Girls post 3 wins in row; boys still at one triumph

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Aurora -- After a mid-season slump which saw them drop four straight games, Aurora High School's varsity girls basketball team has started another winning streak, which has reached three games.

The locals raised their overall record to 11-4 and 5-3 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division with a 66-20 victory over an outmanned Orange squad and a 59-38 win over Garfield Heights Trinity last week.

A scheduled home contest against Notre Dame Cathedral Latin was rescheduled to Feb. 11 since NDCL did not have school that day because of harsh weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Greenmen boys suffered two CVC Chagrin Division setbacks last week -- 59-41 to Orange and 40-32 to Perry. They headed into this week's play with a 1-14 overall record (0-8 in the division).

Against Orange, the girls shot out to a 29-5 first quarter lead and coasted from there, leading 45-13 at halftime. After the opening quarter, coach Erika Schultz sat her starters most of the time, and even some junior varsity players got into the game.

Danielle Lasky led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Allison Howard's 13, Erin McNamara's 10 and Kali Bachman's 8.

Against Trinity, AHS also had a fast start, leading 21-3 after the first period and extending the lead to 35-13 at halftime.

Camille Brown canned 10 field goals and 4 free throws for 24 points, while Howard added 13 and Lasky and Maria Mims had 5 each.

For the boys, its was the eighth game of the season that they were held under 40 points. Ben Branscom's 13 points led the way against Perry and Kendall Fayne and Anthony Quaranto led the way against Orange with 7 points each, while Pavel Galchenko added 6.

The girls will play four games in the next week. In addition to Hudson, they will host Kenston in a big CVC game on Feb. 2 and will travel to Copley on Feb. 4 and Independence on Feb. 6. Sectional-district tournament drawings are slated for Feb. 3.

"This week is going to be a tough one," said Schultz. "We're looking forward to getting better this week and playing some great competition.

"Our district is stacked and is going to be very touh. This week will be a good one to help us prepare for that."

The boys will host Painesville Harvey on Feb. 1 and will go to West Geauga on Feb. 5. Boys tournament drawings will take place Feb. 10.

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