VIDEO: Cyclones roar into grand finals for the first time
KATRINA Clifford knows how to make it rain.
While there were no storm clouds brewing outside Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night, the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones star delivered a downpour on the court.
Clifford came out all guns blazing in the first half of the Cyclones maiden Queensland Basketball League semi-final match against Ipswich Force to put a dampener on the opposition's campaign.
Sinking five from six shots from the three-point line, Clifford set her side up for a 79-72 victory over Ipswich.
As the Cyclones prepare to take on reigning QBL champions Mackay Meteorettes in the grand final tri-series in Mackay this weekend, Clifford is fine-tuning her accuracy from the field in hopes of delivering an upset to the Cyclones northern rivals.
"Chris (coach Muggeridge) just gave me a license to shoot and if it was there it was going up so I was just lucky that they were going down," Clifford said of her performance on Saturday night.
"I'm really excited. The girls are really looking forward to heading off to Mackay next week but we're just going to enjoy this one. (the win against Ipswich)
"There is a lot of relief. We've played hard all season and this is what it's all about. It's game-for-game now."
The QBL tri-series will see the Cyclones and Meteorettes pitted against each other on Friday night and Saturday night and depending on the results of the two matches, a third game could be played on Sunday.
Clifford said the Cyclones need to focus on physical and mental recovery to ensure the best chance possible of a QBL championship.
"We'll need to rehab a lot after each game," Clifford said.
"It's just game-by-game and we just need to focus on one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves."
Regardless of the grand final outcome, the experienced player said she was just enjoying the experience of playing finals basketball for the team she loves.
"This is my 10th season with the Cyclones and the best season yet," Clifford said
"It's the first time the Cyclones have ever made a semi-final let alone going into a grand final so we're just enjoying the ride and are looking forward to a good game."