Cyclones Katrina Clifford looks to land a two point shot during Saturday night’s clash with Townsville.
Cyclones Katrina Clifford looks to land a two point shot during Saturday night’s clash with Townsville. Chris Ison

Cunningham causes a storm

THE Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones recorded a good win over Townsville at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday but it was the dynamic Tegan Cunningham who stole most of the plaudits.

Basketball is a team game and the Cyclones put together a convincing team performance but it was the athletic Cunningham who caught the eye, and not only due to her personal tally of 36 points.

The Cyclones went into the final quarter leading by 20 points and that is the way they stayed with the home side winning 81-61.

Cyclones coach Peter Trennery was full of praise for Cunningham.

“She had a blinder,” he enthused.

As a part of the Cyclones match plan Cunningham is expected to act as the springboard for the Rockhampton team's counter-attack.

“She is very good at making defensive rebounds,” Trennery said.

However, much to Townsville's dismay, Cunningham had a hand in everything scoring 34 of her points from field play.

“Tegan knows how to win a game,” the coach added.

It is the aggression of Cunningham that is addictive as she excites the crowd and lifts her teammates.

Nicole Romeo as always led the Cyclones around the court scoring 22 points but not producing her normal flurry of baskets from the three-point line.

Joining Cunningham and Romeo in double figures was Biancia Abbott who also did a solid job collecting defensive rebounds.

“(As a team) we are getting better and better. We just have to play the full 40 minutes,” Trennery said.

“Everyone has accepted their roles and are doing their job.”

A big test for the Cyclones comes in future weeks when facing the champion Gladstone team, while Friday's match at Hegvold Stadium against Brisbane will also provide a stern test.



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