BERKELEY HEIGHTS NJ- The Governor Livingston Girls Basketball team, seeded no. 7, defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, seeded no. 10, 54-37 on Tuesday night, in the first round of the Union County Tournament.
After falling short to Scotch Plains-Fanwood last Wednesday, the Highlanders came into the game Tuesday determined to reclaim victory. GL's fast breaks and consistent control of the ball helped make the win possible. Junior Lindsay Gerrato led the team with 24 points to put GL on top.
Following a slow start, the Highlanders began to pick up the pace by the end of the first quarter and continued the momentum well into the second. GL was able to hold off the Raiders' intense defensive pressure with skilled ball handling and quick passing between senior Lindsay DiStaso and junior Lara Romano, ending the half with GL leading 24-17.
The Raiders did not let up however and kept the game interesting. Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s forceful defense remained strong but did not seem to affect the Highlander’s tactful offensive plays in the third quarter. The Highlanders were able to score 17 points in the third, putting GL on top 41-22 going into the fourth.
Scotch Plain-Fanwood’s offense let up dramatically in the fourth quarter. GL capitalized on this by consistently stealing the ball and returning it to their side of the court. With a last-minute shot by Nicole Sforza, the Highlanders won the game 54-37.
GL advances to the quarterfinal round playing no. 2 seed New Providence on Friday, Feb 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Rahway High School, 1012 Madison Ave, Rahway.