Bassett marks 1,000-goal milestone

Coinciding with a hard-fought win against Collingwood Magpies, Sunshine Coast Lightning player Caitlin Bassett has today become only the second athlete in history to shoot more than 1,000 goals as part of the Suncorp Super Netball league.

Bassett scored a total of 43 goals in the Round 11 clash, bringing her league tally to 1,018.

Bassett said the milestone was an achievement for the entire Lightning team, with her fellow attackers playing a significant role in racking up the numbers.

“Steph Wood does an incredible job as our primary feeding shooter and it wouldn’t have been possible to mark 1,000 goals without her many goal assists,” she said.

“Kelsey Browne and Laura Scherian are also instrumental in moving the ball into the goal circle, so it really is a team effort.

“Tally aside, it’s important to me that I continue to improve and maintain my shooting accuracy as we move closer to finals.”

Obtaining an impressive 94 per cent shooting rate in 2017, Bassett established herself as the Suncorp Super Netball competition’s most accurate shooter last season. She wowed crowds with a 100 per cent shooting rate in today’s game against Magpies.

Lightning player Laura Scherian commended Bassett on the achievement and said her performance against Magpies Goal Keeper Sharni Layton had been admirable.

“CBass (Bassett) is such a team player. She always puts up so many shots for us and we’re really proud of her to have reached the 1,000-goal milestone,” Scherian said.

“She held her ground against Layton in what was a really physical game.

“We’re getting that physicality week in, week out and we look forward to that battle out there.”

Scherian said adding Wing Defence Jacqui Russell to the court in the later stages of the Round 11 game had proved beneficial.

“I think we just needed a bit more intensity out there and some fresh legs to run it in attack and defence,” she said.

“We wanted to bring the ball down to the attack end a bit more, and Jacqui really did that.”

Scherian said the team was particularly happy with the first two quarters they put forward against Magpies.

“With all our games we really need to be building on our lead throughout.

“We did that in the second quarter today but didn’t do it in the third and fourth so that’s something we’ll definitely be working on against Thunderbirds next week.

“I’ve also been working on my defensive pressure, especially one-on-one in that second phase off the centre pass, so I was happy to get a couple of tips out there today.”

Lightning won the match 58-56, claiming four points for the victory as well as an additional two bonus points.

The team will take on Adelaide Thunderbirds next Sunday, 22 July at Priceline Stadium. The Round 12 match will be broadcast live on the Nine Network in Adelaide, as well as on Telstra TV and the Netball Live app.

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