Kaylia Stanton has produced her best game for the last-placed Melbourne Vixens in a 55-52 upset win over Super Netball pace setters Sunshine Coast Lightning.
- Stanton slotted 16 goals and two super shots for the Vixens
- The home side had trailed by eight goals during the final quarter
- The Vixens were playing after failing to travel to Perth last round to play the Fever
Under scrutiny after failing to travel to Perth last weekend for their round-nine fixture, the Vixens astonishingly clawed back from an eight-goal deficit in the fourth quarter for a confidence-boosting win over the ladder leaders at Melbourne’s John Cain Arena.
At the heart of the Vixens’ win was Stanton, the goal attack who had previously been battling for a starting spot but showed enormous courage throughout the game against the Lightning’s international defenders.
Stanton shot 16 goals and two super shots for the reigning champions.
“She’s worked pretty hard the last three weeks and been doing extras with the shooting group,” Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said of Stanton.
“We’ve been talking about being fearless and backing ourselves and she really took that on.”
The narrative was set to hang on a masterful performance from the Lightning’s Steph Wood before the Vixens’ fightback.
Wood started at goal attack and featured in three positions on her way to 15 goals and 27 feeds.
Lightning captain Karla Pretorius produced some magical moments as well but the visitors froze in the fourth quarter when they should have played with more authority.
The Lightning will hold on to top spot for now but they will likely rue letting this game slip from their grasp.
It was the Vixens’ first game in three weeks and they re-emerged as polar opposites to the side that has dragged their feet for much of their championship defence.