Light­ning surge late to hand Swifts first de­feat of sea­son

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

THE NSW Swifts have suf­fered their first de­feat of the 2019 Su­per Net­ball sea­son at the hands of the re­silient Sun­shine Coast Light­ning 59-57, at the Quay­cen­tre yes­ter­day.

The hosts looked the dom­i­nant side for long pe­ri­ods of the con­test but failed to cap­i­talise on some late chances, al­low­ing the vis­i­tors back into the game with some costly turnovers and er­rors.

The Swifts took a 32-31 lead into the half­time break in what was a very hard-fought first half, and both sides were bring­ing plenty of phys­i­cal­ity onto the court as they jock­eyed for sec­ond spot on the com­pe­ti­tion lad­der.

Sam Wal­lace (33/36) and He­len Housby (24/26) con­tin­ued to show their chem­istry up front, but it was the Light­ning’s Peace Proscovia who was shin­ing the bright­est with 25 points be­fore half­time, mak­ing life ex­tremely tough for the home team’s de­fence.

The Swifts ral­lied af­ter the break and raced out to an eight-point lead dur­ing the third quar­ter, how­ever the in­jec­tion of Cara Koe­nen sparked a come­back for the vis­i­tors and turned what was look­ing to be a com­fort­able lead into a war of at­tri­tion once again.

Koe­nen scored 18 points in her cameo and put her side on the front foot, al­low­ing them to over­come a fairly heavy deficit in a re­ally strong come-frombe­hind win on the road.

The NSW Swifts will travel in­ter­state next week­end to take on the high-fly­ing Melbourne Vix­ens in a block­buster clash.

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