Port City Power let winning chance slip
BASKETBALL: With just 3:15 minutes left on the clock against Mackay Meteorettes, Gladstone Port City Power Central Apartment Breakers' Milomilo Nanai made it a three-point play in Mackay.
She was fouled on a successful lay-up and her resultant free throw made it 74-71 -- Power's way.
But the ghosts of missed chances against Rockhampton Cyclones and Ipwsich Force emerged when Heidi Freeburn (30 points) landed two triples to first level it to 74-74 and secondly to then stretch the lead to five points.
Of course not have Tanaya Atkinson, who has returned back to the US for personal reasons, did not help the visitors' cause.
It was game over after the Power pressed with no result.
"The girls put themselves in a great position, but they just ran out of legs towards the end there," Power coach Ray Cooper said.
"They just got fatigued and I am still proud of the girls because they pushed one of the top sides."
Ruvanna Campbell (22 points) made a jump shot which claimed the lead and she then took a defensive rebound that led to the second triple swish for the final basket of the match and a 79-74 win.
The Power's Ashleigh Kelman-Poto continued her recent strong form with 21 points at 61 per cent and she also hauled down eight rebounds.
She made three of four baskets from beyond the three-point arc while Amanda Frost played the full 40 minutes to finish with 21 as well while Nanai (13 points) tried her best.
Cooper said players did step up in Atkinson's absence.
"Milomilo stepped up and Ash (Ashleigh Kelman-Poto) did as well and Jordie Smith also stepped up coming off the bench," he said.
"It was a credit to the girls and they just kept working hard and they kept on playing aggressively."
Port City Power women and men have home games this Saturday at Kev Broome Stadium.
Games are at 6pm and 8pm against Townsville.