Lightning beat Giants at new netball arena

Laura Langman of the Lightning. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Sunshine Coast Lightning have called on all their championship pedigree to defy Giants Netball 72-61 in their clash at USC Stadium.

Playing Super Netball for the first time at their newly renovated home court, the Lightning's international stars dazzled on Saturday night at the decisive moments.

Australian Diamond Steph Wood (21/24), New Zealand Silver Fern Laura Langman and South African Karla Pretorius broke free in the third quarter to haul the side to their fourth-consecutive win.

Caitlin Bassett scored her 7000th career goal in the third term but was otherwise subdued with 31 goals.

Another Test player, Uganda's Peace Proscovia, scored 43 goals from 48 shots.

Despite the high calibre of athletes on show - a combined nine internationals from five nations - the standard was below expectations for two legitimate finals contenders.

A high turnover rate meant neither side could assert dominance.

The Giants were the least wasteful of the two, with Jo Harten making the most of the trickle of ball wrestled off their opponents. Harten's 18 goals from 21 attempts highlighted a tight first half.

What little edge the Giants had was engulfed in the third quarter by the Lightning's disciplined midcourt.

Laura Langman and Madeline McAuliffe worried the Giants out of possession to spark a dramatic momentum shift.

Giants goaler Kiera Austin was injected in the last quarter and started well, but was unable to wrestle back control for the visitors.