bajan’s efforts not enough to rescue team
Top Barbadian netballer Nikita Piggott continues to shine in the British Netball Super League.
But her Loughborough Lightning continue to flounder.
Playing Saturday at home before a standing-room only crowd at the Netball Centre, Loughborough Lightning were thrashed 76-34 by the strong Welsh side, Celtic Dragons. Lightning are yet to register a victory this year in five outings.
Piggott was in brilliant shooting touch, netting 18 goals from 20 attempts for a 90 percent shooting average but once again Lightning’s shooters suffered from inadequate service from the rest of the team who time and again had passes intercepted or simply sent errant passes into offensive positions.
Loughborough began with the first centre pass of the game and both teams looked strong, providing end to end action for the crowd.
Loughborough’s defence of Lauren Massey and Jamaican Afrika Morris had their work cut out from the first whistle of the game as the Dragon’s 195cm goal shooter Lottysha Cato from Grenada had a distinct height advantage.
But Lightning managed to capitalise on some of Celtic’s mistakes with Piggott scoring some great goals from all over the circle at the other end of the court to end the first quarter 10-14 to Celtic Dragons.
The second quarter saw some changes for the Lightning team including the replace of Jamaican Vanessa Walker at goal attack. Dragons continued to dominate and finished the half strongly to lead 19-32.
Loughborough came out in the third quarter looking to narrow their deficit. A fantastic turnover by the defence was then converted by Piggott. However the Bajan’s team-mates found it hard to defend the high feeds in to the Celtic Dragon’s circle, which their goal shooter frequently converted to put the Dragons up 53-26 at the end of the third quarter.
Piggott was moved from goal shooter to goal attack in the fourth quarter but it was more of the same with the home side managing only eight goals as the visitors netted 23 to come away with the convincing victory. Cato had an exceptional game netting 57 goals from 63 attempts.Piggott, in her first professional stint, will be next in action this Saturday when the Lightning take on the Yorkshire Jets. (WG)††