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Governor Livingston Uses Strong Second Half to Beat Linden

By TIM LECRAS

January 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston senior forward Erin Ferguson scored 16 points in the second half to lead the Highlanders to a 52-36 win over Linden on Thursday at Governor Livingston's Red Gym.

The victory improves the Highlanders' record to 12-4 with one week remaining until the Union County Tournament begins.

"I thought Linden is a very good team," Highlander head coach Andy Silvagni said. "I thought coming in if we were able to match their toughness that we would have a shot to win. We did that, we rebounded well and came out on top with a good fourth quarter that we had."

Governor Livingston led 13-7 after the first quarter due in part of the play from Patrice DiTommaso. She scored eight points in the opening period.

The Highlander offense slowed down in the second quarter because of foul trouble. Governor Livingston only managed six points in the quarter, and just one made basket.

Despite the offensive struggles, the Highlanders escaped the first 16 minutes with a 19-17 lead.

"We were in a little foul trouble, we got a little stagnant," Silvagni said of his team's poor second quarter."At halftime, we said just stay patient, keep working it around and look to get the ball inside and that's what we did in the second half."

After the intermission, the Governor Livingston offense exploded for 33 points. Ferguson scored all of her 16 points after halftime to lead the Highlanders on the scoreboard.

"I think being in foul trouble early in the first half, I was a little timid," Ferguson said. "I definitely took advantage of having a height difference and my team mates did a good job of getting me the ball inside."

Aside from Ferguson's 16 points, guard Alyssa Cranston also knotted 16 tallies to lead the Highlanders to the win.

Governor Livingston returns to the floor on Tuesday when they play at Roselle Catholic.

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