Rockhampton Cyclones’ Nicole Romeo struggled to find open space against Gladstone at the weekend.
Rockhampton Cyclones’ Nicole Romeo struggled to find open space against Gladstone at the weekend. Marcus Thomas

The Power is with Gladstone

BASKETBALL: Hog’s Breath Cafe Cyclones coach Peter Trenerry knew where the problems would arise, but one poor quarter allowed the champion Gladstone Power team to take control on Saturday.

The team went to Gladstone confident they could beat the Power and do so by limiting the opportunities for their star player Jessica Bibby.

In the end they managed neither as Power ran out a 107-87 winner with Bibby scoring a massive game-high 45 points.

“She had a fantastic game. She came out ready to play,” Trenerry said.

The game was evenly fought, but the Power took advantage as the Cyclones lost their way for one period of play.

“We had a bit of a lapse in the second quarter,” Trenerry said.

“Against a team like Gladstone you have to play the full 40 minutes.”

One point down after the first quarter the game was wrestled away from the Cyclones as Power increased their lead by another 19 points in the second quarter.

Not helping the Cyclones cause was the pressure applied on leading scorer Nicole Romeo who managed just two field goals from 12 attempts and shot 0-5 from the three-point line.

“Nicole got into foul trouble early,” Trenerry said.

“She did make 10 assists, so she was distributing well.”

The coach said the key for the next meeting with Gladstone is to get Romeo into better shooting positions where she has a clearer view of the basket.

Tegan Cunningham continues to blaze away, scoring 27 points and collecting 14 rebounds.

“From this game there are things we can build on,” Trenerry said.

“It has given us belief as for three-quarters of the game we were able to compete.”

Biancia Abbott made a welcome return to the Cyclones, scoring 24 points in the process.

Trenerry said he again gave bench players minutes with Katrina Clifford doing well while Grace McDougall gained her court time while Romeo had problems with foul trouble.

The coach said he is also happy with the progress being shown by Mikaela King.



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