BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston girls’ basketball team finished the game on a 18-8 run to come away with a 43-30 victory over Oak Knoll Wednesday night at home on Senior Night.
Gov. Livingston's Sara Dilly, Hayley Berliner and Courtney Osieja, along with their families, were honored, center court, during Senior Night festivities prior to Wednesday's game.
Mountainside town officials, including Police Commissioner Keith Turner, Mayor Paul Mirabella. Business Administrator James Debbie, and members of the police department were in attendance to celebrate Senior Day -- standing in for Courtney's father, Chief Richard Osieja, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.
"My husband believes in the Mountainside Police Department and in the PBA," said Dona Osieja. With a huge void, the Mountainside Police Department were there "to represent the Chief" and provide comfort to the Osieja family.
The support from the Police Department means the world to the Osieja family. "I can't even describe how great they have been to me and my family," said Courtney. "Our friends throughout everything -- they are my family -- their support means the world to me. I probably would not have been able to get through everything I have gone through without them."
Senior night is a night of celebration with the underclassmen decorating the gym with posters and balloons honoring the three seniors.
We love our underclassman -- we're a family, said Sara Dilly of the team bond going into this special night. The team is led by head coach Vin Gulbin, who is viewed as an "incredible asset" to the program.
Oak Knoll tried to spoil the Lady Highlanders' Senior Night, leading 10-7 after the first quarter. GL struggled inside the paint, and it was evident they were off their game.
The struggle continued in the second, however, the Lady Highlanders held Oak Knoll to two points and managed to take the lead going into halftime, 14-12.
It was a neck-and-neck game throughout the third. GL finaly broke out in the fourth, outscoring Oak Knoll 18-8 behind multiple shots from the foul line.
"In the end, we came together and finished it off," said senior Hayley Berliner.
Senior Hayley Berliner led the lady Highlanders with 12-points, followed by senior Sara Dilly with seven, and senior Courtney Osieja, junior Lindsay DiStaso and junior Lauren Soranno, each with six-points.
Gov. Livingston plays Summit on Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Summit.