Despite missing the services of their two vastly experienced players, Complex Tigresses managed to beat Thunder Queens (formerly MTL Queens) narrowly 52-44 baskets in an exciting OGG Issa Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) encounter on Saturday played at Blantyre Youth Centre.
Tigress missed their lethal shooter Sindi Simutowe and versatile centre Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Instead, coach Peace Kalua partnered Ellen Chibokho and Lauren Ngwira upfront, who struggled to unlock since the Mary Waya coached side defence, which was well handled by Joana Kachilika and Esther Kayira.
Thunder nearly live up to their promise of beating Complex Tigresses for the first time in seven years as their shooting stars led by Sherratie Kaiche was too good for Grace Mhango and Cathy Yikwanga to contain.
They only trailed by two baskets in the first two quarters and three baskets in the third quarter that ended 12-14.
Thunder even led 31-28 at some point in the third quarter and it had been years since the Queens had a lead against their bigger opponents in any competition.
Tigresses coach Peace Chawinga Kalua congratulated Thunder Queens “on an excellent performance”, saying they were forced to change tactics late in the game to secure victory.
Thunder team manager Annie Kapatuka complained that umpires were biased.
In other matches, Thunder demolished Aquaid Sisters 107-4, while Diamonds had no mercy to Chilomoni Sisters with a victory of 83-10 baskets.
Tigresses also won against Gold Sisters with 99-26 baskets.
Meanwhile, Diamonds is basking on the top slot of the table with 58 points from 20 games with Tigresses coming second with 55 points from 19 games.
Prison Sisters are on third position with 51 points from 20 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :