SUMMIT, NJ - Behind a dominating defensive performance, the Livingston girls’ basketball team defeated Kent Place 47-19 in Friday's consolation game of the 2012 Hilltopper Hoopla Holiday Tournament.
The win improves the Lancers’ record to 2-2.
“Their performance was one of the best of the season,” head coach Patty Kaes said. “Defensively they played very hard and the turnovers were down. One of the things we did very well with today that we have been working on is our passing and keeping the turnovers down.”
The fast breaks created from those turnovers and great passes helped Sam Rothenberger lead all scorers with 13 points, with most coming on the break.
“(Rothenberger) is great in the open floor that is her thing,” Kaes said. “Once she gets the ball in the open floor or gets a lane to run that’s her game and that is why we like to run.”
Rothenberger was not the only offensive threat for Livingston, as Catherine Callaghan and Caroline Cole also put up nine and eight points respectively.
After a close first three minutes with the Lancers holding the 6-5 lead, they went on 6-1 run to end the first quarter, holding a 12-6 lead.
The second quarter saw Livingston shutout Kent Place behind their pressure defense.
“Our girls came out aggressive, had good help side defense, and maintained their stance,” Kaes said. “I think that was the difference for us, being able to put on that pressure and force turnovers and that led to easy baskets for us in transition.”
While the turnovers did come their way in the second frame, Livingston was not able to turn them into many points as they only put up six in the quarter, four from Rothenberger, to go into the half leading 18-6.
The start of the second half was more of the same from the Lancers as they started on a 10-4 run, extending their lead to 28-10 before starting to pull some of their starters out of the game.
However, that did not stop Livingston from continuing to pull away from Kent Place. The fourth quarter saw the Lancers go on another run, this time a 12-1 run for the 27 point lead before both teams traded off some baskets to end the game.
“Two things we are going to work on is our defense and brining our game to the other team,” Kaes said. “On offense it’s taking care of the ball and not turning it over.”
The Livingston girls’ basketball team returns to the court Thursday when they go to Madison. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.