SALE stayed with Moe for most of the match, but not could clinch in the final quarter, losing 48-39 during round 15 of Gippsland League netball.
After a round six blow-out loss to the Lions, the Magpies showed promise going goal for goal at times with their Valley opponents.
Sale put up a strong defensive play, with Steph Dyer, Caitlin Morgan and Simone Turner getting a hand to most balls and proving impenetrable at times, but it wasn't enough.
Sale will be looking to recoup on Saturday against fifth-placed Leongatha.
TRARALGON, with its sights clearly on bolstering percentage before the finals race, convincingly conquered Maffra on their home courts in a 70-28 win.
The Eagles played a strong defensive game, hoping to stem the relentless goal flow of the first-placed Maroons.
Finally meeting someone taller than her in Traralgon goal shooter Taylin Gorley, Maffra's keeper Sarah Luke had her work cut out for her, and was unable to get a full hand to the signature lobs the Maroons are famous for.
Hardy assistance from capable goal defender Emily Jolly, who fought out a tough four quarters against a tenacious Traralgon offence, and quick hands and feet by midcourt's Abbey Gray, wasn't enough to keep up with the strengthened Maroons side, as the Eagles slowly ran out of power as the final whistle shadowed.
Next week, the Eagles may have more luck away against a fifth-placed Moe side, as prized defender Julia Hibma returns to pick Maffra's A graders back up on their feet.
IN other games, Bairnsdale was defeated at home by Morwell 73-24, Drouin only just managed to sneak a win over Leongatha, 55-51, and Warragul only just lost out to Wonthaggi 41-39.