Piggott on losing end again

Nikita Piggott (left) scored 24 goals for Lightning. (FP).
Nikita Piggott (left) scored 24 goals for Lightning. (FP).

LECEISTERSHIRE – Barbados’ Nikita Piggott had a 77 per cent shooting night yesterday, netting 24 goals from 31 attempts but her Loughborough Lightning were beaten by Surrey Storm 53-40 in their first home game of the 2013 Netball Super League season.

It was Lightning’s second loss in as many games.

With Sky Sports Camera’s in the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, the pressure was on for both teams to create an entertaining spectacle for the capacity crowd.

Surrey Storm took the first centre pass of the game and managed to convert to take the lead. With both sides looking for a win, the game began at a quick pace.

Lightning made some good interceptions earlier in the game to create end to end action, and with the partnership of Lauren Massey and Jodie Gibson in the defensive circle, Storm had to work hard to create opportunities.

Loughborough began to find their rhythm only to be stopped by the quarter time whistle, Storm led 7-13.

The second quarter saw Loughborough work hard to break down the Storm defence as Piggott and Jamaican Vanessa Walker began to find their shooting form. Captain Sophia Candappa and Hannah Joseph provided great support to work the ball in to the shooters.

Loughborough came out fighting in the second half, and made some impressive turnovers to narrow the score. Injury time broke the flow of the game as Lightning brought the score back to 32-35 from the 18-25 half-time score, at the end of a tense third quarter.With an injury time out being called, 17 year old Beth Payne replaced Vanessa Walker to add some height in the circle and Rachel Mulloy came on for Lauren Massey at goal defence. Piggott still provided Lightning with their main offensive options but Storm managed to pull away in the final quarter to take the match.Piggott will be back in action with the Lightning in an away game against Northern Thunder on February 23 and at home on March 16 and 23 against the Celtic Dragons and Yorkshire Jets.

Shooting stats Loughborough Lightning: Nikita Piggott 24/31, Vanessa Walker 15/23, Beth Payne 1/2 Surrey Storm: Rachel Dunn39/47, Ash Neal 12/13, Amanda Davis 2/4††

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