BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the fans and parents that attended Monday night’s girls basketball game against Oak Knoll School, it was a chance to celebrate the Gov. Livingston girls basketball team's six seniors who have seen success, as well as, injury struggles over the past three-plus seasons.
In a pre-game ceremony, the seniors Amanda Bostwick, Julia Coyle, Lindsay DiStaso, Nicole Sforza, Rachel Siegel and Lauren Soranno and their families were celebrated center court.
With their high school athletic careers coming to a close, the seniors felt a bittersweet sentiment. “We have been building up to this since we were little - and now it is coming to a close,” said DiStaso. “It’s nice that we get to spend it with the people that we started with.”
This season the seniors had no choice but to step it up and lead this varsity basketball team after graduating three key players last year [Sara Dilly, Hayley Berliner and Courtney Osieja].
“Look how far we have come,” said Bostwick. “Nobody expected us to have the success we are having [12-12 record to date]."
After losing their point guard Lauren Soranno to injury during the Summit game rematch, they forged on to play their finest game of the year on both ends of the floor in their convincing victory. This big win is notably a highlight of their season after losing a buzzer beater to the Hilltoppers earlier in the season.
In Monday nights game against Oak Knoll, the Lady Highlanders struggled through 2½ quarters with ups and downs on the court before pulling away with a 39-31 victory. Every senior except injured captain Lauren Soranno played minutes in the game.
The Lady Highlanders came out flat, missing five to six “easy” lay-ups. They were able to pull out the win behind DiStaso’s 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Amanda Bostwick and Rachel Siegel chipped in with 9 and six points respectively.
To Oak Knoll’s credit, they forced GL junior center Lindsay Gerrato out of her offensive comfort zone holding her to six points which is well below her 13.5 points per game average [scoring as many as 24 points in games against Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Union].
Despite GL’s difficulty getting into an offensive groove, Oak Knoll struggled equally -- missing almost every long range shot attempt.
With both teams forcing turnovers, Gov. Livingston held onto the lead and made late game free throws to come out with the Senior Night victory.
Up next, Gov. Livingston will travel to Westfield on Thursday, Feb. 25 with a 4 p.m. tip off.