Bundy Bears 'saddened' by deaths
THE Bundaberg basketball community is mourning the loss of two Toowoomba players who died in a head-on smash following their game in the rum city on Sunday.
Toowoomba Mountaineers players Stacey Richter, 21, and Stephanie Mylonas, 20, died after the car they were travelling in crashed on the Burnett Hwy near Booubyjan.
They were on their way home after playing their final game of the women's Queensland Basketball League season, in which their team was defeated by the Bundaberg Bears.
Bears coach Brenton Edwards said the team received the news about 5pm on Sunday.
"Obviously we were very saddened by the news," he said.
Mr Edwards said the two teams had played each other earlier that afternoon.
"It was a fantastic match - Toowoomba have improved a lot this year," he said.
"They were all in high spirits when they left the stadium."
The death of the two star players hit close to home for the Bundy side, with their former import Kisha Lee now playing for the Mountaineers.
"We're very close - everyone knows each other," Mr Edwards said.
"Most of the girls didn't know (Stacey and Stephanie), but they did know of them and played against them for a number of years."
Mr Edwards said the basketball community was devastated by the deaths.
"Bundaberg Basketball offers their regrets, sympathy and support to the families of the victims and to the driver of the vehicle," he said.
"We hope that they can pull through this tragedy."
Bears captain Kylie Giles said the double tragedy came as a great shock to players.
"You play a team and don't expect that's going to happen to them on their way home," she said.
Mrs Giles said it was not uncommon for some members of the team to drive home separately after a game.
"I've done it before because I have kids too - it happens for whatever reason," she said.
Mrs Giles said the Mountaineers had been devastated when they learnt what happened to their two teammates.
"The team found out about it while they were still here," she said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the girls and their families."
The driver of the car, and the girls' teammate, Jodie Wright, was taken to hospital along with her two children, who were passengers.
A Queensland Police spokesperson said the 29-year-old driver of the second vehicle was not injured.