Benalla All Blacks’ A-grade side remains winless in the Ovens and King Netball League after their 12th straight loss on Saturday.
The 44-27 loss away to Bonnie Doon sees the Panthers remain rock bottom of the league after round 12 of the 18-round competition.
Bonnie Doon meanwhile, has extended its winning streak to five, and now sits in fifth place on the ladder.
Panthers head coach Donna Willcock said the loss came after a slow start to the game due to wet conditions.
‘‘The girls soon found their rhythm and played good consistent netball. Our defenders, Grace (Way), Bernie (O’Brien), Emma (Sangster) and Nikki (Armstrong) had to work hard all game to put pressure on the Bonnie Doon shooters.
‘‘Their tall attack meant our girls had to try and shut down their feeders and prevent the shooters from receiving the ball and then converting,’’ she said.
The Panthers’ main threat to Bonnie Doon’s victory was again goal shooter Alara Jones, who put away 16 of the side’s 27 goals.
Jones was assisted by Elyse Falstead (six) and Nikki Armstrong (five), who pitched in with goals of their own.
Willcock also praised the contributions of centre Kirsty Eastwood throughout the match.
‘‘Kirsty was once again strong in centre, her drive down the court was a crucial part of our game today and she was excellent in defence, causing numerous turnovers,’’ she said.
The final margin was 17 goals which was the same deficit as when the side played Bonnie Doon in round two.
Best on court for the A-grade side were centre Kirsty Eastwood, wing attack Emma Sangster, and goal shooter Alara Jones.
This weekend sees the Panthers travel to 11th-placed North Wangaratta in what could be the side’s last chance at a win this season.
It was a slow start for the Panthers in the wet on Saturday. Bonnie Doon came out strong and put a lot of pressure on the Panthers all down the court.
In the third quarter the Panthers lifted their intensity and chased up any loose balls.
C-grade now look forward to next week’s match against North Wangaratta.
Final score was a 15-51 loss.
Best on court for C-grade were Jessica Blaine, Ella Howell, and Zoe Barber.