Surrey Storm fall away in the final quarter 39-52 to Strathclyde Sirens as they displayed a positive performance
After a tough double header loss last weekend against Celtic Dragons and Severn Stars Mikki Austins Storm face another back-to-back weekend at the Copper Box.
In the last encounter with Sirens the Storm fell short and suffered a 2nd half injury as Niamh Cooper was forced off the court. This led Sirens to cruise there way to a 45-33 victory.
It was clear from the start that both teams were ready to put some points next to their names on the VNSL league table.
Storm demonstrated high energy as Alima Priest and Leah Middleton caused trouble for the Sirens to locate their goal shooter.
Karyn Bailey had the hot hand in the 1st quarter in attack, finishing feeds from Yasmin Parson and Mikki Austin to round off the the 1st 12 – 12.
The 2nd quarter was a spectacle with neither team letting up. Hustle plays from Emma Magee showing the storms willingness to not fold over as the quarter traded point for point ending 24-24 at the halfway mark.
Nicole Humphrys entered the game in the 3rd for some energy off the bench but a few errors from the Storm saw the Sirens push to a 6 point lead.
Though Storm was very much in the game the court production was unable to match the first half. Losses of possession and execution from the Sirens edged their lead, scoring double the points of Storm in the closing quarter.
The final score 52-39 in favour of Strathclyde Sirens.
Storm will build on the positives from this performance as a quick turnaround sees them play again tomorrow evening against a tough Loughborough Lightening squad.