BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The New Providence girls basketball team has opened the season with seven consecutive victories, the most recent of which was a 50-42 victory over Gov. Livingston in the exciting Super Saturday match-up.
After a 12-12 deadlock through one quarter, the Pioneers took a 24-19 halftime lead with a solis second-quarter effort. Still, it was only a four-point game heading into the final period, when New Providence outscored the Highlanders, 16-12.
Lindsay Kinum scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and passed for five assists, and Kaitlyn Cumiskey finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists for New Providence. Amy Maurer also handed out five assists for the Pioneers, who got nine points and five rebounds from Meghan Lamanna.
"We knew the game Saturday was going to be a tough one as it always is," said New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera. "GL is well-coached and has players who can light it up if you let them. Throw out the records, this game is always a battle between two teams who just want to win."
Skylar Dowling led Gov. Livingston with 17 points. Paige Phillips finished with 12 points for GL.
"Our approach was to try to have fun with the experience and do our best," Pazdera said. "We had little time to prepare for this game as we played Johnson the night before. We knew we had to play tough defense, limit second-chance opportunities, and execute solidly on the offensive end of the court."
Both teams will play on the road on Tuesday January 7. Gov. Livingston play at Kent Place with a 4:30 p.m. tip off and New Providence will travel to Union with a 5:30 p.m. start.