Sunshine Coast Lightning v Queensland Firebirds

The Lightning have dominated the Queensland derby, trouncing the Firebirds to keep them winless in 2019 with a 71-56 win

Ugandan recruit Peace Proscovia announced herself the newest shooting star with 53 goals for the match.

Proscovia played her first full game of the season and at times looked like threatening Jhaniele Fowler’s single-game scoring record, pouring in 17 goals as the Lightning led 21-15 at quarter-time.

Firebirds were hit with a late injury withdrawal when captain and wing defence Gabi Simpson was ruled out just before the game.

However, it was their second quarter where the unravelled with wayward passing costing them dearly and the Lightning running riot as they piled on seven goals in a row to extend their lead. 

In a desperate bid to quell Proscovia’s influence, Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke threw superstar goal shooter Romelda Aiken into goal keeper to start the third quarter.

The Jamaican legend looked right at home at the opposite end of the court, coming up with four gains and another two deflections while curbing Proscovia’s aerial dominance and troubling Lightning goal attack Steph Wood’s shot.

The Firebirds won the quarter 17-15 to give themselves a sniff, and threw everything at the Lightning early in the final quarter but they couldn’t capitalise, with errors again hurting them.