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Tight Loss to Lightning in 6th Round

28th March 2017

On Saturday Mavericks faced Loughborough Lightning at home at the Hert Sports Village.  It was a big game for both teams.  Lightning looking to maintain their unbeaten record (matched only by Surrey Storm) and Mavericks looking to take this win following a good win against Celtic Dragons and a number of close losses.

Mavericks Starting Seven: Summer Artman (GK); Lindsay Keable (GD); Zara Everitt (WD); Rose Morgan Smith (C); Keshia Grant (WA); Sophie Drakeford Lewis (GA); Vicklyn Joseph (GS)

The match was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of those that were injured and lost their lives in the London attacks earlier in the week.

Mavericks got off to the best of starts with an immediate turnover from Artman on Lightning's first centre pass, taken to a goal from Drakeford-Lewis.  The quarter continued with fantastic intercepts and turnovers from the Mavericks defence and strong attacking work from the shooters and mid court - meaning that Mavericks went into the first quarter break with a 6 goal lead (thank to an on the buzzer pressure shot from Drakeford-Lewis) - 18-12.

The team made no changes for Q2 - and they came out with the same intensity as the first - pushing the score through to 20-14.  Lightning, then began to fight back and made turnovers and awesome shots of their own.  After a frantic final few minutes of the second quarter, at half time the score was 31-28 with Mavericks holding on to a 3 goal lead.

At half time Mavericks made two changes - Ashleigh Neal came on at WA and Razia Quashie at GD.  Loughborough Lightning came out firing and had a quick run of three goals to bring the score to evens - 31-31.  The match then continued goal for goal for a period of time.  Finally Lightning took a two goal lead and despite intercepts and turnovers from the Everitt, Artman and Quashie, Mavericks were unable to bring this back and going into the final quarter Lightning had a four goal lead - 48-44.

This set up a huge final quarter for both of the teams with the result hanging in the balance.  One change was made to the Mavericks 7 for Q4 with Michelle Drayne coming in at Centre.  Mavericks started well and brought the score back to within one goal 50-51, halfway through the final Q.  But despite some fantastic play all over the court from Mavericks, Lightning stepped on the gas and were able to pull away - final score Lightning 66 Mavericks 57.  The final score not indicative of what a tightly contested match this was.  A real fantastic spectacle for the sell out Hertfordshire crowd who were bitterly disappointed not to see Mavericks get the win.

Next up Mavericks are away to Manchester Thunder.  A real must win match for Mavericks.