LIVINGSTON, NJ — Ending her Livingston High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball career with 1170 career points, including nearly 300 points in the 2015-2016 season, LHS senior Sarosha Parsons is the seventh female in Lancer history to reach the 1000-point mark.
When Sarosha netted her 1000th point against Verona High School on Feb. 16, an away 36-30 victory for the Lancers, her father, Scott Parsons, said the team was more than prepared to celebrate.
“We’re very thrilled and very proud of her,” said Scott, an LHS Class of ’80 alum. “This is something that nobody can take away from her and she’ll be able to share so many great memories.”
Scott, who was the star pitcher of the LHS Varsity Baseball team during his own time, also has two athletic sons following in his footsteps. Despite the difference in choice of sport, Sarosha, who intends to play basketball at Franklin and Marshall College next year, was no less impressive than her father and brothers throughout her LHS soccer and basketball careers.
“[Sarosha] has had a great career in Livingston, both with soccer and basketball, but basketball in particular,” said Parsons. “Nothing comes easy for her: she has a tremendous work ethic and she plays very, very hard.”
Sarosha ultimately contributed more than 400 field goals, 14 three-pointers, 320 free throws and 25 assists over the span of four years and nearly 100 total games for LHS Girls Varsity Basketball. In the 2015-2016 season, which ended this week with a rough loss to Randolph in the first round of the NJSIAA State Tournament, Sarosha contributed 297 total points, including nine three-pointers, to average approximately 14 points per game.
Even though the girls ended the season with a few difficult games, the Lancers finished with an impressive 14-8 record, which Scott said is better than the team expected. According to Scott, losing Nicole LaRusso, one of their star players from last season, and Emily Waldenberg, who had a torn ACL earlier this year, weighed heavily on the girls’ optimism going into the season.
Scott said he was optimistic that the girls will ultimately have good feelings about the 2015-16 season once they’ve had a chance to reflect on their better games and the memories they made together as a team.