Girls' hoops season is done; Solon triumphs in sectional

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published:

Aurora -- When the No. 23 seed in the new-look sectional basketball tournaments face a No. 1 seed, there typically is not a serious threat for an upset.

Aurora's girls squad didn't pull off any upset in a Division I first round 93-25 loss at top-seeded Solon on Feb. 15, but the young Greenmen gained valuable experience.

"The girls tried, but just could not match up with Solon," said Aurora coach Erika Greenberg, whose club ended the season at 5-18 overall.

The Comets, 20-3 overall and ranked 11th in Ohio, set the tone early in the game by exploding out of the gate with a 29-7 first quarter.

As expected, the guard-heavy Comets, who also have one of the area's most tested post players in Alexis Gray, vaulted ahead by their defensive pressure. Solon used its full court press to rattle and force tempo against the young Lady Greenmen.

By the half, it was 53-13, and Aurora had 21 turnovers in the first half. The Comets put up 82 points through three quarters.

Leading the Solon barrage was lead guard and Maryland recruit Kristen Confroy, who exploded for 30 points.

"They pressured and pressed us in the first half, and we turned the ball over too much and did not shoot the ball well at all," said Greenberg. "Solon is the No. 1 seed for a reason. They will have a great tournament run."

Freshman forward Syarra Sellers played well for Aurora and led the team with 11 points.

The 5-foot-8 Sellers scored her career high of 11 points on three occasions this winter, also amassing that many against Painesville Riverside and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin.

Another freshman -- guard April Davis -- scored five points, while senior guard Hanna Garnek had four. Freshmen Joyelle Owens and Korie Hobbs netted two points each and Maria Mims added a free throw.

"Freshmen combined to score 18 of our 25 points," pointed out Greenberg. "Hopefully, we will improve in future years as they mature. But our seniors did a great job of trying to lead this young team."

Solon was aided by the play of Jordan Bekelja (16 points) and Alexis Stover (15).

Aurora has only two seniors -- forward Kali Bachman and Garnek. "They really have put a lot of time and energy into basketball, and were great role models for the younger players," said Greenberg.

Meanwhile, in their final regular season game, the Greenmen easily prevailed over Western Reserve Academy of Hudson, 55-25.

Davis led the way with 12 points and Hobbs also scored in double figures with 10. Jenna Domos added 6 and Logan Huffman 5.

The win over WRA was the only one this year against a non-league opponent. The locals finished 4-6 in the Chagrin Valley Conference, as Chagrin Falls won the Chagrin Division title, Kirtland claimed the Valley Division and Beachwood and Cuyahoga Heights shared the Metro crown.

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