MIDCOURTER. Lightning's Laura Scherian in action during a win over the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
MIDCOURTER. Lightning's Laura Scherian in action during a win over the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Patrick Woods

Lightning urged to lift their game as finals close in

NETBALL: The Sunshine Coast thrashed New South Wales in the penultimate round of the Super Netball season on Saturday but coach Noeline Taurua says her side's attack must improve for finals.

The Lightning seemed to cruise to a 63-49 victory at Sippy Downs, claiming second place on the eight-team ladder.

Geva Mentor and Karla Mostert showed their defensive starch while Caitlin Bassett kept her shooting form going by netting 49 goals from 52 attempts.

But Taurua was far from delighted.

"No disrespect to the Swifts at all but I feel our score could have been in the mid-to-high 70s. There were a lot of unforced errors," she said.

"We had a lot of possession but at times we were either a bit frivolous or our basics let us down and we weren't able to convert.

"I thought defensively we were outstanding...and created a lot of turnover but when it did turn over (the ratio) to goals wasn't as high as it could have been and should have been."

She warned the side would get no leeway against the finals rivals Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney.

"We're not going to get (as) much (turnover) ball defensively and that showed when we played Vixens a month ago (an 70-59 loss)," she said.

"It's about using the ball we have and being able to execute and deliver...there's so much room to improve in that respect."

In a hint of frustration, she said: "It's something we've been trying to work on for a couple of weeks now and we're probably not making the progress I would like."

The pointy end of the season is almost upon the side too, with a crucial clash against the third-placed Giants looming. The victor of that match in Sydney will secure second place and earn a double chance in play-offs. The loser will be locked into third place and will be forced into an elimination semi-final.

Stephanie Wood did not play in the second half, with illness, but Taurua said the Australian goal attack was feeling "way better" yesterday morning.


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