05/03/2024

Townsville's Lauren Nicholson in action (Picture: WNBL)

Both sides found their offensive flow and run in the first half, but the Fire lifted their intensity and energy in the second half to blowout the margin. Steph Reid, Tianna Hawkins and Lauren Nicholson were the main contributors keeping the Fire burning for Townsville.

Steph Reid and Mikaela Ruef set the tone in the first quarter for the Townsville Fire, finishing the quarter with nine and seven points each respectively.

Both sides went basket for basket in the first five minutes of the game, but the Lynx fought back in the later stages in the quarter, hitting some tough shots inside the paint and hitting shots from the three point arc.

The Lynx had a tough opening quarter from two-point range but shot at a high percentage and volume from three point range. The Fire were dominant in the points in the paint, whilst bench points were in favour of the Lynx.

The Fire lifted in the second quarter, finding and scoring off multiple contributions, with the likes of Steph Reid using her speed and open looks to others offensively, whilst Hawkins and Ruef were strong in the post.

The Lynx had their spark from Lauren Scherf, Sami Whitcomb keeping the Lynx in the game, but the Fire maintained composure and took a 51-44 lead at half time.

The Fire continued their scoring inside in the paint at a high number, 26-22, but the Fire had 14 more scoring opportunities and had extra possession of the ball, scoring 29-23 for the second quarter.

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The Fire had another dominant third quarter, outscoring the Lynx 24-22, with turnovers hurting the Lynx on both ends of the court and the Fire having easy possessions and run offensively.

Whilst Chloe Bibby and Lauren Scherf were a spark for the Lynx, others couldn’t find their mojo into the game, with the Fire’s defense limiting the Lynx shooting volume of shots offensively for the Lynx.

Steph Reid continued to be on song in the third quarter, finishing with 21 points and seven assists, whilst the likes of Nicholson, Hawkins, Ruef and contributions off the bench from McSpadden and Woods lifted the energy off the bench.

Some late threes from Nicholson and Samuelson gave the Fire a steady lead at three quarter time.

The Fire continued where they left off in the last quarter, whilst the Lynx can take away some positives, winning the last quarter, 29-23.

Chloe Bibby was a spark for the Lynx, lifting her efforts offensively, but the Fire continued their strong rebounding efforts and applying the tight defensive pressure, to seal the victory, 98-85.

Steph Reid (27 points, nine assist, six rebounds, four steals), Tianna Hawkins (20 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals), Lauren Nicholson (19 points, two rebounds, one assist) were along the Fire’s best.

The Fire’s next game is the Melbourne Boomers in Round Eight, their second game against each other for the season in what looks to be another blockbuster match.

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