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Netball

Fowler-Reid keeps Fever unbeaten, Aiken lose with Firebirds

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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PERTH, Australia (CMC) — Sunshine Girls star Jhaniele Fowler-Reid starred yet again as West Coast Fever maintained their unbeaten start to the Suncorp Super Netball Championship with a convincing 63-54 victory over New South Wales Swifts here Sunday.

Playing at the NBF Stadium, Fever dominated every quarter but the last, en route to their fourth-straight victory which left them top of the standings on 28 points — seven clear of second-placed Melbourne Vixens.

Fowler-Reid, in her first season in the Australian championship following a successful career in New Zealand's ANZ tournament, scored 53 from 59 attempts at goal shooter.

Trinidadian goal shooter Samantha Wallace led the losers, netting 24 from 28 attempts, while her partner goal attack Helen Housby managed 24 from 31.

The 28-year-old Fowler-Reid scored 15 from 17 in the opening quarter as Fever took a 16-11 lead, with Wallace keeping her side in the contest with seven from eight attempts.

Fowler-Reid maintained her accuracy in the second quarter scoring 15 from 16 attempts, powering Fever to a half-time advantage of 35-25.

With Wallace sitting out the period, Housby moved to goal shooter to score eight from nine attempts.

When Wallace returned for the third quarter, Swifts managed to keep pace with Fever, though they were out-scored 14-12, with Wallace knocking down seven from eight and Housby, five from eight.

But Fowler-Reid continued to shoot with almost unerring accuracy, scoring 11 from 13, to give Fever a 12-point, 49-37 lead at the start of the final quarter.

With Wallace scoring 10 from 12 and Housby, a perfect from seven from seven, Swifts got the better of Fever, 17-14, but it was not enough to erase the deficit.

Fowler-Reid scored 12 from 13 in the final quarter.

In Sydney, Jamaican Romelda Aiken found herself on the losing end as her Queensland Firebirds lost a nail-biter to Giants Netball.

Playing at the Quaycentre, the scores were tied at 51 with two minutes and 14 seconds left on the clock, and goal shooter Kristina Brice and goal attack Jo Harten then both scored important goals to give the hosts a 53-51 win.

Brice scored 27 from 31 attempts, while Harten supported with 18 from 20.

For Firebirds, goal shooter Aiken led with 32 from 38, while her partner Gretel Tippett was a perfect 19 from the circle.

Firebirds led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but were out-scored 16-11 in the second quarter to be down 26-28 at the half.

Neither team could be separated in the second phase of the encounter with each scoring 25 goals.

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