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History wasn't able to repeat itself with the Sunshine Coast Lightning going down to the bottom of the ladder Vixens at John Cain Arena.

This time last week the Sunshine Coast Lightning riding sky-high after the extra-time win over the Magpies. Although today history didn’t repeat itself after going down to the Vixens by three points (52-55) at John Cain Arena.

Coach Kylee Byrne said that the Lightning can’t keep putting themselves in the position where they let teams back in to the contest.

“We just had a really big chat about accountability in there,” Byrne said post match.

“We’re a team that in the past, particularly this year has got away with and worked really hard on those close finishes, and that was one that didn’t come our way today, but my biggest point was that we can’t put ourselves in those situations constantly.

“When you’ve got a lead of eight or ten goals, we’ve got to be better than that to push out a lead, and at the moment, we’re not doing that, and we’re letting teams stay too close to us, so we had a really big discussion about that.

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Historically the Lightning are very cool calm and collected but when it came to the back end of the match the Lightning weren’t as calm which is very uncharacteristic from the side.

“We just pulled that word [calm] apart in the changeroom. It’s alright to say we want to be calm, but calm doesn’t mean stopping moving, or just hoping that calls come our way, or we just keep passing the ball around.

“We identified that in those situations in the past, that has been what we’ve been perceived, and what it’s feeling like, but we still have to be doing enough work to score goals, and in the last, we only scored seven goals.

That’s not a sense of calm, we just got so away from what had got us a lead.”

In terms of positives Lightning recruit, Mahalia Cassidy played an important role in wing defence in the first half, denying the Vixens of some feeds into the circle.

“I was really happy with Mahalia Cassidy, and particularly in the first half, she did a really great job of denying some feeds and some assists from Hannah Mundy, she’s a bit of an unsung hero.

“That’s why we’ve got her in WD at the moment, her defensive pressure can take people out of games.

“I was really happy with her. You wont see the starry stuff so much, but its what she does off the ball that’s pretty good.”

The Sunshine Coast Lightning will regroup and take on the undefeated West Coast Fever next week.

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