Rushworth made Nagambie work for the four points on Saturday.
Without the services of Rachael Mundy, the Lakers looked thin in defence but were able to regroup and hit the accelerator in the second half.
Having recruited well in the off-season, a new-look Rushworth began the game well.
The Lakers took a nail-biting three-goal lead into half-time but were able to regroup and resettle after the break.
Sharni Lloyd was impressive for the Lakers against her old side.
Lloyd won a premiership with Rushworth in 2013 but on Saturday shot accurately in front of goal and created several turnovers for Nagambie.
Rylee Alderton stepped up from B-grade and impressed Nagambie coach Abby Misiti in the second half.
The Lakers locked the game down and only allowed Rushworth to score 10 goals in the second half.
The girls took control of the game, scoring 12 and 15 goals in the third and fourth quarters.
‘‘It’s been good that the girls have been able to hold their own and then put their foot down in the second and come away with the win,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘Teams really are pushing us this year but I’m proud of our girls for being able to regroup and play good netball.
‘‘It’s my third year in the KD and previously you could have pencilled in a few of those bottom sides but a lot of those sides have gone out and recruited.
‘‘That middle tier of sides have really improved which is good, because previously you would get through a season without anyone really pushing you until you get to play those top four sides and you’d get to the finals quite unprepared.’’
After eight rounds Nagambie has registered just one loss — to rival Avenel — but in the past two weeks the side has been challenged.
Next week the Lakers take on 12th-placed Girgarre.
Score: Nagambie 44 d Rushworth 24.
Awards: Sharni Lloyd and Elizabeth Fuhrmeister.
The Lakers put on another great team effort against Rushworth.
Strong defensive pressure from Lucy and Kelly saw them create plenty of turnovers.
Accurate shooting from Hannah and Rylee saw the girls rack up the goals and head home with another strong win.
Score: Nagambie 64 d Rushworth 27.
Awards: Sarah Shiels, Lucy Zotti.
Nagambie got off to a hot start against Rushworth, with a high-scoring first half.
Rushworth was goalless at half-time thanks to some great defensive pressure throughout the court.
The Lakers played to their strengths and locked the game down.
Rushworth remained positive, even after a player had to retire injured.
It came out firing in the second half and managed to break through the Nagambie defence.
Nagambie would like to wish Storm from Rushworth a speedy recovery.
Score: Nagambie 81 d Rushworth 3
Awards: Rebecca Comi, Sarah Winter-Irving.
It was a slow start but the girls came together and worked as a team to hold a strong lead.
Everyone stayed positive with Tasman’s accurate goaling and Alicia’s superb turnovers giving the girls incentive to work together as a team.
Score: Nagambie 63 d Rushworth 22.
Awards: Alicia and Tasman.
The girls came out firing with a 12-to-five-goal first quarter against Rushworth.
The goalers were accurate and defenders read the play beautifully.
The girls have been working on pressing forward and creating space and this is starting to show on the court.
Score: Nagambie 54 d Rushworth 26.
Awards: Bree and Mikayla.