Kristi plays waiting game 

WILL she or won’t she?

Kristi Harrower’s playing future won’t be decided anytime soon.

The Bendigo Bank Spirit star is adamant she hasn’t made up her mind about retirement, with all her energy going into her side’s historic WNBL grand final on Sunday, March 10.

“I’m not going to make any decisions yet,’’ Harrower said.

“I don’t want any of my decisions to get in the road of the focus of the girls and the team.

“It all depends on a lot of things. I’m going to take some time out after the season and I want to make sure I make the right decision.

“I don’t want to say I’m retired and then, maybe, something else doesn’t come along and then I want to come back and play.

“I want to make sure I’ve made the right decision before I say anything.”

Harrower, who celebrates her 38th birthday next Monday, has battled an Achilles injury all season and has publicly declared she wants to start a family.

However, the fact Harrower’s on-court performance has arguably been better this year than last season shows there is plenty of life left in her ageing legs should she choose to play on.

She played every minute of Sunday’s stirring second semi-final win over Dandenong, scoring 19 points to go with six rebounds and nine assists.

“I was really struggling towards the end, but I knew I couldn’t go out of the game,’’ Kristi Harrower said.

“I had to dig deep. The last time-out I fet sick in my stomach and I couldn’t breathe properly, I was that exhausted.

“Once I get that quick rest I just go again and you don’t think about it.”

The semi-final win earned the Spirit a week’s rest leading into the grand final.

Harrower admitted the break will benefit her body, but at the same time she’s wary that the weekend off could hurt the Spirit.

“Sometimes you can lose momentum and sometimes you can lose rhythm,’’ Harrower said.

“When we had the bye we came out the next week against Canberra and weren’t very good.”

The Spirit will train tomorrow night and on Thursday night and are likely to have match practice on Saturday afternoon.

They will then get together to watch Sunday’s preliminary final between Dandenong and Townsville.

The Spirit hold a 4-0 record this season over Dandenong and split their two meetings with Townsville.

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