Sirens star Nicola McCleery is not giving up hope of a top four finish in the Netball Superleague after an agonising extratime defeat to rivals Manchester Titans.
The only Scottish franchise in the UK-wide competition, Sirens have had an encouraging start to the campaign with four wins and six defeats from the first 10 games.
Monday’s 66-76 defeat at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow leaves Sirens nine points adrift of the end-of-season play-offs with eight games to go.
But McCleery, from Calderwood, believes Sirens can still make it in their maiden season.
The 21-year-old wing-attack said:“It was such a good performance from us on Monday. For 60 minutes we put in one of our best performances and finished up at 58-58, but we lost a bit of gas in the extra-time.
“We are gutted because we should have won it in normal time. We still want that top four position, so we know we need to start getting more wins.
“The table has changed so much in the first 10 games so I’m sure there will be more changes in the final eight games.
““We know we are probably going to rely on other teams helping us out, but all we can do is focus on our own performances and keep improving.”
On Friday, Sirens travel to Coventry to face Wasps, a side who beat them 57-43 on the opening day of the campaign.
They are sitting second behind leaders Loughborough Lightening and 12 clear of McCleery’s side.
And she added:“It will be exciting to see how far we’ve come since that first game.
“We’ve been learning all the time and hopefully we can get a good result.
“Playing a top four side, it’s important for us to win the game and pick up three points.”