The Lions began the 2nd round of the competition on Saturday night with a 77-67 win over CTO Amsterdam. ProBuild ended the first round in first place with a 4-1 record. The Lions gained a lead over CTO in the 2nd quarter and held on to that lead for the remainder of the game.
Katie Bussey had 22 points connecting on five 3-pointers, Molly McDowell had 21 points and 6 assists and Kim Hartman had 11 points.
For CTO, Maxime Essenstam had a productive night with 23 points and the only other CTO player in double figures was Isabella Slim with 10.
The first quarter was a back and forth battle that ended in a 24-22 lead for the Lions. In the second quarter it was much of the same as both teams were productive on the offensive ends. Katie Bussey hit a three at the end of the second quarter to give the home team a 7 point lead going into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter the Lions were able to create some distance between themselves and CTO, but like many game, they gave the lead away. Maxime Essenstram scored for CTO to cut the Lion lead to just 3 points. Mirthe Meskers was able to double the lead with a three pointer before the quarter ended to give the Lions a 6 point lead to start the last period.
There were many times in the final quarter that CTO drew close to the Lions but thanks to Bussey and McDowell the Lions were able to keep their lead. Essenstam scored with 1 minute to play in the game to cut the lead to four. However, CTO was forced to foul and McDowell connected on 6 free throws in the last minute to extend the lead to 10 for the victory.
Coach Lakner was again not satisfied after the game. “We rely too much on Molly and Katie. Most of the other players did not perform to my expectations.”
Sanne van Dongen and Tessa de Bie are still injured. Van Dongen hopes to play Thursday when the Lions face DAS in the Dutch Cup in Delft at 8.00 PM CET.