Meteorettes finals focused
Mackay looks to spark ladder rise on the road
BASKETBALL: The Meteorettes are confident of turning their fortunes around and sparking a run up the Queensland Basketball League ladder on the road this weekend.
Fresh off a bye following a four point loss to Rockhampton, things don’t get any easier for the Meteorettes on the road against QBL newcomers the North Gold Coast Seahawks (tonight), the Brisbane Capitals on Saturday and top-five side the Southern Districts Spartans on Sunday.
Coming off a string of tight losses, Mackay Basketball business development manager Wade Rebetzke said eliminating defensive lapses could see the Meteorettes turn their fortunes around, starting against the Seahawks tonight.
“It’s a tough trip for the girls, North Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Spartans have all been playing good basketball. The Spartans beat (then) undefeated Townsville by 30 on the road last weekend, so they’ve got a fantastic group, but North Gold Coast has been a really tough all season as a new team and (coach Ian Haughton) is really looking forward to seeing how we match up against those guys,” he said.
“We’re going down with the mindset that we want to get a couple of wins, and we’re right there, it’s just about putting four quarters together.
“We’ve tended to have lapses in games where we go to sleep for eight minutes then it’s a 10 point game... so the girls need to put 40 minutes together and execute the game plan and that’s what’s let us down (this) season.”
While the side sits ninth on the QBL ladder with three wins from their seven games, Rebetzke believes the Meteorettes are building chemistry and leadership as the season progresses.
With a new-look side in 2018, Rebetzke said the Meteorettes were on track and not “far away” from converting losses into wins.
“What a lot of people don’t realise is we’ve got a whole new starting five and without Jill Haughton (former star), we’ve had to find new ways to find leadership,” he said.
“That’s taken time, but I’ve said from the start we’d be playing our best from mid to end of the season and I think that can start this weekend.
“It’s a really important trip, and if we can grab two to three wins, the girls can set themselves up for the rest of the season and make a run at the playoffs.”
Regardless of the results, Rebetzke said the Meteorettes wouldn’t write the season off and would remain focussed on making an impact in the post season.
“It’s way too early for that (write off)... you play for wins no matter what,” he said.
“We still firmly believe we’re play-offs bound and this weekend is the start of that process and that comes (tonight).
“You knock a team off above you, you move up. We’ve got that opportunity this weekend (against) teams above us, so if we do a good job we can start to look at the eight.
“I know the girls have got that attitude.”
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