Mavericks beat Lightning to claim second win of season

PUBLISHED: 16:08 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 February 2014

Rose Morgan-Smith

Rose Morgan-Smith


Hertfordshire Mavericks secured a 42-28 win on Saturday evening as they defeated Loughborough Lightning in the second round of the 2014 ZEO Superleague, writes Beth Shine.

A different starting seven was selected following the win over Celtic Dragons, including Rose Morgan-Smith at wing attack and Sarah East at goal attack.

The fixture did not start so well for Mavericks as Lightning led 4-1 in the first few minutes.

However, with two excellent turnovers from Samantha May and Layla Guscoth, Mavericks closed the gap to 6-6.

Neither team were making it easy for the shooters, however Kadeen Corbin’s super speed saw her dominate the circle and Mavericks finished the quarter 10-7 up.

Changes in the second quarter saw Mikki Austin step on court at centre for the first time this season.

Lightning showed some patient play, particularly in the shooting circle, working the ball in cleanly to the shooters.

Mavericks were yet to find their flow and with a high number of unforced errors Lightning were still champing at the bit and the quarter closed for half-time 20-15 to Mavericks.

The third quarter saw Mavericks make yet more changes, with Michaella McFarlane entering the game at wing attack and the defence shifting back one and Camilla Buchanan coming on at wing defence.

This combination appeared to be the best yet for Mavericks with some quick shooter to shooter balls between Corbin and East.

Some excellent vision from Austin helped Mavericks stretch the lead to 10 goals, and the quarter finished 31-21.

Vicklyn Joseph came on at goal shooter in the final quarter, it took a while for the Mavericks mid-court to adjust to the new shooting combination, however with some excellent defensive pressure and a number of turnovers Mavericks went 12 goals ahead.

A spirited final quarter performance from Lightning engaged their tense home crowd.

However, it wasn’t enough to salvage the game and at the final whistle the score was 42-28 to Mavericks.

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