BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Yesterday was the annual Super Saturday sporting event in Berkeley Heights, a day where different Governor Livingston sports are showcased including basketball and hockey.
The Lady Highlanders played cross-town rivals New Providence. Super Saturday is known for its basketball games between GL and New Providence as well as the rivalry between these two schools. This game was no different - both teams came ready to play.
All throughout the first quarter both teams were evenly matched, moving the ball easily. Both teams were able to score and at the same time were able to make key stops on defense. But everything changed at the start of the second quarter.
At this point it was clear that momentum had shifted the Lady Highlanders’ way. While the Pioneers’ offense was unable to score any points during the second quarter, the Lady Highlanders’ defense was on fire. The offense was also doing very well scoring 12 of its 47 points in the second quarter. The Lady Highlanders ended the half with a score of 26-10.
The rest of the game was a lot like the second quarter. The Lady Highlanders dominated the rest of the game, controlling the ball and scoring 21 points in the second half. Because GL was on such a hot streak, the Pioneers were unable to make any big plays and ended up making a few mistakes. They missed shots and were unable to connect passes to one another on offense. The Pioneers scored only 13 points after half time. The final score of the game was 47-23.
The Lady Highlanders showed great chemistry and were able to move the ball well all throughout the game. Juniors Erin Ferguson and Mallory George really stepped up, with both girls scoring 10 points each and adding to the team's chemistry.
“We worked very well as a team,” Ferguson said. In addition to her 10 points, she had 7 rebounds.
However, it wasn't only the two juniors who contributed. Senior point guard Alyssa Polimeni scored eight points and was also very selfless with the ball with eight assists on the day. Senior Sam Dowling also had a big day, scoring 11 points, which included three scores from the three-point line.
Since the Highlanders were playing well, some of the younger players on the team, including sophomore Patrice Ditommaso, got floor time and made an impact near the end of the game. Ditommaso scored once from outside the three-point line and also scored two free throws with less than a minute left in the game.
The Lady Highlanders got their ninth straight win of the season and are still undefeated with a record of 9-0. New Providence is now 6-3.
“We will be good as long we get along and communicate well,” Ferguson said about the future of the team.