Katie Bussey led the Lions with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Anete Horelika had another double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Molly McDowell had 15 points, 6 assists and 2 blocks.
Coach Laki Lakner was glad about making the finals. “Lekdetec didn’t make it easy for us. They fight with everything they have so you have to give them a lot of credit. Our one goal today was to play better defense than in game three. If we did that, then we were most likely going to win.”
Lekdetec started the game 0-4, but ProBuild quickly took the initiative. Nadine Boesaart made it 9-4 on a three pointer. Three pointers from Gabrielle van de Bosch and Lisanne de Jonge kept the home team close. The first quarter ended 20-16.
The Lions had a difficult time defending Karin Kuijt and it seemed she scored whenever she wanted. With 8 minutes to go in the second quarter Kuijt tied the score at 22-22. The Lions took the lead again on a score by Sanne van Dongen, but Jill Bettonvil scored to even the score again and 31-31.
Bussey hit a three pointer that sparked a ProBuild run before halftime. Ayla Simdorn scored two time in a row, McDowell scored and Bussey hit a long two pointer at the buzzer to give ProBuild a 42-33 lead at the break. The Lions kept this lead intact for most of the second half.
The third quarter began with a 9-2 Lions run and they took a 14 point lead, 35-49. Kuijt scored for the home team but McDowell had the final scores of the quarter from the free throw line to give the Lions a 61-48 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Lekdetec cut the Lions lead to 7 points on another drive from Kuijt with three and a half minutes to play. McDowell stopped the run and put the Lions out of danger and eventually they secured their spot in the finals with a 58-67 victory.
The finals start Saturday April 20th in Landsmeer against Rotterdam. The best of 7 series starts with two home games for the Lions.