Callaghan Carries Livingston Past Morris Hills

The Livingston Lancers girls varsity basketball team huddles up before the game Credits: Ari Gilberg
Livingston Head Coach Patty Kaes addresses the crowd regarding "Autism Awareness" before the game Credits: Ari Gilberg
Morris Knolls' Gina Aragona hits a three Credits: Ari Gilberg
Livingston Lancers' Katie Horiuchi gets ready to deliver a pass Credits: Ari Gilberg
Catherine Callaghan hits one of her eight made free throws for the Lancers Credits: Ari Gilberg

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - The Livingston Lancers defeated the Morris Hills Scarlet Knights 38-25 on Monday. The Lancers dedicated the victory to “Autism Awareness” and helped decorate the gym with blue ribbons, and held a halftime raffle with all the proceeds going to charity.

The feel-good win was made possible by the outstanding play from forward Catherine Callaghan. The junior led the team with 16 points and went a respectable 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Callaghan also added four rebounds.

When asked if she would describe her performance as a “coming-out party,” Callaghan stated its something fans should expect to see more of.

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“I definitely believe it’s a coming-out party of sorts.” Callaghan said. “I’ve improved my game a lot, I’ve worked in the off-season and I think that it is going to be [a coming-out party].”

Callaghan was not the lone Lancer to help lead her team to victory, fellow teammates Nicole LaRusso and Sarosha Parsons both finished with seven points. In addition, LaRusso led the team with three assists, while Parsons led the team with four steals.

What would eventually end in a blowout started off as a closely competitive game as the Lancers never led by more than seven before the fourth quarter. Morris Hills, led by Gina Aragona who finished with nine points, refused to go down without a fight.

After Livingston jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, the Scarlet Knights came fighting back, tying the game at seven and later at 13. Callaghan and Parsons would give the Lancers a slim 17-13 heading into halftime.

The third quarter saw more of the same as once again Livingston and Morris Knolls traded buckets. The Lancers would cling to a four point 25-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Livingston then came alive in the fourth quarter, outscoring Morris Knolls 13-4. The Scarlet Knights lone four points came on an Aragona jumper, and free throws from sophomores Kayla Fleming and Ashley Ferrante.

The Lancers on the other hand saw an offensive explosion starting with LaRusso’s long three and featured Callaghan scoring seven of her 16 points in the final eight minutes of play securing Livingston’s victory.

Lancer Head Coach Patty Kaes was extremely impressed by her junior forward.

“We ask her to do a lot of things, be strong on the boards don’t give up any second shots and she was right there with it, every defensive board.” Kaes said. “She has done a wonderful job getting to the foul line, and she’s just playing with a lot more confidence and is starting to shine.”

The Lancers square off against Newark Central (3-3) tomorrow, and looking to improve to 6-3 on the season.

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