Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls secured their sixth victory from as many games at the Americas Netball World Cup Qualifiers by outclassing St Lucia 85-30 on day five at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday night.
The Jamaicans had quarterly scores of 25-6, 43-14, and 68-20 before adding 17 goals in the final quarter for the 55-goal margin of victory.
Goal shooter Gizelle Allison was the top shooter for Jamaica with 56 goals from 66 attempts, while Kelsey Jonas supported with 22 from 27 and Amanda Pinkney had seven from 10.
Shem Maxwell had 22 goals from 26 attempts for the 22nd-ranked St Lucia which have lost all six games contested so far.
Jamaica, which is ranked third in the world, will next meet Barbados in the penultimate round on Friday at 8:15 pm.
The regional qualifying tournament is being used to determine the last two qualifiers for the World Cup.
Jamaica has already qualified based on rankings, so the next two highest-placed countries will be the ones to join them among the 16 teams competing in Cape Town.
Tournament leaders Trinidad and Tobago, which on Wednesday secured one of the two spots for the World Cup, defeated Barbados 50- 40 in the top-of-the-table clash.
With two sets of games remaining, Trinidad and Tobago are leading the table with a maximum of 14 points from seven games, two ahead of Jamaica with 12 from six games.
The top two are followed by Barbados (10), Grenada (6), St Vincent and the Grenadines (6), the USA (6), and the Cayman Islands (2).
Thursday’s resultsJamaica 85, St Lucia 30St Vincent and the Grenadines 66, Antigua 30Trinidad and Tobago 50, Barbados 40USA 55, the Cayman Islands 35
Friday’s games6:15 pm – Antigua vs St Lucia6:25 pm – USA vs Grenada8:15 pm – Jamaica vs Barbados8:25 pm St Vincent and the Grenadines vs the Cayman Islands