Waimea College 10A wore down a stubborn Stoke team 36-27 in their senior 3 netball game at Saxton Stadium on Saturday.
Waimea College 10A eventually got the upper hand after Stoke played the whole first quarter without a wing defence.
Waimea made the most of their speed through court to open an 11-7 quarter-time advantage.
Despite being restored to seven players for the start of the second quarter, Stoke struggled to keep up.
An 8-3 Waimea College run had the schoolgirls in control before they switched off in the final minutes of the half to concede three unanswered goals.
Waimea captain Chanelle Hibberd was fast at the centre pass and was often the go-to-person for quick distribution.
Stoke continued their resurgence closing to within three goals early in the third quarter.
Stoke’s diminutive centre Nell Glover worked hard at both ends of the court while Stoke’s the shooting accuracy and its defensive pressure also increased.
Stoke did well to slow the Waimea attack which was rampant in the opening quarter.
Waimea eventually got their act together and earned a 26-20 advantage to take into the final quarter.