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Magic clinical in downing Tactix

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017

Ariana Cable-Dixon of the Magic secures the ball. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Ariana Cable-Dixon of the Magic secures the ball. The Magic have kept in touch with the frontrunners of the national netball premiership with a clinical 61-46 win over the Tactix in Christchurch.

Although they now top the standings, it was only their fourth win from six matches and they have the added advantage of having played an extra game.

The Magic dominated the midcourt, with a slick feed through to the shooting circle from young centre Ariana Cable-Dixon and experienced wing attack Grace Rasmussen.

South African goal shoot Lenize Potgieter and young goal attack Monica Falkner kept the score ticking over relentlessly, the Magic building their lead steadily across all four quarters.

Ahead 16-7 after 15 minutes, they led 31-18 at halftime and 50-30 at the three-quarter mark with Potgieter shooting 38 from 41 and Falkner 17 from 18.

The Tactix lifted from their 90-41 thumping by the Steel on Wednesday, but lacked fluency through the midcourt and confidence in finding their shooters.

Brooke Leaver, daughter of former Silver Fern Leonie, worked hard for solid figures of 37 from 44 but had to shoulder too much of the shooting duties.

Both Anna Thompson and English international Kadeen Corbin struggled at goal attack, Thompson sinking six from 14 and Corbin three from six.

Much of the credit for that goes to an intimidating circle defence led by former New Zealand captain Casey Kopua and another promising youngster in Kelly Jury.

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