METUCHEN, NJ - The Gov. Livingston girls' basketball team snapped a three game losing streak as sophomore guard Skylar Dowling posted a career high 28 points leading the way to a 58-47 victory over the Metuchen Lady Bulldogs Monday afternoon in Metuchen.
Dowling, who has notched double figures in every game this season, hit four three balls and knocked down 10 free throws en route to her career high.
"She did a really good job of letting the game come to her," said Gov. Livingston head coach Chris Eckert. "When her shots weren't falling early in the game, she stayed composed and attacked the rim until she got back in rhythm. We were excited to get a team victory with her having such a great game."
The Lady Highlanders scored a season high 58 points which included a big 22 point fourth quarter as they broke open a hard fought closely contested game. Gov. Livingston which raised its season mark to 5-7 with the cross county win will now travel to Summit Thursday evening to take on the Lady Hilltoppers. Tipoff is set for 7pm.
Gov. Livingston got off to a great start as they played their best opening quarter in several games taking a 16-9 lead. However, the Lady Bulldogs found their footing and closed to within a point at 27-26 at the half.
As both teams dug in after making some halftime defensive adjustments, Gov. Livingston managed to marginally increase their lead to four points as the third quarter played out. The Lady Highlanders Paige Phillips (13 pts), Fiona Kerr (8 pts), and Ally McGlynn (8 pts) all scored big hoops in the second half and assisted Dowling as Gov. Livingston's fourth quarter offensive surge put the game out of reach for Metuchen.
Last season, Gov. Livingston split a pair of conference games with Summit as both teams came away with wins on their home court. Summit is led by senior guard Christina Richson who scored her 1000th point last Saturday against Bernards. Richson is no stranger to Gov. Livingston as last year she scored 24 and 18 points in the two contests and as a freshman hit a last second three to defeat the Lady Highlanders. In addition to leading scorer Dowling (14.5, 32 threes), Gov. Livingston will need to keep getting secondary scoring from Kerr (8ppg) and Phillips (23 threes) if they want to come away with conference wins -- first against Summit and then Johnson later in the week.