The Canterbury Tactix had no answer to prolific Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in a lopsided trans-Tasman netball league match in Christchurch.
Towering Jamaican Fowler-Reid sunk 60 of 61 shots to dominate her team’s 77-61 win on Monday and leave the home side rooted to the bottom of the 10-team championship standings.
A third win from eight games lifts the Steel past the Mystics to eighth place, joining a clamour for the playoffs which sees the teams ranked from third to ninth separated by just two points.
The Tactix sit four points behind that group, with a fourth-round upset of Central Pulse still their only bright point in a difficult season.
They couldn’t stop Fowler-Reid delivering another shooting clinic, extending her tally to a league-leading 347 goals, which is 77 more than any other player.
Last year she was named the championship’s most valuable player, sinking 666 goals for the sixth-placed Steel.
Her shooting percentage is also superior to anyone this year at 94 per cent, climbing ahead of Northern Mystics’ Cathrine Latu (93.8 per cent).
The Steel lost the second and fourth quarters by two goals, but their 10-goal advantage in both the first and third quarters ensured they were never threatened.
Shannon Francois was outstanding at wing attack for the winners, routinely finding space for herself and delivering a steady stream of possession to Fowler-Reid.
Rachel Rasmussen was the pick of the Steel defence although she joined a number of team-mates in being rested during the second half as their lead stretched out.
Jodi Brown shot 16 from 19 for the Steel while the impressive Mwai Kumendra (49/52) and Anna Thompson (12/20) scored for the Tactix.