LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston girls basketball team is back on the winning track after a dominant 43-22 victory over Belleville on Thursday evening.

“We were a little careless with the ball in the first half, but we were better in the second half and started to run our plays,” said Livingston head coach Buddy Wolfe. “Our defense is what saves us.”

The Lancers excelled in the first half despite their coach’s displeasure on the offensive end. Sarah Cullen netted the game’s first eight points when coupled with plays from Morgan Scherr and Lauren Belcuore aided the squad on an 18-4 first-quarter run.

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“Our defense was working,” said Cullen, who was the star of the game for Livingston. “We got a lot of turnovers and turned them into baskets.”

Cullen added solid defensive plays in addition to facilitating the offense. She finished with a game-high 12 points on the night.

“I got the first two shots in and I kind of felt good for the rest of the game,” said Cullen. “I was confident.”

Livingston continued to use its trademark defense for the remainder of the contest to put a stranglehold on the victory. The Lancers defense finished the first three quarters with an unofficial 16 turnovers forced and allowed a mere 10 points.

“[Defense] is what gives us a chance to stay in the game and win some games,” said Wolfe. “We usually play really nice defense.”

Livingston’s victory improves the squad to 6-2 on the season. The Lancers will test their ability to play on foreign courts with several upcoming away, starting with Barringer on Saturday.

“Now it’s time we have to go out on the road, so we’re going to be away for a while,” said Wolfe. “It’s going to be a challenge going into some tough environments.”