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Sterling shines as Girls sweep T&T

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's goal shooter Shantal Slater (centre) is on target during yesterday's game two of the Lasco Sunshine Series against Trinidad and Tobago at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC). Jamaica won 51-40.

Shamera Sterling produced an impressive defensive display to lead Jamaica's Sunshine Girls to a 51-40 victory in game two of their Lasco Sunshine Netball Series at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) last night.

The Sunshine Girls, who rested captain Jhaniele Fowler and Kadie-Ann Dehaney for the contest, swept the two-match series.

Sterling made up for her below par showing in game one on Sunday, where she was substituted midway the second period, to turn in a dominant performance which had many fans on their feet inside the NISC.

The defender was most impressive in the third quarter where she recorded eight interceptions to lead the Sunshine Girls to a 42-33 lead at the end of the period. This after both teams went into the half time break locked at 28-28. The Sunshine Girls had earlier 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Sterling was delighted with her performance and she is now looking forward to the three-Test series against arch-rivals England. The series begins tomorrow at the same venue.

"It was a very good first and second quarter for me. I stepped it up in the third quarter and I finished off strongly and I am happy for that," said Sterling.

"I think that I can do much better but I am glad that I finished off strong and I am now looking forward to the England series," she said. Goal attack Shanice Beckford led the way for the Sunshine Girls with 29 goals from 36 attempts.

She received support from Shantal Slater with 13 goals from 16 tries and Thristina Harwood who shot nine goals from 14 attempts.

Samantha Wallace led the way for Trinidad and Tobago with 28 goals from 33 attempts.

The Sunshine Girls who are ranked fourth in the world, six places above Trinidad and Tobago, won the opening game 61-40 on Sunday.