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Aurora -- It's the right time of the season to gain some momentum and the Aurora varsity girls basketball team showed some life with a big home win over West Geauga last week.
The Greenmen prevailed 48-37 on Feb. 8 to move to 4-17 overall and 4-6 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.
A 12-5 first quarter got Aurora rolling as the locals kept extending the lead. It was 23-12 at the half as Aurora's defense was top-notch. The Greenmen outscored the Wolverines 14-8 in the third.
Pacing AHS was Hanna Garnek with 13 points and Logan Huffman with 12. Syarra Sellers added 10, April Davis 7 points -- plus playing solid defense -- Korie Hobbs 3, Kali Bachman 2 and Maria Mims 1. Bachman and Garnek are the team's only seniors.
On Feb. 4, Aurora lost 53-43 in overtime to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, which had a 16-7 advantage in the extra session. NDCL was a sizzling 12 of 14 at the free throw line in OT.
Aurora showed some resilience and used a huge 16-7 fourth quarter to battle back from a 15-point deficit and force the extra period.
"The girls played tough and fought to get back into the game, and to tie it," said head coach Erika Greenberg. "They hit their free throws."
"In the win against West G, we played together as a team and it was nice to see our defense come through. It was great to see the girls have fun playing together."
Sellers scored 11 points and Huffman tacked on 10, including 7 at the free throw line. Hobbs tallied 8, Bachman 6, Garnek 5, McCoy 2 and Davis a free throw.
On Feb. 3, Aurora fell 47-42 to Painesville Riverside in a non-league game. Riverside was 9 for 11 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
"The girls played really well and hung tough, but we just couldn't finish out the game," said Greenberg.
Sellers led the way with 11 points, Huffman had 9 and Mims and Davis each had 6.
Greenberg is looking for consistency as the team prepares for the Division I sectional-district. The 12-team Kenston field is blended with the 12-team Perry field this year under a new format.
"We were ranked 23rd out of the 24 teams in our bracket," said Greenberg.
The blended district features an opportunity where a school has a choice between two districts based on its seed. Aurora will face top-seeded Solon on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at Solon.
"Obviously, this will be a very difficult game to play, but hopefully the girls will do their best against a strong team. They are preparing for a very tough game."
The Greenmen end the regular season tonight (Feb. 13) at home against Western Reserve Academy.