Townsville back on track and Harmon on Fire

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Townsville Fire atoned for their shock loss in the opening round of the Australian WNBL last week by destroying Canberra Capitals 104-60 on Sunday. The Fire led by a decisive 55-20 at half time and thereafter it was a procession.

Point guard Micaela Cocks controlled the tempo with 10pts, 4 boards a couple of assists, a steal and a block. Chevannah Paalvast played 9 minutes off the bench scoring 2 points with her only shot but it was Australian Opals centre Suzy Batkovic who dominated proceedings accumulating a 30 points haul and in the process becoming just the 10th player in WNBL history to reach 4000 points.

Cocks was delighted with the way the Fire bounced back after the setback last week.

“It was great to get the win. We had a tough week at practice after our loss to Bendigo which wasn’t the ideal start to the season. I love the way our team bounced back made the defensive adjustments we needed to and set the tone both ends of the floor.”

Jess Bygate and the Adelaide Lightning were soundly beaten on their home court 88-71 by the Sydney University Flames. The Flames established an early lead before going on to win every quarter. Bygate contributed 4 points, 2 rebounds and a block.

The Perth Lynx went on a double-header road trip kicking off with a 71-62 victory in Melbourne against the Boomers on Saturday evening. However they found backing up on Sunday afternoon too much of an ask and crashed 81-65 to Bendigo Spirit.

Toni Edmondson came off the bench against Melbourne but hampered by foul trouble managed just a couple of points and three assists. On Sunday she again only scored two points.

After a 26 points haul last week Jillian Harmon went one better this week scoring 27 points as Le Mura Lucca won their third straight Italian League game defeating Vigarano 85-59. Harmon shot a highly efficient 13 from 17 field goals and also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lucca led from start to finish and now join three other teams with a perfect 3-0 start to the season.

Unfortunately COB Calais are now 0-4 in the French league after going down 81-50 at home to Chaleville-Mez. Erin Rooney played the most minutes for the hosts (36mins) scoring 6 points and adding 3 rebounds and 3 steals. The point guard converted all four of her free throws but only managed 1 from 6 field goals. Calais were still clinging on at the interval trailing 37-26 but were blown away 31-13 in the third period ending any chance of a first win of the season.

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