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Sunshine Girls improve

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 9:00 AMHubert Lawrence

Jamaica put in an improved showing in the second game of a three-match netball series against hosts New Zealand. However, the Sunshine Girls were defeated 38-61 yesterday (Tuesday night Jamaica time) at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The Jamaicans reduced the deficit from the 38-point gap seen in the first game of the series.

The Sunshine Girls battled hard in the first quarter but lost ground after the scores were tied at 8-8. That segment finished 14-9 to the hosts. In game one, the score at the same stage was 18-9. In that game, the world number two-ranked Silver Ferns dominated throughout, but in game two, the third quarter was 13-13.

That brought the overall score to 42-29. The New Zealanders pulled away, with a 19-9 margin in the last quarter, to a final tally of 61-38.

Shantal Slater scored 23 of the Jamaican total from 29 attempts.

Turnovers by the Jamaican girls went down from 43 in the first match to 37.

The final match of the took place last night at the Energy Event Centre in Rotorua.