A PIVOTAL second quarter for Severn Stars helped produce a 51-46 win over Surrey Storm in their second match in as many days.

After a sluggish start at Coventry's Ricoh Arena when 15-12 behind, Stars found their momentum in a pivotal second period as they took a 25-23 half-time lead. 

Though Storm threatened to go back in front several times, Stars remained strong with a stellar defence and clinical attack.

Head coach Sam Bird, whose side lost to Team Bath in the Vitality Netball Superleague the previous day, said: “I’m delighted for the squad to take an impressive win against Storm.

"We have been hit in our camp with sickness and injuries ruling out a number of our squad.

"However, I knew that despite the loss against Bath the performance had been good and if we carried that forwards into the Storm game we would take the win.

"There were outstanding performances from Maryka (Holtzhausen), Jodi-Ann (Ward) and Sam (Cook) but also credit to the mid-courters who had never played in that combination before and battled so well against an experienced Storm.

"We now have four wins from five matches and want to push on for the last two.”

Stars visit Saracens Mavericks on Saturday (4pm).