After an early season loss to De Wit Grasshopper on their home court, the Lions traveled to Katwijk and beat the home team 59-69. The Lions led for almost the entire game on their way to the 10 point victory.
Anete Horelika and Molly McDowell led the scoring attack with 18 points apiece and Katie Bussey added 14. Horelika added 9 rebounds to her stat line as well as 4 three pointers and McDowell had 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
For the first time in quite awhile Laki Lakner was satisfied after the game. “We stuck to our game plan and played a disciplined game. Hopefully this was not an isolated incident and we can build off of this.”
Following 2 quick three pointers from Horelika the Lions took a 6-14 lead but by the end of the quarter Grasshoppers were able to pull themselves back in the game. ProBuild led 18-19 after one quarter.
In the second quarter the home team took their only lead of the game 25-24 on two free throws by Nathalie van den Adel. Scores by Molly McDowell and Belinda Bos gave the lead back to the Lions 25-28 and they would never give that lead back to the home team. At the break the Lions led 29-35.
The start of the second half was similar to the start of the game. Horelika scored 7 straight points to give her team a 33-42 lead. That 9 point lead was pretty much secured throughout the rest of the game.
In the third quarter Sanne van Dongen made her return to the national competition. The talented 19 year old had many injuries last season and in January she suffered a season ending ACL tear. After a 10 month absence from the court she entered the game and connected on her first shot. The quarter ended with a 10 point lead for the Lions 41-51.
In the final period things got a little sloppy as De Wit Grasshoppers put on a full court press. After settling into their press breaker, ProBuild was able to get some easy scores off of long passes from Molly McDowell.
The Lions secured the win at the free throw line in the last 2 minutes of the game and help on to their 10 point lead for a final score of 59-69.