West Coast Fever have broken their own record for the highest Super Netball score in their 86-77 victory over the Giants at the Perth Arena.
- West Coast Fever striker Jhaniele Fowler scored 68 points
- The Fever consolidated second in the Super Netball scale
- The Fever’s advantage lengthened to 18 points in the last quarter
The previous point record of 82, held jointly by the Fever and the Giants, fell by the wayside in Sunday’s second-versus-third shootout, thanks largely to the world’s best shooter, Jhaniele Fowler.
The Giants’ defense had no answers for the towering Jamaican who contributed 68 of Fever’s points, shooting 99 percent.
Their efforts helped the Fever recover from the disappointment of Tuesday’s home loss to the Melbourne Vixens and cement a top-two spot while giving coach Dan Ryan a birthday to remember.
“It was tough where we knew we had to go out there and execute the game plan well,” Fowler said.
“We did it for most of the game.
Fowler put the Fever’s nose in front 23-21 at the end of an exciting and fluid opening period, with Giants captain Jo Harten making life difficult for West Coast captain Courtney Bruce at the other end. .
The hosts tightened their defense and extended their lead in the second half, while Fowler continued to keep the scoring going.
The pattern of the game was set: Fowler unstoppable for the first 10 minutes of each period and then Harten (nine super shots) doing his best to limit damage in the last five in response.
Down 46-37 at halftime, turnovers increased in the third period for the Giants who fell behind by 13 in the final change.
With the verdict seemingly out of the question, the main point of interest in the fourth stanza centered on when the Fever would break the scoring record, and by how much.
His lead increased to 18 when Fowler equaled the 82-goal milestone with 5:42 remaining, but a rare goalless drought of more than three minutes meant there was a long wait for number 83, appropriately scored by Fowler.
A flurry of super shots from Harten added some respectability to the scoreboard for the Giants, before Fowler finished things off with a rare last-second double.
Adelaide Thunderbirds beat the flu and Collingwood
In the late game, a severely depleted Adelaide Thunderbirds team moved into third place after posting a gutsy 58-53 victory over the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne’s State Netball Centre.
The Thunderbirds’ win was all the more remarkable considering they entered Sunday’s game in sixth place and without three of their usual starters due to influenza.
Captain Hannah Petty and sharpshooter Lenize Potgieter were ruled out on Saturday, while vice-captain Maisie Nankivell was withdrawn hours before the game.
Despite the tumultuous backdrop, Adelaide, who outlasted the Queensland Firebirds, NSW Swifts and the Giants, bounced back thanks to a courageous all-field performance.
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