Girls hoopsters lose first of year; boys struggle again

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The Greenmen varsity girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 61-33, to Kenston in a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division contest, thus falling behind the Bombers in the standings.

The locals will have another crucial division test tonight (Jan. 9) at Chagrin Falls.

Meanwhile, the varsity boys dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in the Chagrin Division with a 57-41 loss to Chagrin Falls.

Kenston improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the division, while the Greenmen are 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the division, tied with Chagrin Falls.

The Bombers controlled the contest from the outset, leading 15-4 after one quarter and 32-12 at halftime. After three periods, it was 48-21.

Only three Greenmen scored. Allison Howard had 17 points, Camilla Brown had 12 and Erin McNamara added 4.

Nine Bombers got into the scoring column, with Grace Moran leading the way with 11 points, followed by Catherine Rachek's 10 and Mary Merchant's 9.

"We did not come ready to play, and as a team we did not execute nor handle pressure," said Greenmen coach Erika Schultz. "We were outplayed in many aspects, and we have a lot to work on to get better."

Aurora's boys kept it close in the first period, trailing only 14-9, but Chagrin Falls mounted a 17-5 barrage in the second period to open up a 31-14 lead at halftime.

The scoring was even at 11 in the third quarter and AHS outscored the Tigers 16-12 in the fourth, but the hole had been dug by then.

Ben Branscom led the locals with 12 points and Joe Dinardo and Nick Reminder each had 8.

Other than the Chagrin Falls game, the girls will host West Geauga on Jan. 12 in a CVC division game and then travel to Gilmour Academy on Jan. 16.

The boys were to play at Painesville Harvey on Jan. 8. They will host West Geauga on Jan. 11 and travel to Kenston on Jan. 15 in Chagrin Division games.

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