LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School girls basketball team is looking for a tune-up before the state playoff the Lancers fell, 35-27, to Morris Hills on Thursday night. 

“I give Morris Hills a lot of credit,” said Livingston head coach Buddy Wolfe.  “They play good defense, they’re strong inside and we had a tough time running any offense against them.”

The game’s key period was the second quarter when Morris Hills took control. Aided by eight Lancer turnovers, the Knights went on a 7-2 scoring run that ended the first half with Livingston scoring just seven points.

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“Seven points at halftime, you can’t win a game like that,” said Wolfe.

The Lancers finally got their offensive act together in the fourth quarter thanks to Captain Morgan Scherr, who scored all of her game-high 12 points in the second half. Her performance ultimately helped cut the Knights’ lead to seven with five minutes left.

“[Scherr] was playing up to her potential in that second half,” said Wolfe.

The Knights utilized their presence inside the paint to close out the game on a positive note. For Livingston, the game serves as a barometer of the level of play the team will see in the upcoming state tournament.

The Lancers will hope to shake two straight losses against Morris County opponents before Monday’s opening round game.

“I scheduled these Morris County games because that’s what we’re going to face in the State Tournament,” said Wolfe. “We’re hoping that this is good prep for what we’ll see Monday…We have to get better between now and Monday.”

The Lancers drop to 16-5 on the season with one more game left in the regular season to be played on Friday. The Lancers have drawn the fourth seed for the North 1, Group 4 State Section and will host 13th-seeded Mount Olive.