WBBL play-offs: London Lions beat Sevenoaks Suns to land clean sweep of titles
The London Lions defeated the Seven Oaks Suns 70-45 in the WBBL final for all four titles this season.
Shanice Beckford -Norton had 15 points, Kennedy Leonard 13 and Holly Winterburn 12, while five Lions players scored in double digits.
Seven Oaks, led by 13 points by Janice Monakana’s, were able to score just 20 in the second half despite being on the line at the break.
The Lions, built to compete in Europe, have won all 34 domestic games this season – averaging 40 points.
The Suns, who have lost to Lions twice this season in single-digit runs, opened quickly and won the first quarter 12-7, but London had to move quickly and pick three Ford-Norton Bakers. Favorites bring some speed.
The Lions opened the second half 10-3 with a 12-point lead, but the Swans found a way back in the game, just 44-38 behind at the end of the third quarter.
However, they failed to score for about five minutes in the final quarter, only to see Leonard score a three to lift the Lions to a 20-point lead in the game and make it a reality for them an absolute win.
Leonard, who won the MVP even though he played in a protective mask, said he broke the mask after testing himself three days ago. Even in education.
“The mask is annoying to sweat – but it took Mark 12 hours to get it and another 12 hours to put it back on,” she said. “It shows you what he did for the team.”
Suns captain Cat Carr said: “London had a very, very good year. We had 40 tough minutes together. We ran 19 laps and that’s why we struggled.”