move to Townsville in three weeks to start State training and to meet her QABL team for next season ? the Townsville Flames.

Shocked after Hervey Bay's sudden demise in the Southern Cross league Pearce was quickly looking for a new team after planning to spend another season at Hervey Bay.

Forced into playing some time at point guard and shoot- ing guard during Hervey Bay's finals appearance against Townsville this season was perfect timing for Pearce, more familiar with the power forward role, as Townsville Fire WNBL coach David Herbert sat sideline.

"That definitely helped me get seen,'' Pearce said.

It has been a whirlwind ride for the enthusiastic player who only started basketball as a 14year-old to help improve her fitness for netball.

Frustrated by not being able to break into State netball teams, Pearce's cousin Louise Cridland introduced her to the Cap Coast basketball program.

"I had no shoes, was wearing jeans, they gave me a singlet and said go and play,'' Pearce said.

"One of the boys gave me a pair of shoes to wear and I went out there and played.''

That same year Pearce played at the State titles for Bundaberg, after starting too late to join the already selected Rockhampton team, and was called up to the Queensland North under-16 squad.

"This has come a lot quicker than I thought it would,'' Pearce said.

WNBL scouts will attend the under-20 nationals and Pearce is eager to impress, firstly just trying to "bust her butt'' to get into the Queensland team's starting five.

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