West Coast Fever's first win against the Queensland Firebirds in five years has been soured by a knee injury to Ingrid Colyer.
The Fever's 71-60 Super Netball victory at Brisbane's Nissan Arena lifted the finals chances of the fourth-placed West Australians who are now two wins clear of the Giants and Adelaide Thunderbirds.
It should have been a moment to savour but their hearts were with teammate Colyer who wailed in pain as she fell to the court with her team in charge in the third quarter.
After working her way into the battle, the midcourt spark's night ended abruptly after landing awkwardly in an aerial contest with Firebird Tippah Dwan.
"Once Ingrid came out we knew we had to play hard," Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler said.
"It was in the back of our minds that maybe something was wrong but we had to play four quarters just the same.
"We pray everything will be OK."
The Firebirds defenders have been brilliant this season but had few answers in their mission to halt Fever spearhead Fowler (63 goals at 97 per cent)
Firebird Romelda Aiken's fine season continued with a 45-goal haul.
Defensive pressure orchestrated by Courtney Bruce was the difference as the Fever took control in the first half.
The energy provided by Firebirds captain Gabi Simpson and Mahalia Cassidy meant little when their attack line failed to penetrate the green wall.
Queensland's defence was strong too but West Coast's midcourters were patient and busy enough to slowly unravel their hosts.
Colyer was a fine example. The Fever wing attack was closely shadowed by Simpson and wore a few bumps from the former Australian wing defence.
Yet still she persisted and kept presenting to remain an attacking option.
West Coast's lead grew to 14 goals during the third quarter, with Simpson often the Firebirds' best chance of piercing the defence.