- Sunshine Coast Lightning 71-56 Queensland Firebirds
Peace Proscovia played her first full game in the Suncorp Super Netball Premiership on Sunday as the Sunshine Coast Lightning beat Queensland Firebirds, 71-56.
The Uganda She Cranes captain and goal shooter was near perfect on the day as Lightning dominated the Queensland derby at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Proscovia, who is considered one of the best shooters in the game, went a perfect 17-of-17 in the first quarter that Lightning won, 21-15, to set the pace. She scored 53 goals overall from 55 attempts.
Firebirds wayward passing early in the second quarter cost them even more as the Lightning ran riot, scoring seven goals in succession to extend their lead that even a late burst of four Firebirds goals could only leave the game at 39-28 after the second quarter.
Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke threw Jamaican superstar goal shooter Romelda Aiken into goalkeeper role to start the third quarter and she curbed Proscovia’s aerial dominance and the Firebirds won the quarter 17-15.
Early in the fourth quarter, Firebirds threw everything at Lightning and came within six goals. However, they were pegged back by their own errors and defenders Karla Pretorius and Phumza Maweni who lifted their defensive rating to stem the visitors’ flow.
A run of seven goals from Lightning with one in between from Firebirds helped them re-establish a comfortable lead midway the quarter and earned seven Suncorp Super Netball Premiership points an ascended to third place.