Valley Silver had the cavalry arrive as it produced a stirring effort in North Otago premier club netball on Saturday.
Silver still lost, 39-26, but that was no shame against high-flying St Kevin’s College.
St Kevin’s led just 7-5 after the first quarter, before pulling away to 19-12 (halftime) and 27-18 (three quarters) leads.
Molly Kay was in fine form at goal attack for the schoolgirls, while Laura Preston and Georgia Oakes combined well in midcourt to create turnover ball when it was most needed.
Former dominant Valley Gold shooter Kara Cox came on for Silver in the third quarter, lifting the attack end and applying some brakes to the St Kevin’s charge.
Izzy Hurst, home from university holidays, had a strong game at goal keep for Valley Silver, and former Waitaki Girls’ High School team-mate Hannah Johnston also returned to North Otago netball.
Maheno came from behind to beat Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike 26-20.
It was 7-7 after the first quarter, and the schoolgirls led 13-11 at the major break.
A highlight was the return of Southern Steel squad member Taneisha Fifita, who started at goal keep for Lightning Strike and made life predictably difficult for the Maheno shooters. Centre Jasmine Hunter also had a constructive game for the Waitaki Girls’ team.
Maheno stepped up in the third quarter, at the end of which it held a one-goal lead, and carried that momentum through to the final whistle.
Shooters Shannon Vince and Suzy Oakes responded well to the physical challenge of playing against Fifita, while the introduction of Holly Patterson to the midcourt after halftime was a turning point.
Valley Gold returned to its best form to thump Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire 50-24.
Valley Gold showed drastic improvement from its loss to St Kevin’s, applying pressure across the court and snaffling turnovers in all thirds. Petra Aspros also delivered a masterclass in timing and vision as she found her shooters with ease.
For Wildfire, Emma Perry stepped up to the top grade, and Holly Beazer contested every ball.
Athletic grabbed its second win, beating Kurow 29-22 thanks to the smothering defence of Blayze Rooney and Morgan Tangney.
Kurow centre Rebecca Stark played well, picking up some nice intercepts and tips.