FLAMES PREVAIL: Gladstone's Ashleigh Kelman-Poto in action against Townsville.
FLAMES PREVAIL: Gladstone's Ashleigh Kelman-Poto in action against Townsville. Mike Richards GLA210718WBAL

Power show pluck against Townsville

BASKETBALL: A magnificent solo effort of 23 rebounds and 20 points from Gladstone Port City Power's Ashleigh Kelman-Poto was not enough to get her team the win against pacesetters Townsville Flames on Saturday night at Kev Broome Stadium.

Flames prevailed 91-84 in a classic game.

But 18-year-old sensation Miela Goodchild went to work to ensure Townsville got the job done with 34 points (four triples) at 57 per cent.

She received able support from WNBL Townsville Fire and New Zealand Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning member Micaela Cocks (20 points).

Lisa Brennan was strong on the post with 16 points.

Another difference was the Flames' superior perimeter shooting, where the visitors landed 10 of 36 beyond the three-point arc and Power could connect just three of 19 attempts.

"We were up and down, but when we are really up, we stay up and even though our shooting was bad, we kept pushing and kept going," Kelman-Poto said.

It's the sixth match in a row where the Power has put itself in a position to win games and Kelman-Poto said coach Ray Cooper told the players post-game just to keep pushing in the remaining matches.

"We're so close and we're almost there and just have to keep pushing to get that win," she said.

Amanda Frost shot 22 points for the home team, Milomilo Nanai was strong again with 15 points and seven rebounds and Briana Bailey made some tough baskets (17pts).