GALLERY: Nanai and Poto post big scores
BASKETBALL: A shocking Achilles injury to Gladstone Port City Power Central Apartment Group Breakers' import Jennifer Mathurin soured an otherwise top-notch 78-51 win against Toowoomba Mountaineers.
Mathurin collapsed in pain in the second quarter and will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles in her left leg.
Both teams entered the contest winless, but with the home crowd behind them at Kev Broome Stadium, the Power Breakers were never really headed.
Milomilo Nanai was stellar throughout the game with 23 points off 9-14 shooting and hauled down 10 rebounds, and she worked well in tandem with Ashleigh Kelman-Poto (14 points, 12 rebounds) in the high and low posts.
"We regrouped and the girls showed great character to be able to do that and play for one of their teammates in a tough situation to keep plugging away and keep the scores ticking over and stopping Toowoomba from scoring as well," Power coach Ray Cooper said.
Import Amanda Frost was powerful with her drives to finish with 19 points and Brianna Bailey (13 points) along with Kiah Guinea and Erin Geer kept the defensive intensity high.
Geer swished a triple early in the final quarter and a Milomilo and Frost combination for a three-point play put the icing on the cake as Cooper introduced youngster Emily Lymbery, 15, into the fray.
Moutaineers are in a development stage and Kaila Gabriel (16 points) and Malena Washington, with 15, tried hard.
Coach Ezria Parsons understood where her team was at.
"At half-time we were still in it, but the thing is we're still developing and we have got a bunch of new players and bunch of young players and one import who gets here Thursday," Parsons said.
Power has another home encounter against Mackay on Saturday night while the Mountaineers take on South West Metro.