Fire win a tight contest with the Flames

November 18, 2020 | Townsville Fire news

A game of electric atmosphere in a tightly wound four quarters, the Townsville Fire made a statement in the WNBL20 season, with a 81-78 score line against the Sydney Uni Flames.

With the familiarity of home, it was a game of redemption from a previous loss against the Capitals just two days ago.

Along with a strong back court, the first quarter was dominated by Townsville native Nadeen Payne with 11 points including a game total of three stunning three pointers. Opening up a healthy lead in the first quarter.

Back court strongholds Shyla Heal and Lauren Nicholson once again held true throughout the game with a combined points total of 31 points.

With a high turnover rate along the first quarter, The Fire held a tight but commendable 7 point lead into the second quarter.

The Townsville fans were on the edge of their seats, and the following three quarters set the stage for intense entertainment.

Defensive rebounds once again have been at the forefront of this game. With both Zitina Aokuso and Megan Mckay being strong contributors on the court. Both players holding 7 rebounds each.

With a strong lead from the Fire in the first quarter, the game was brought into contest in the second and third.

Both the Flames and the Fire traded shots in what were big swings in rebounds, points and nail biting finishes in play.

The final quarter saw the momentum shift in favour of the Fire with a tremendous three pointer from Courtney Woods and aggressive transition plays from Stephanie Reid.

Down to the wire the victory remained contested into the dying seconds of the balanced match up.

However in a strong performance across the court, the Fire remained on top, finishing with a tight but healthy 3 point lead.


Written by Jack De Lacey


The Townsville Fire will return to the Townsville stadium to shape up against the Southside flyers on Thursday at 6pm AEST