LIVINGSTON, NJ—Although their record does not appear to show it, the Livingston Lady Lancers have made vast improvements this year. On Saturday afternoon, the Science Park Lady Chargers marched into Livingston riding a six game winning streak and extended that streak to seven games with a 62-28 victory at Livingston's Fitness and Wellness Center.
The Lady Chargers are lead by senior guard Ezinne Kalu who averages 30 points per game and became the 10th female player in Essex County history to score 2000 points in her high school career.
Livingston held Kalu to 23 points on Saturday, seven points under her season average and her second lowest scoring game of the 2009-2010 season.
"She (Kalu) is one of the best players in the state and it is truly an accomplishment to keep her under her scoring average," senior Becky Knopf said. "We have won six games this year and that's a great improvement. This was my last game as a Lancer but I have the utmost respect and confidence in coach (Patty Kaes) that she will make this a winning program."
Science came out of the gate striking on all cylinders as they went on a 13-3 first quarter run. The Lady Chargers were able to beat Livingston's "diamond" (1-2-1-1) press and give them a comfortable lead heading into the second quarter.
Science continued their hot shooting and made Livingston switch from a 1-2-1-1 defense to a 1-3-1 zone. Kalu and her teammates increased their ten-point lead to 19 points as they were up 28-9 at the half.
"Offensively, we were stagnant and turned the ball over," junior point guard Syd Friedman said. "They had great on-ball defense and that translated to their offense."
Unfortunately for the Lady Lancers, they could not stop the lady Chargers in the second half.
Science Park came out and went on a 22-9 run. Kalu had eight points in the third and Science continued to add to its lead.
But the Lady Lancers never gave up and continued to battle. Science did win the fourth quarter but the Lady Lancers put up ten points in the fourth and did not turn the ball over as often as they did in previous quarters.
For Science, Kalu was helped by her teammate Akirah Crawford who finished with 21 points and snatched eight rebounds.
Livingston's senior guards, Becky Knopf and Natalie Cohen, each finished with six points.
With this loss, Livingston finishes the season with a 6-17 record. This is the highest win total for Livingston in six years.