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Vixens pip Fever by a goal in netball

NZN 21/05/2016 Tristan Lavalette

A courageous second-half comeback fuelled Melbourne Vixens' 54-53 victory over the West Coast Fever in trans-Tasman netball action on Saturday at Perth Arena.

The visitors trailed for most of the first-half and were down by five goals at the break but clutch execution and ferocious defence saw the Vixens claw back into the contest and eventually prevail in thrilling fashion.

The Vixens' fourth win of the season moved them past the stagnant Fever, who have lost consecutive games at home.

Importantly, the Vixens have played one less game than the Fever, who have a bye next weekend.

Star Vixens goal shooter Karyn Bailey was superb, connecting on 35 from 39 shots and she was ably assisted by Alice Teague-Neeld who was 19 from 26.

The Fever would have been disappointed with the loss after dominating most of the first half. Goal shooter Caitlin Bassett was her team's best connecting 37 from 42 shots.

She scored her last goal with less than 10 seconds left but time ran out for the Fever.

The outcome was a bitter blow for Fever, who started with energy and moved the ball around crisply, while an aggressive defence created uncharacteristic turnovers from the Vixens.

Bassett put her height advantage to good use, dominating her match-up with Vixens vice-captain Geva Mentor.

Joanna Weston tried valiantly to support Mentor, but Bassett, who stands 5cm taller than the pair, proved too hard to curtail.

But the Fever squandered their half-time advantage with some sloppy turnovers helping the Vixens get right back into the contest.

The Vixens return home to face Adelaide Thunderbirds on May 28.

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