BERKELEY HEIGHTS,NJ-- The Lady Highlanders Varsity Basketball Team walked off the court with a triumphant win on their senior night, defeating the Scotch Plains Raiders, 63-50.
Prior to the tip-off, seniors Lindsay Gerrato, Lara Romano, and Meera Savage were recognized for their efforts on the GL squad throughout the past four years. Welcomed and cheered on by their families and friends, the smiles that rested on the seniors' faces were apparent at the end of the night, after a solid win for the GL squad.
Gerrato and Romano were the forces that propelled their team to victory. Behind Gerrato's 28 points and Romano's additional 7, along with Romano's 5 steals, the Lady Highlanders secured their second win against Scotch Plains this season.
Gerrato set the tone for the game, not only winning the tip-off, but also scoring the first 2 of her 28 points. A quick response by Scotch Plains would determine the back-and-forth play that marked the first half. The GL team never lost its lead, yet Scotch Plains stayed within four points until the Highlanders’ second half surge.
During the second half, Gov. Livingston found its groove with freshman Skylar Dowling (14 points), who provided offense from the outside, while in the paint, Gerrato’s post-up assisted in deepening the Highlander lead. Romano’s defensive game further proved the Highlanders’ dominance over the Raiders. Though Scotch Plains stayed close behind, GL came out with the win, 63-50.
Senior Spotlights (Q & A after the win):
TAPinto: How does it feel to be a senior on the team?
Savage: It's sad because it's obviously my last year but the underclasses men did such a nice job so it was a really great night for everyone!
Romano: It feels good being a senior on the team because it's a big leadership role because my teammates look up to me.
Gerrato: It feels good. There are a lot of freshman so I definitely feel the age difference but it's cool to get to help them out and have them contribute so much to the team
TAPinto: What was your favorite part about the win on senior night?
Savage: We played as a team and everyone contributed to the win.
Romano: Senior night was a big win for us because we played as a team and we were able to play hard until the end.
Gerrato: We got a nice crowd, more than usual which is always nice. When there's an intensity coming from the stands it helps us get pumped. Also I just think we came out strong in second half which has been something we have been hoping to do.
TAPinto; How has the team improved since the beginning of the season?
Savage: We are definitely still improving, our energy during games and practices and playing together as a team has really improved.
Romano: A majority of our team is new to varsity so our chemistry has definitely grown throughout the season.
Gerrato: As time goes on we're starting to get more and more comfortable playing together. Me and lara were the only ones that played together last year so it's basically a whole new team so as we get meshing our play gets that much better.
TAPinto: What will you miss most about basketball?
Savage: I think I'm going to miss the pasta parties and my teammates more than anything.
Romano: I'll miss the team bonding and pasta parties the most and playing with LG.
Gerrato: I'll miss everything about it. It's nice that I can play basketball now in addition to lacrosse so I get some diversity so I'll miss having that. I'll miss all the girls on the team too, I'll probably miss Marisa the most.