Mavericks claim dramatic home victory over Severn Stars

PUBLISHED: 08:25 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 11 April 2017

Mavericks V Severn Stars - Photographer K Haddon - Keshia Grant in action for the Mavericks

Mavericks V Severn Stars - Photographer K Haddon - Keshia Grant in action for the Mavericks

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Hertfordshire Mavericks picked up their third win of the season on Saturday as they played host to Severn Stars in Hatfield.

Mavericks V Severn Stars - Photographer K Haddon - Michelle Drayne in action for the Mavericks Mavericks V Severn Stars - Photographer K Haddon - Michelle Drayne in action for the Mavericks

It was an entertaining match with plenty of momentum swings, but it was the home side that came out on top in the final quarter.

The first quarter started with an uncharacteristic miss from Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, and this sluggishness was a theme of the opening exchanges.

The visitors seemed the more alert of the two teams, and their superior shooting statistics saw them pull ahead early on.

Mavericks had to work hard to get the ball into the circle, but towards the end of the quarter they started to find their rhythm and brought the score back to within one.

Intelligent time management saw the Mavericks score in the final seconds to retain the centre pass at the start of the second quarter.

This was a game being contested between two sides in the lower half of the table, but you wouldn’t have believed that by watching the second quarter as both sides were playing a high-energy, quick-passing game which was enthralling to watch.

The teams went goal-for-goal for long periods, but by the end of the 15 minutes Mavericks began to assert their dominance with some creative passes and their trademark solid defence, stretching their lead to six at half-time.

But having worked so hard to get in front, the lead was thrown away just as quickly as a series of unforced errors from Mavericks and incisive play from the Stars saw the visitors claw the score back.

Mavericks scored just six times in the third quarter to give the Stars a 36-34 advantage heading into the final period.

Stars pushed onto a four-goal lead with 10 minutes to go, but Mavericks weren’t going down without a fight.

Buoyed by the raucous University of Hertfordshire crowd, the continuous midcourt pressure followed by a series of interceptions from Summer Artman and Razia Quashie in the circle gave the home side just enough possession to sneak one goal ahead with a minute to go.

With the lead and time on their side, Mavericks were able to close out the win with Vicklyn Joseph scoring twice more to end the game with a 48-45 scoreline.

Mavericks are back in action at Herts Sports Village on Easter Monday (April 17) as they play host to the Wasps.

Starting Seven: Quashie (GK), Keable (GD), Everitt (WD), Drayne (C), Grant (WA), Drakeford-Lewis (GA), Joseph (GS).

Used Substitutes: Artman, Hankin, Morgan-Smith.

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