Fourth-placed Hills District let a golden opportunity to sweep into the playoffs slip by them on Saturday afternoon, losing 69-66 to the sixth-placed Central Coast Crusaders.
The Hornets have been fortunate a number of other results have gone their way and they have qualified in sixth position - the most dreaded position in the Top Six.
Hills District now travel to Alexandria Stadium this weekend to play the third-placed Sydney City Comets in an elimination quarter final and there are no second chances from this point of the competition.
The Hornets have both amazed and at times disappointed their fans this season and head coach Dom Finlay will be hoping to have his experienced team primed for one of the biggest games of their lives.
The Penrith Panthers swept past the Parramatta Wildcats on Sunday to leapfrog the Hornets in the playoffs and now host the Crusaders in the other elimination quarter final.
The Hills District women had already completed their regular season and finished the season in fourth position.
As a result, they will host the Sydney City Comets this weekend at the Hills Basketball Stadium.
Central Coast Crusaders 69 def Hills District Hornets 66 (David Pollard 16 points, 11 boards; Emils Duselis 16 points; Josh Chapman 14 points, 7 boards, 6 assists).