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Fowler-Reid, Aiken prosper in Suncorp Super Netball League

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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SUNSHINE COAST, Australia (CMC) — Sunshine Girls star Jhaniele Fowler-Reid produced another incisive performance to help unbeaten West Coast Fever edge Sunshine Coast Lightning and post their third-successive win in the Suncorp Super Netball League last weekend.

Playing at USC Stadium on Saturday, Fever extended their winning streak with a 56-55 win which kept Lightning winless for the new season that got underway late last month.

Jamaican Fowler-Reid was once again at the forefront of Fever's win, scoring 39 goals from 44 attempts, while goal attack Nat Medhurt supported with 17 from 21 attempts.

For the losers, goal shooter Caitlin Bassett knocked down 33 from 39 attempts while goal attack Steph Wood finished with 22 from 25.

The opening quarters were so keenly contested that it was difficult to separate the two teams at half-time, as they fought to a 29-29 deadlock.

Fowler-Reid spearheaded Fever's rally, scoring 22 from 25 attempts, while Bassett netted 19 from 22 to keep Lightning in the contest.

Lightning got the better of the third quarter to lead by a single point, 44-43, and though they lost the advantage to trail in the dying minutes of the final quarter, they rebounded to go ahead with 90 seconds left on the clock.

But Medhurt tied the scores at 55 and then scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left to hand the visitors victory.

Fowler-Reid's Sunshine Girls teammate, Romelda Aiken was also in good form, but her Queensland Firebirds slipped to a 54-53 defeat to New South Wales Swifts at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Aiken scored 45 from 51 attempts but Firebirds suffered a final-quarter slump to squander a five-goal lead at the end of the third quarter.

Goal Attack Helen Housby led the winners with 24 from 31 attempts while goal shooter Sophie Garbin chipped in with 18 from 19.

Firebirds led 29-23 at the half behind a 24-of-29 shooting performance from Aiken, and extended the lead to 42-37 at the start of the final quarter.

But Swifts outscored Firebirds when it mattered most in a strong late surge, even though Aiken was perfect with 10 goals from as many attempts.

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