Sunshine Coast Lightning edged New South Wales Swifts, 50-48, at the USC Stadium as Suncorp Super Netball returned on Saturday.
The Lightning found their groove late in the fourth quarter to keep their premiership hopes alive as they moved to within three points of the Swifts at the top of the table.
With three (Helen Housby, captain Maddy Proud and defender Kate Eddy) of Swifts preferred starting seven out of the game due to injury, the Lighting took full advantage to erase a five-goal deficit in the last period.
The Lighting ran out to a quick 10-5 lead before closing the opening quarter 13-10 but at halftime, it was all tied at 25.
Swifts controlled the third quarter as well with Sam Wallace (36/37) netting 11 from 11 to help the visitors open up a 39-35 lead, and the Lightning coach Noeline Taurua chose to bench Steph Wood (13/20).
Ugandan She Cranes shooter and captain Peace Proscovia who went a perfect 11 from 11 was introduced and sent under the post with Cara Koenen (26/30) moved out to goal attack.
Swifts’ lead in the last quarter hovered between 4 and 5 goals before South African defender Karla Pretorius forced turnovers that swang the game into Lightning’s favour.