Munson returns to help Cyclones
ROCKHAMPTON junior basketballer Morgan Munson will suit up for the Hog’s Breath Cafe Rockhampton Cyclones in tonight’s local derby, fresh from a successful stint in the U.S.
Munson returned to Rockhampton from the States on Monday following her second season with Southern New Hampshire University in the NCAA division two north-east 10 conference.
Munson has been thrust back into Cyclones coach Peter Trenerry’s squad of nine which will travel north for tonight’s clash with Mackay at Candle Stick Park, Mackay.
Despite only having a handful of sessions under her belt with the side, Trenerry is impressed with the improvements in Munson’s game.
“She looked really good the other night (at training),” he said.
“The college experience has definitely done her the world of good.”
Trenerry is expected to inject Munson into the contest in the small forward position alongside QBL women’s round one player of the week Nicole Romeo.
After a season in the WNBL with the Canberra Capitals, Romeo was a revelation last weekend in the Cyclones’ 81-73 win over Bundaberg, no surprise to Trenerry, who recorded his first win as QBL coach.
“She’s a quality player and that’s the thing we brought her here for,” he said.
“She’s a good shooter.
"To shoot eight from 13 from the three-point line proves that.”
Romeo finished the contest with 34 points in 36 minutes on-court, shooting at 63.2% from the field.
Despite Romeo’s stellar opening effort, Trenerry admitted it was unrealistic for the point guard to deliver them numbers every week, and was hoping from a bigger contribution from the entire line-up.
“We want to get our scoring up a bit more across the board,” he said.
“We want to get more of a spread.
"We can’t rely on Romes (Romeo), or Tegan Cunningham, or Biancia to score all our points.
“We can’t rely on one person to carry us.”
Mackay’s form going into the fixture isn’t exactly impressive, following their 41-point loss to premiers Gladstone in round one.
However, Trenerry isn’t approaching the game lightly.
Rachel Allison is expected to make her first appearance of the season for Mackay after missing last weekend’s fixture.
Allison, who played in the 2011 WNBL season with the Townsville Fire will certainly bring some point-scoring ability to the Meteorettes outfit.
Despite the Cyclones’ opening 81-73 win over Bundaberg last weekend, Trenerry stressed there was room for improvement in the whole side.
“It was an ugly win last weekend but we’ll learn a lot from it,” Trenerry said.