Lightning strike down the Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 09:38 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 28 March 2017

Hertfordshire Mavericks on the attack against Loughborough, Photo: Bernie de Hoedt

Hertfordshire Mavericks on the attack against Loughborough, Photo: Bernie de Hoedt

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Herts Mavericks were unable to build on their recent win over Celtic Dragons as Loughborough Lightning ran out 66-57 winners on their visit to Herts Sports Village.

Hertfordshire Mavericks v Loughborough Lightning, Photo: Bernie de Hoedt Hertfordshire Mavericks v Loughborough Lightning, Photo: Bernie de Hoedt

It always promised to be a tough game for the Mavericks with their visitors looking to maintain an unbeaten league record matched only by Surrey Storm, with this win making it six successes out of six in the league for Loughborough.

The match began with a minute’s silence in memory of those that were injured and lost their lives in the Westminster attack last week.

Once the action began Mavericks got off to the best of starts with an immediate turnover from Summer Artman on Lightning’s first centre pass leading to a score for Sophie Drakeford-Lewis.

The quarter continued with fantastic interceptions and turnovers from Mavericks’ defence and strong attacking work from the shooters and mid-court meaning that the hosts went into the first quarter break with a six-goal lead at 18-12.

The team came out with the same intensity in the second quarter pushing the score through to 20-14.

Lightning fought back and made turnovers and several outstanding shots of their own, but heading into half-time Mavericks were 31-28 ahead.

At half-time Mavericks made two changes with Ashleigh Neal and Razia Quashie entering the game.

Loughborough came out firing and they had a quick run of three goals to level the scores.

The match then continued goal for goal for a period of time before Lightning took a two-goal lead and despite intercepts and turnovers from the likes of Zara Everitt, Artman and Quashie the Mavericks were unable get back on terms and going into the final quarter trailed 48-44.

This set up a huge final quarter with the result hanging in the balance.

Michelle Drayne came on at centre for the Mavericks and they started well to bring the score back to within one goal at 51-50.

Yet despite some fantastic play from Mavericks, Lightning were able to pull away to win 66-57.

Next up Mavericks is a trip to Manchester Thunder on Monday.

Mavericks Starting Seven: Artman; Keable; Everitt; Morgan Smith; Grant; Drakeford-Lewis; Joseph.

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