Perth Lynx stun Melbourne Boomers with 60-point half in game one WNBL grand final win

Melbourne Boomers entered the WNBL grand final with home-court advantage and the best defence in the league, but both titles were left in tatters as Perth Lynx went 1-0 up in the best of three series.

The Lynx thrashed the Boomers 98-71, scoring 60 points in the first half behind the fearless offence of WNBA imports Jackie Young (17 of 21 points) and Marina Mabrey (16 of 20 points) along with captain Darcee Garbin (12 of 25 points).

The Boomers will be playing to keep the series alive in game two at the Bendat Basketball Centre in Perth on Wednesday night, while the Lynx will be playing for Western Australia’s first title since 1992.

Lauren Scherf of the Lynx dribbles the ball against Cayla George of the Boomers and Tess Madgen of the Boomers during game one of the WNBL finals series. Credit:Getty Images

The Lynx began this season a month late due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in WA and spent a 44-day stint in Ballarat, yet they built a top-two record with only the Boomers finishing ahead of them on the ladder.

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While all signs point to a Perth championship, the Boomers have won playoff games in WA in past seasons although this Perth side not only has their imports firing but centre Lauren Scherf was also integral, with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and three blocks on Saturday.

Tiffany Mitchell led the Boomers with 17 points and Ezi Magbegor had 14 points. The Lynx showed no sign of any distractions after their semi-final series with Canberra couldn’t continue after Perth won game one due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases for the Capitals.

“It’s been a crazy week, but I’m super proud of the girls. We have proved all season we can score, but it is our defence and that ability to lock in that got us over the line,” Garbin told Fox Sports.

“It’s goosebumps sort of stuff that potentially we can win it on our home court on Wednesday, but that will motivate them to come out even harder, so we need to do all the right things.”

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