BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - Its been over a month since the Governor Livingston girls' basketball team lost on the road to Union. 34 days later, the 51-39 defeat still sits deep in the mind of the Highlanders. On Tuesday, Governor Livingston got its revenge on Union, beating the Farmers 51-36 at the Highlanders' Red Gym.
Governor Livingston outscored Union in every quarter but the fourth, improving to 16-4 on the year.
"I thought we played really well, especially losing to this team earlier in the season," senior Erin Ferguson said. "We wanted to come back and avenge the loss that we had."
The Highlanders opened the game on an 18-6 run, with senior guard Alyssa Cranston scoring seven of her 10 points in the opening eight minutes.
In the second quarter, Governor Livingston extended their lead to 33-13, holding the Farmers to two baskets and three free throws, while offensively the Highlanders hit three 3-pointers.
"Coming out with a great first quarter, everybody contributed in their own ways," Ferguson said. "That's what we want to do, that's what we hope to continue to do. We definitely had some team chemistry going."
In the third, Governor Livingston scored the first eight points to jump out to a 41-13 lead. Ferguson and Mallory George led the charge, as the Highlanders allowed only seven points for the second consecutive quarter, leading 44-20 after three quarters.
While the Highlanders' lead was never in jeopardy, the team saw Union claw back with 13 points during the fourth quarter. The Farmers went on an 11-0 run after trailing by 26 to cut the Highlanders lead to 15.
Union's Wendy Berry scored eight of her 10 points in the final quarter, but Governor Livingston did just enough in the fourth to preserve their lead.
"They're a good team and for us to win by 15," Governor Livingston head coach Andy Silvagni said. "We want them to never make mistakes and be perfect. We try and stay hard on them so that they get better."
The Highlanders now await the release of the Union County Tournament seeding. While the Highlanders are expected to get a top seed in the tournament, Ferguson said the team is awaiting the "big reveal."
She said: "Looking forward, it can help our team with some confidence."