JCU Townsville Fire coach Chris Lucas is refusing to believe that Saturday night’s home game against the Adelaide Lightning is a lay down misere.
With the Fire returning to their intimidating best last week with a 44-point win over the University of Canberra Capitals, the Lightning, who were on the precipice of folding during the off-season, will enter the fixture looking for their first win of the season but Lucas is refusing to take them lightly.
“There a new group so they’re going to take some time,” Lucas said earlier today.
“We’re not taking them lightly at all, we’re treating them as the same as every other game and we’re going to prepare accordingly.”
With Australian Opals point guard Leilani Mitchell calling the shots, the Lightning and the Fire’s ball handlers may well decide the result with Micaela Cocks poised to tackle the pint-sized dynamo.
Mitchell paced the Lightning last week during their loss to the Sydney Uni Flames with 20 points, four steals and three rebounds, while Cocks has been in scintillating form for the Fire.
“She (Mitchell) is good,” Lucas said.
“She plays the ball screen really well – we need to come up with a plan A and a plan B for that – and Mikaela Ruef is a proven player in our league and they’ve got some quality around them as well.
“And they’ve got some girls who will come in and play with no fear, so we will prepare and we’re looking forward to the game and hopefully we can back up last week’s performance.”
The Fire host the Lightning from 7pm (QLD time) at Townsville RSL Stadium on Saturday night.
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