Rockhampton Cyclones blow the Suncoast Clippers away
STILL stinging from their dramatic, narrow three point loss to the Mackay Meteorettes to break their unbeaten run, the Cyclones returned to their home court on Saturday night and blew the Suncoast Clippers off the Hegvold Stadium floor, 112-48.
It was an emphatic statement by the Cyclones.
They were dominant from the start, winning every quarter convincingly and most importantly, never taking their foot of the gas.
The resounding victory reasserts the Cyclones as the team to beat in the Women's Queensland Basketball League. And Cyclones' coach, Chris Muggeridge was delighted with the performance.
"I am very happy with that," Muggeridge said after the match.
"It was a very solid win. We have been working on playing for the full 40 minutes and this game we did that. Our fourth quarter was really solid, we didn't drop off at all. That was very close to a complete performance."
It was a dominant, all-round team effort, and it was the usual suspects who starred. Chandrea Jones, "CJ", had a game high 25 points, followed by Nicole Michael 19 and Sam Norwood 18. Except this time they were upstaged by young Briana Bailey who had a massive impact off the bench.
"CJ got a triple double, which was outstanding," Muggeridge said.
"Nicole and Sam both got double doubles. But Briana Bailey off the bench was amazing. She shot 100 per cent from the field and scored 15 points, playing 17 and a half minutes for us. For a 17 year-old at this level, she was just outstanding. She's been playing above her age for two years now and was a big part of our success last year. And it's great to see her back in red hot form after a quiet start this season."
Muggeridge believes the work the girls put in during the week on their defence paid off against the Clippers. Now, it remains to be seen if it will hold against Mackay at home this Saturday.
"Defensively we were a lot better in this game," Muggeridge said.
"We worked on that to get it right and we hit the mark. Last week we were not good defensively against Mackay. We were flat, fatigued.
"This coming Saturday we will be fresh, at home and we want to even the score.
"If we want to host finals then next week's game is critical. We have to win it."
Cyclones captain Alex Brady agreed, saying the girls enjoyed the big win over the Clippers, but they weren't getting carried away. Brady believes there is still work to be done with a firm focus on extracting revenge against the Meteorettes this weekend.
"We really needed that," Brady said of the comfortable win over the Clippers.
"We weren't ready to play last weekend against Mackay and it helped us identify some things we needed to fix.
"Even though we had a big win against Suncoast tonight there is still room for improvement.
"We are not good enough in transition, our running game, and also the rebounds.
"We need to get numbers to the board consistently."