Townsville Fire and Katanning’s Megan McKay face a crucial preliminary final clash with Melbourne Boomers after losing their semifinal on Wednesday night at Townsville Stadium. McKay and her Fire teammates took on Southside Flyers for a spot in the Women’s National Basketball League grand final but weren’t able to prevail. The Fire now face a must win clash tomorrow night if they want to advance to Sunday’s WNBL grand final and have a shot at redemption against the Flyers and claim their first championships since 2017-18. In just under 27 minutes of playing time, the Katanning star dropped eight points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out one assist as her side went down 93-106. The Fire won their final two regular matches impressively to finish in second spot on the ladder. Heading into the final round of regular games, the Fire sat fourth on the standings but won their final two games to finish second after winning nine of their 13 games. McKay played a key role in the Fire’s dominant 29-point win over Adelaide Lightning, who were in fifth spot at the time last Friday. The Katanning centre played over 26 minutes in the 95-66 result and put up 17 points to go with seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists. The Fire need a win in their last regular fixture to secure a top-two finish and double chance in the finals. Coming up against fellow top-four side Melbourne Boomers, the Fire hung on to record a 70-64 win. McKay finished with two points, three rebounds and two assists from just over 15 minutes of game time.