Storm couldn’t bounce back from yesterday’s defeat to Severn Stars as we were beaten 37-56 against Loughborough Lightning in Wakefield.
Mikki Austin’s side lost their second game of the weekend, while Lightning continued their unbeaten start to the 2021 VNSL season.
Loughborough started the game strongly as Ella Clark and Mary Cholhok continued their impressive partnership in the Lightning attack.
Karyn Bailey and Frankie Wells were aiming to keep up with the prolific Lightning attack, but Storm found themselves trailing 8-5 after six minutes of action.
An outstanding interception from Nicole Humphrys helped to shift the momentum in Surrey’s favour.
But Lightning asserted their quality to extend their lead to seven goals heading into the first quarter interval.
Sophie Kelly replaced Frankie Wells heading into the second quarter as Mikki Austin looked to add some speed to the Storm attack.
Standing at 6’7, Mary Cholhok continued to score at will for Lightning as she continues to lead the VNSL in scoring.
Lightning took full control of the contest in the second quarter as they went on a 10-1 run to extend the gap to 16 goals.
Storm did rally back in the lead up to half-time, but Lightning led 32-20 at the interval.
Frankie Wells re-entered the action at Goal Attack while Ellie Kelk swapped in for Karyn Bailey at Goal Shooter.
Cholhok continued her impressive display in attack for Lightning, as Middleton and Kwangwa couldn’t contain her.
Loughborough’s top performance on both ends of the court stretched their lead to 16 goals, as they led 44-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
Storm continued to battle hard in the fourth quarter with the game all but over.
Loughborough Lightning continued their unbeaten start to the 2021 VNSL season with a 37-56 win, while Storm slip to 2-5 after seven games.