Ready to take the longer road

Perth Lynx Feb 2016-1-71

JCU Townsville Fire assistant coach Claudia Brassard is refusing to waive the white flag following Sunday’s semi-final loss to Perth.

The reigning Wattle Valley WNBL champions were blown off the court by the Lynx as they slumped to a 72-91 loss and consigned themselves to a Preliminary Final showdown with SEQ at Townsville RSL Stadium on Sunday.

After licking their wounds yesterday, Brassard said the Fire must re-focus ahead of the weekend, with a win propelling them through to a fourth consecutive Grand Final.

“We worked hard to get the double chance and we’re going to use it,” Brassard conceded this morning.

“While it wasn’t the result that we wanted, there’s still plenty of opportunity to win the championship and that’s what we’re focussing on right now.”

Having been liquidated as a club on the eve of the WNBL finals, the Stars have won four of their past five matches including Saturday night’s cut-throat semi-final against Dandenong.

Despite their off-court challenges, they boast a litany of scorers including two quality imports and a pair of Opals.

“They have two legit Opals players and two WNBA players, so it’s going to be a tough ask,” Brassard said.

“They’re a great shooting team as well and they won’t tire – they only led the last 58 seconds of the game to stay alive in the play-offs – so the focus is going to be to contain those shooters and to try and wear them down over the 40 minutes.”

The Fire host the Stars in the Preliminary Final at Townsville RSL Stadium from 3pm on Sunday.

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