Wilson sidelined with fractured ankle


JCU Townsville Fire point guard Kelly Wilson will miss this week’s Victorian road trip after fracturing her ankle at the weekend.

Having limped off during Saturday night’s overtime win against the Sydney Uni Flames, x-rays have confirmed that Wilson has sustained a fracture to her left distal fibula and will face up to six weeks on the sidelines.

The 31-year-old is presently in Melbourne undergoing treatment and will return to Townsville in the near future to continue her rehabilitation.

As a result, the Fire will activate Haylee Andrews for this week’s games against Bendigo and Melbourne, with the 16-year-old having made her WNBL debut against Perth in round one.

Fire coach Claudia Brassard said she was disappointed for Wilson, who enjoyed her best game since returning to the club on Saturday night with 10 points and seven assists.

“Kelly is a key player in our team” Brassard said.

“She’s one of the premier point guards in the WNBL and she’s done a good job running our team through the first five rounds of the season, but we’re going to have to adjust.

“Fortunately, we have the luxury of being deep in the point guard’s position and I have full and complete faith that Micaela Cocks and Natasha Cloud and will be able to run the team in Kelly’s absence.”

Championship winner Chevannah Paalvast will also miss this week’s road trip due to a schedule clash.

The Fire face the Spirit at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night before clashing with the Melbourne Boomers at the Victorian State Basketball Centre on Sunday.

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