An upset win for Jade Cross' 200th A Grade game wasn't to be when Stawell met with a rampant Horsham Demons unit at Central Park on Saturday.
The Demons were in fierce attacking form, shooting an equal season high score of 84 to take care of the Warriors. Stawell managed 35 goals.
The home side managed to stay with Horsham in patches, but were unable to prevent their free flowing and fast-paced style of play.
"The girls really took it up to them at times, but just not for long enough," Stawell co-coach Tracey Dark said.
The visitors moved forward with ease, with Emma Buwalda putting on a shooting masterclass with 59 goals.
Dark said she thought Rachel Wood did a good job on Buwalda despite her high numbers.
"Rachel did a great job on Emma. It is probably the toughest gig in the league," she said.
"She was front and centre often and was only an inch off getting the ball a lot of the time. She also caused plenty of turnovers."
Warriors co-coach Toni Stewart said Cross was also impressive in her milestone match.
"Crossy was really good once again. She attacked the circle which was good to see," she said.
"She is one of those players that adds so much to our team as well as others. Her voice on and off the court is invaluable and she leads by example."
Cross had the rare opportunity to play with her sister Madi Freeland for a half. She said while it was disappointing to lose it was a nice occasion to celebrate.
"It is good to get out there with the girls every week. Horsham is always tough and today was no different," she said after the match.
"(Madi and I) haven't played much together, only a few games. It was good to get out there with her and share the occasion together."
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