KENILWORTH, NJ -- The Livingston girls basketball team got its transition game going early and went on to a 49-27 victory over David Brearley High School in its opening game Thursday evening.
Senior point guard Sarah Cullen scored nine of her 11 points in the first quarter to help steer the Lancers to a 17-4 lead. With the score tied, 2-2, Livingston went on a 15-2 run to establish control of the game.
Hailey Reuter sank a jumper fora 4-2 lead, then Cullen scored six straight points on a drive, a layup off a steal and another fastbreak layup. After a Brearley basket, Livingston scored seven points in a row on a fastbreak layup by Aliza Gelman, a short jump shot by Reuter and a 3-point basket by Cullen.
Reuter finished with eight points and three assists. Cullen made five steals and handed out three assists. Junior guard Lauren Belcuore had a strong all-around floor game for Livingston with 10 rebounds and six assists--both team highs--as well as four steals.
In the second quarter, Brearley drew to within 18-12, but after that, the Lancers ran off 13 straight points to open a 31-12 lead by late in the quarter. Five different Livingston players contributed to the 13-0 run, including four points apiece by Belcuore and junior forward Ava Intile.
"The girls played a great team defensive game in holding Brearley's two leading scorers to four points each," said Livingston head coach Buddy Wolfe.
Livingston is back in action for its home opener Saturday at 1 p.m. against Whippany Park.