BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston girl’s basketball team came back from their loss against Cranford on Friday with a 49-37 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on their home court.

Scotch Plains took the lead in the first quarter, scoring 10 points, but Governor Livingston was down by only one. However, after the second quarter ended, the Highlanders had outscored Scotch Plains-Fanwood 13-8, to open up a four point lead going into halftime.

After the break, Scotch Plains diligently worked up 17 more points, to go up 36-35.

A very close game going into the final eight minutes, Governor Livingston used strong determination to go on a 14-2 run to end the game with a 12-point advantage, for their first win of the season.

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Governor Livingston senior Mallory George led the Highlanders with 15 points, while junior Patrice DiTommaso racked up 10 points.

Governor Livingston head coach Andy Silvagni is optimistic about the season.

“We have a lot of new, young players,” he said. “This is a great team and I’m excited for what the season will bring.”

The Highlanders lost several key players to graduation last year, forcing Silvagni to go with a young lineup. Senior Alyssa Cranston is also unable to play due to a broken clavicle.

Junior Patrice DiTommaso said this year will be different.

“I think this season is going to be a lot different because we graduated so many seniors last year,” DiTommaso said. “But I also think we have enough talent and athleticism to win the county title again, and that’s what we hope to do for the second year in a row.”

The Highlanders will return to the court on Thursday when they face Summit High School.