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Aurora — The Greenman varsity girls basketball team is still searching for some consistency after losing six seniors to graduation from a 16-win squad.
Aurora has shown flashes, but not enough as the 1-11 Lady Greenmen fell 49-40 on Jan. 4 to visiting Gates Mills Hawken.
For stretches, Aurora played extremely well, and defensively held Hawken to just 16 field goals.
Veteran head coach Erika Greenberg (59 wins in five-plus years) is looking for her squad to improve defensively and gain maturity. Korie Hobbs played well for Aurora and finished with 11 points.
“We are playing hard most of the time, but need to work on being more consistent and not take any time off,” stressed Greenberg. “We just need to play all four quarters.”
Maria Mims added 8 points, while Hanna Garnek scored 7 points, including five converted free throws. April Davis added 6 points, Syarra Sellers had 4, Logan Huffman 2,and Katie McCoy also had a bucket.
Hannah O’Day paced Hawken (5-6) with 17 points. Emily Oliver netted 12 and Alyssa Hunt had 9.
Meanwhile, on Dec. 30, Aurora travelled to face a strong Ravenna squad (8-4) and lost 58-30. A 35-11 first half by the Ravens put the Greenmen in a hole.
“We need to work on improving defensively; we have a hard time getting stops. However, Ravenna is a very talented team that has been playing well,” said Greenberg.
Garnek punched in 10 points to lead the attack, while Hobbs and Mims each had 8 markers. Huffman tallied 3 points and Sellers added a free throw.
Ravenna, which had a huge height advantage, was led by Deja Sanders with 14 points, while 6-3 center Nicole Simpson had 12 and 6-1 forward Taylor Geib had 10.
A scheduled game Jan. 3 against Cleveland Glenville was canceled.
A lot of Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division games are coming up in the second half of the season, starting with tonight’s (Jan. 8) contest against Chagrin Falls at home. The squad then travels to West Geauga on Jan. 11. AHS is 1-2 in the division so far.
BOYS SPLIT PAIR OF GAMES
In boys basketball, host Aurora (3-7) won 72-59 over Parma Padua (1-8) on Dec. 30, but lost 65-47 to Painesville Harvey in a CVC game on Jan. 4.
In the win over Padua, the Greenmen scored 45 second half points, which is a season high. Down 13-12, Aurora had a 15-6 second quarter to seize a 27-19 halftime lead.
Aurora won despite Bruin guard Danny Paulitzky exploding for 30 points. Coach Jim Wallish saw his troops feature a balance attack.
Joe Roberto led with 12 points, followed by Anthony Quaranto and Michael Durkin with 11 each, Joe Dinardo 10 points, Pavel Galchenko and Parker Blunt 9 each, Kyle Fayne 4 points, Drew Daff 3 and Paul Kollat 3.
Scoring for Aurora in the Painesville Harvey contest was not available.
The Greenmen boys (1-2 in the CVC Chagrin Division) were scheduled to face West Geagua in a division game on Jan. 7, but extremely cold weather threatened to postpone that game. They are slated to host Kenston on Jan. 10 in a CVC game and then go to Crestwood on Jan. 11 for a non-league game.