Livingston Earns Winning Record with Victory Over Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove's Brooke Adams is defended closely by Horiuchi Credits: Ari Gilberg
Livingston captains Caroline Cole and Alayna Liska meet with the Cedar Grove Captains and working referees before the game Credits: Ari Gilberg
The Lancers huddle, a common pre-game ritual, before the start of the game Credits: Ari Gilberg
Livingston's Catherine Callaghan squares off against Elena Zecchino on the opening tip-off Credits: Ari Gilberg
Callaghan misses one of two free throws, the Lancers would finish with a paltry 7/19 on the line Credits: Ari Gilberg
Livingston point guard Katie Horiuchi looks to set up the Lancer offense Credits: Ari Gilberg

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - It wasn’t the prettiest of victories but Livingston's Nicole LaRusso and her 3-point shot led the Lancers (6-5) over the Cedar Grove Panthers (3-7), 38-27, on Thursday night.

The sophomore 3-point specialist swung the momentum in the Lancers’ favor heading into halftime after making a last-second three to extend Livingston’s lead to five points.

The long deep ball may have appeared as a heave, but LaRusso stated she was confident in her shot.

Sign Up for E-News

“I was pretty sure it was going in," LaRusso said after the game.

LaRusso led the team with 10 points to go along with three assists. However, just like the rest of her teammates the young sophomore guard had a mediocre night at the free throw line, finishing 2-for-4.

Head Coach Patty Kaes recognized it was not her teams best performance from the line, going 7-for-19, but credited her players for “making them [free-throws] in the clutch, and that’s what counts.”

The Panthers hit four of their seven free throw attempts, 57 percent, and through most of the first half it seemed as though it would be them who would come up in the clutch. After trailing 9-2 early, Cedar Grove led a late rally to pull within two points and seemed poised to pull of a miraculous upset.

Led by Jill Goldberg and Elena Zecchino, the Panthers remained in contention with the Lancers, despite committing numerous turnovers and fouls. Cedar Grove relied on the deadly shooting accuracy of Goldberg and the interior post moves of Zecchino to fight back from countless deficits.  Goldberg and Zecchino finished with 10 and eight points.

What remained a closely competitive game throughout the first three quarters, turned into a secure victory for Livingston in the fourth, due to their improved defense. The Lancers shut out both Goldberg and Zecchino, the Panthers leading scorers, in the final quarter; and held the entire Cedar Grove offense to only four points in the final eight minutes of play.

Senior Caroline Cole led Livingston in their defensive prowess finishing with three steals and one pass deflection. Junior Catherine Callaghan recorded three blocks, five rebounds and two pass deflections and along with fellow forward Sam Rothenberger, the three of them cemented a strong interior defense that simply overwhelmed the Panthers in the second half.

Livingston faces the Millburn Millers (5-5) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in which will feature a triple header starring all levels of both girls' and boys' basketball.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Free Flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream (Jr. Cup or Cone) With Coupon

May 23, 2018

Fairfield, NJ - Flavors Homemade Ice Cream is offering a FREE soft serve ice cream (jr. cup or cone) when you spend $10 or more with coupon.

Flavors Homemade Is located at 653 Rt 46 West (1.98 mi) in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 next to Jose Tejas.

*Homemade Ice Cream

*Italian Ice


*Fresh waffles 

*ice ...

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline


Tue, June 5

Essex County




Wed, June 6, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Mindfulness Approach to Stress

Health & Wellness

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Still Time to Register for Livingston's Fall Intown Soccer

May 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although a late fee may be applied as of May 13, registration is still open for the Fall 2018 Intown Soccer season in Livingston, including the high school co-ed program.

Livingston Soccer Club's (LSC) Intown program is all about sportsmanship, making friends, getting some exercise and learning a bit about soccer along the way. LSC provides the following ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...