Power women thumped by Mackay
MCDONALDS Gladstone Port City Power's women's team were outclassed by Mackay Meteorettes in Saturday night's home QBL match.
The visitors pulled away from Gladstone's early match tenacity during which captain Maddy Willey (16 points) nailed four triples, to a comfortable 102-70 win.
Mackay's Rachel Allison shot 25 points and, along with Tami Willey, were thorns both inside and outside for Gladstone's defense to cover.
Deanne Weaver (21 points) shot five triples to be another outstanding player form the Meteorettes.
Power veteran Charmian Mellars was fouled out late in the match, but not before doing everything she could to keep her team in it.
"They played a really good shooting game and their passing game was unreal," Mellars said.
The forward, who took seven offensive and defensive rebounds to go with her 13 points, added that the Power's defensive aspect needs a lot of work.
"It was definitely our defense that was poor and we're better than that," Mellars said.
"Everyone was watching the player and our awareness was poor."
Mackay torched the hosts in transition and players such as Jacqui Zalenka joined in the party to shoot 18 points while the the solid Kayla Ward was of nuisance value with her strength in the low post position.
Import Kerah Nelson got into the groove for Gladstone after a quiet start to finish with 17 points, but fellow US player Markel Walker (12 points) struck foul trouble and had her quietest game in Power colours.
Power coach Ray Cooper said training form did not translate to game day.
"I think we had a good training session on Wednesday, but our defense let us down," he said.
"Mackay played as a team, but we need to work on our defense and help each other out."
Meteorettes' coach Mick Virgo said his team's defensive intensity wore down Gladstone.
"The first half was a grind and then we opened it up in the second half," Virgo said.
"We were able to contain Maddy Willey who shot well early."