LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston girls basketball team ended its season on a high note with a 45-31 victory over Roselle Park on Monday.
“The theme this year is move the program forward a little bit,” said Livingston head coach Buddy Wolfe. “We went from two wins last year to eight this year.”
Livingston showed a bright future, taking the opening quarter with a 15-6 scoring run. Junior Morgan Scherr collected seven of her nine points in the first quarter to give the Lancers a solid lead.
“We’ve had a problem all year overcoming a lot of slow starts in the first quarter and tonight it was nice to come out and get a lead and maintain a lead throughout the game,” said Wolfe.
As the Panthers defense clued into Scherr’s dominance in the paint the perimeter began to open up in the second quarter. Ashley Reuter and Kayla Parsons joined Scherr in the second quarter to produce 10 more points for the Lancers. This marked the beginning of a big scoring day for Parsons, as she finished with a team-high 13 points.
“[Scherr] and [Parsons] are both leaders on and off the court and I think they are going to do great next year,” said teammate Ashley Reuter.
Ultimately, a competitive Roselle Park squad battled back in the third quarter to cut the Livingston lead to seven. Roselle Park’s Emma Cieslinski and Alexis Cieslinski closed the gap in the third to put pressure on the Livingston squad, entering the fourth quarter at 35-28.
With the game still in doubt, the Lancers turned to a reliable group of varsity veterans to complete the game. Seniors Reuter, Jamie Handwerker and A.J Dansky all nailed critical shots on a 10-1 scoring run that made the home crowd happy and gave the trio one last senior moment.
“Those three girls are four-year varsity players, so they mean a lot to the program…it’s nice,” said Wolfe.
For Reuter, the opportunity to take the court one last time with her teammates was extra special, as it was in doubt up until game time. The guard has been suffering from an ankle injury that caused her to miss the previous three games. Reuter performed therapy and stretches to be able to compete in her final game on Monday and ultimately tallied 10 points.
“It’s definitely so nice coming back,” said Reuter. “I’ve been watching three games it’s been frustrating wanting to get in and every day it’s been too painful, but today it felt good so I decided to play.”
Livingston finished the season with a final record of 8-14. While the team will fall short of the state playoffs, the Lancers set the stage for a compelling 2018-2019 season that has several solid building blocks.