BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls basketball team beat Johnson on Saturday, 34-20, the team clinching a win over the Crusaders for the second time this season.
Sophomore Lindsay Gerrato led the Highlanders with 17 points, dominating in the post and inside lane. Gerrato's height and effortless shots helped her add to the scoreboard. Stephanie Visconti led the Crusaders with 10 points.
Gerrato commented on the team's effort, "The game was exciting to play in. We were in a lull in the beginning but all we needed was a spark, then we got the lead and held it throughout the game - so I'm very proud."
The first quarter was characterized by scrappy, low-scoring basketball. By the end of the first, the score was only 4-4, a back and forth battle for possession. The first basket by GL did not come until the last 3 minutes of the first quarter, when Sara Dilly put the Highlanders on the board.
In the second quarter, a few GL turnovers caused open shots for ALJ. GL needed to control rebounds and settle down with possession. It was not until the final minutes of the second quarter that the Highlanders began to pull away from the Crusaders.
Lindsay Gerrato added points and foul shots resulting in a halftime score of 19-12, Highlanders. Sara Dilly and Lindsay DiStaso played incredible defense during the first half, and for entire game, especially Dilly executing several steals and putting pressure on ALJs guards before they could set their offensive plays.
Hayley Berliner opened up the second half with a three pointer and added two more baskets to the tally, limiting ALJ's ability to come back offensively.
With five minutes left in the third quarter, GL was up 26-14. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 34-16- the Highlanders had more than doubled the score on the Crusaders and began to dominate.
ALJ's Lauren Beck [point guard] and Deserae Sequeira [guard] were good ball handlers for the Crusaders, but could not maintain steady ball movement with the strong opposing defense. Dilly was all over the floor fighting for loose balls, often which ended up in the possession of the Highlanders.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Johnson had only scored 4 points since half time. The Lady Highlanders maintained their control, working the ball for the most optimal shot.
GL and ALJ both showed aggression and fight throughout the game, but the Highlanders emerged with the victory, 34-20.
"We have rebounded quickly from our loss against New Prov at Super Saturday," said coach Vin Gulbin.
The Lady Highlanders face a critical week playing three Union County league match-ups. "
"If we want to earn respect in the county, we must beat these teams. Saturday we will go up against Summit and try to avenge our 2-point loss to Summit," said Gulbin.
The Highlander's next game will be home on Tuesday, Jan. 20, where they will take on Cranford at 7 PM .