Peace Proscovia shot 27-of-29 to help her side Sunshine Coast Lightning edge New South Wales Swifts 59-57 in a Suncorp Super Netball game played on Saturday at Quaycentre in Sydney.
Lightning came back from nine-goals down to upset an undefeated Swifts by two goals in an intense and physical match.
It was a fast and frenetic start with both teams bringing the expected intensity and physicality. However, it was the Lightning who were able to take the first bonus point at the end of the first quarter with a one-goal lead, 17-16, over the Swifts.
Lightning’s Ugandan goal shooter Proscovia who has had an incredible start to her first season in Australia was again the key target under the post and she shot accurately (96%) in the first half.
The game went goal-for-goal throughout the second quarter with both teams showing they are real title contenders. The Swifts, though, went into the lead with five minutes to go following six consecutive goals from goal attack Helen Housby and at the defensive end, Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner and Kate Eddy continued to apply relentless pressure to Lightning attack.
At the halftime break, the Swifts had evened the bonus point count having won the second quarter and taking a one-goal lead.
While the Lightning remained unchanged at the beginning of the third the Swifts mixed up their defence end, and team extending their lead out to nine.
With Swifts seemingly in control, Lightning made changes in their attack end, replacing Proscovia with Cara Koenen at goal shooter position. The Sunshine Coast cut the margin to three, 45-42 at three-quarter time.
The fourth quarter was hard-fought and physical as the Lightning continued to fight back and brought the scores to level with five minutes to go and after a time-out, they hit the lead and did not relinquish it.