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Gov. Livingston Girls Basketball Back-to-Back Wins to Start Season

Bobbie Peer

Sunday, December 22, 2013 • 7:31am

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coming off the season opening victory over Cranford Friday night, Gov. Livingston girls' basketball team continued the winning momentum, downing Scotch Plains, 59-42, Saturday at home.

"We are coming back with losing four of our  key starters, we had to figure out how to work around that. Play more offense and work on the defense getting the rebounds and moving quickly  across the court," said sophomore Lauren Sorrano. "Losing some of our key players was tough but it made us realize we need to step up and fill their shoes," said senior Patrice DiTommaso. "In the last two games we gave it everything we had and didn't stop pushing until the game ended."

Senior Katie Reilly lit the boards for Gov. Livingston with a 3-point shot to start the scoring momentum for the Lady Highlanders in the first quarter.  Off the bench, Sorrano took control of the ball grabbing the steals and rebounds, passing to Hayley Berliner to score three quick baskets. Aggressive steals causing Scotch Plains turnovers led to the Highlander's commanding 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Scotch Plains started the second quarter changing their defensive tactic slowing Gov. Livingston's game, holding them to 9 points in the second quarter.  Scotch Plains quickly hit shots closing in on Gov. Livingston's lead.  After frustrating foul calls, the Lady Highlanders settled down sinking outside shots.  Senior Patrice DiTommaso ended the quarter hitting a 3-pointer going into half-time leading 30-26.

"We practice our defenses, GL is a very good basketball team and they give us a great game every time we play them.  There are definitely things that we need to work on, I have faith that we are going to improve throughout the season," said Scotch Plains Head Coach Cammile Mamolite.

Gov. Livingston went on a 3-pointer streak in the third quarter to propel their lead to 15.  Starting the quarter, DiTommaso hit the 3-pointer and followed it up with another advancing the lead to 10 points.  Sorrano sank the third 3-pointer  late in the quarter followed with a lay-up by Berliner.  

Scotch Plains kept their focus and drive in the fourth quarter with game-high scorer, Micaiah Battle, adding eight points to her tally. It wasn't enough to make a dent in Gov. Livingston's commanding lead. The Lady Highlanders continued their successful run of outside shots and 3-pointers by Berliner and Sorrano to finish with a 59-42 victory.

"This game was a huge team effort offensively. We did a great job on defense but our offense was key. We moved the ball well against Scotch Plains' defense. We also had Hayley Berliner and Lauren Sorrano who really did a great job shooting offensively and we had Sara Dilly who did a great job defensively guarding their quick point guard.," said DiTommaso.
 
"Girls worked really hard.  We're happy with their effort. Scotch Plains is a good team. We're happy to come out to a winning opening weekend," said Gov. Livingston Head Coach Andy Silvagni.
 
Junior Hailey Berliner led the Lady Highlanders with the team-high 15 points with Senior Patrice DiTommaso hitting 13. Sara Dilly led with 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Jenny Pires with 10 rebounds.
 
Micaiah Battle led the Raiders with the game-high 16 points and Amani Williams with 13. 
 
Gov. Livingston: Jenny Pires (6); Lauren Sorrano (11); Hayley Berliner (15); Sara Dilly (4); Patrice DiTommaso (13); Katie Reilly (6); Courtney Osieja (4)
 
Scotch Plains: Micaiah Battle (16); Thabitha Dwunfour (4); Katie Harper (5); Paige Heiden (2); Madi Maisel (2); Amani Williams (13)
 
Gov. Livingston's next game is home against West Morris Central, Monday, Dec. 23 at 1:00 p.m.
 
Scotch Plains plays Randolph at home on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.
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