Barbados’ shooting ace Nikita Piggott had her best game of the British Super League Netball season on Saturday but her Loughborough Lightning still finished on the losing end going down to Hertfordshire Mavericks 55-45 in Hertfordshire.
With two home games left of phase one of the Super League season, the improved display from the Lightning team gave hope they might soon secure that first elusive win for the season.
Piggott was the main goal scorer for the match scoring 32 out of 39 attempted shots for an 82 per cent shooting success. Starting in the goal shooter position, Piggott was swapped to goal attacker for the third quarter where Flo Edwards was replaced by Jamaican Vanessa Walker as goal shooter.
At half time Lightning were leading 27-25. However in the latter two quarters the team became fatigued which allowed Mavericks to outshine them and claim the victory.After a major come back in the third quarter by Mavericks who scored 16 out of 16 attempted shots that brought up there score to 41, Lightning began to fall behind only scoring 8 goals themselves.
Lightning head coach Jo Webb began some dramatic changes in the fourth quarter to compensate for the tiring team. Finally Piggott and Walker swapped positions at goal attack and goal shooter.
However, Mavericks were too strong and continued to pull away scoring a further 14 shots to Lightning’s ten which ended in the 55-45 defeat for Lightning.
After the match Webb said: “It is one of those situations where we have known what our team is capable of but we have not necessarily been able to pull it all together for our matches – and then Saturday happened. Lightning stepped on court against Mavericks and showed the sort of physical and mental control that produces results.
“We were winning at half time and were punished for a short burst of inconsistency that cost us the game, but the positives over shadow any negatives as we played some amazing netball.”
Piggott and her Lightning will next be in action on March 16 and 23 against Celtic Dragons and Yorkshire Jets respectively. (WG)†††