BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After a strong first quarter, it seemed as though Gov. Livingston would be able to hold its own against their imposing divisional rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood. However, with their experience and size, the Raiders were ultimately able to wear down the Highlanders in the second half, resulting in a 47-27 sweep. Gov. Livingston looks to internalize the lessons they have learned and bounce back from this disappointing loss.

At the beginning of the first half, Scotch Plains-Fanwood immediately established their dominance on the block with a post move by their center to start the game. While it was clear that Gov. Livingston was outmatched in the paint, the Highlanders were able to create some opportunities from the perimeter as sophomore point guard Skylar Dowling knocked down a three-pointer from the key to charge up the offense. This play was eventually followed by another Highlander three-ball from sophomore newcomer Paige Phillips. This shooting from behind the arc allowed Gov. Livingston to trail by only three at the end of the quarter.

However, as the Highlanders’ shots stopped falling in the second half, the window opened for the Raiders to extend their lead. Scotch Plains-Fanwood dominated on the boards which allowed them to have multiple scoring opportunities on their possessions. Although Gov. Livingston was struggling, they continued their aggressive play with a full court press and ball pressure. Nevertheless, the Raiders’ quick ball movement and breakaway speed enabled them to shatter their press and continue to score.

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While they had hoped to capture a win during their first home opener, the Highlanders are looking to use this loss as a learning experience. “I am very proud of my teammates and how hard we worked,” said Dowling. “The team always puts in effort, but we just need to execute on our plays more and help each other get open. We are looking forward to fixing our turnovers from yesterday to prepare for our next game.”

Governor Livingston (0-1) will looked to redeem themselves as face off against another divisional rival Oak Knoll (1-0) Tuesday at 4 pm.