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Pretorius Adamant Lightning Will Lift Against Fever

Regardless of who takes to the court for the West Coast Fever this weekend, Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Karla Pretorius has a simple focus.

Channel your energy into the things that you can control.

Speculation is mounting over whether Fever Captain Courtney Bruce and shooter Jhaniele Fowler will pass fitness tests ahead of Sunday.

But Pretorius says that while Sunshine Coast Lightning will do their research and prepare for any combination Fever could throw their way, it’s her own game and structures that she’s concentrating on.

“[Jhaneile] plays a big role in that team, but we don’t know if she’s going to play or not,” Pretorius said.

“We focus on what we need to do and how we can do stuff better.

“Regardless of if she plays or not, that’s going to stay the same.”

There are a number of learnings from Lightning’s round one loss to Collingwood that have been a focus this week and the Vice Captain is adamant that her team will lift against the Fever.

“It wasn’t the ideal start for us, performance-wise, we wanted to do better,” she said.

“But you learn out of that and we want to focus on the positive stuff and that’s what we did during preparations this week.

“We’re working on the areas we want to improve and we’ve got another opportunity this weekend.”

Mindful that the Fever will want to atone for last year’s Grand Final loss against Lightning, Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne said Lightning would leave “no stone unturned” when it came to preparations.

“I think it showed on the weekend that we need everyone firing, we need whoever is on the court putting their hand up and doing the job,” Byrne said.

“Their core is the same, so we know this outfit that we’re about to come up against and we’ve planned for all players to be on the court.”

You can watch all the action live from 1pm (AEST) on the Nine Network when the Sunshine Coast Lightning take on West Coast Fever in Perth on Sunday.