CHANDREA Jones and Iasia Hemingway were the force behind the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones on Saturday night as they battled it out with Port City Power in Gladstone.
The US duo stood up against the competition heavyweights to score 55 points between them in the QBL women's Round 7 encounter.
Gladstone held a comfortable lead throughout the whole match before breaking away in the third quarter to clinch a 109-87 victory, but didn't face an easy task against the Cyclones.
Power captain Jess Bibby continued her success streak to net 32 points and provide nine assists as well as grabbing three steals.
Cyclones' coach Chris Muggeridge said Jones' and Hemingway's efforts kept the Cyclones in the game.
"We shot at 41% and our free throws were 19 from 22 so they're good stats.
"We'll gain more from this game, it's given us stuff to work on and we're still on track."
Muggeridge said his team didn't sit back and let the Power dominate and fought until the final buzzer.
"We gave it 100% and we came closer to them than any other team other than Mackay who beat them," Muggeridge said.
"To get within 20 points is great and it was our second highest score of the year.
"We just had too many turnovers, with 31 (of them), they killed us. Usually we average about 12 turnovers, but it was their intensity and they played better than us on the night," he said.
"Gladstone is a huge task and we knew we'd have to play our best to beat them."
The Cyclones face Gold Coast at Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium on Friday night and are confident of continuing their home court dominance.
Port City 109 (J Bibby 32, R Pryor 22, R Haynes 15) def Rockhampton 87 (I Hemingway 34, C Jones 21, C Morrow 14) at Kev Broome Stadium on Saturday night.