AURORA -- Defense has helped Aurora's girls basketball team to win all season long. And in a huge league war at Revere, the Greenmen hit some key shots and made some critical free throws down the stretch to win 44-38.
The win Jan. 28 pushed Aurora to 8-1 in the Suburban League American Conference as Revere dipped to 7-2. Tallmadge is also 7-2.
Aurora, 13-3 overall, hosted Medina Highland (9-7, 4-3) in league play Jan. 30, but final results weren't available as of this writing.
In upcoming league action, Aurora plays at Copley tonight (Feb. 1) and hosts Tallmadge (14-3) in a crucial league test Feb. 15 in the regular season finale.
"We have a big week this week playing two more conference games in the next couple of days," noted head coach Erika Greenberg after the big win.
The Greenmen host Parma on Feb. 8 in non-league action, plus visit Willoughby South on Feb. 11 and travel to Chardon on Feb. 13.
"It was a great game with a lot of energy," said Greenberg about the Revere win. "It was their senior day and the gym was so loud. It was the best environment we have played in this season."
Aurora started out with a 9-2 run to start the game and then hit an offensive lull as the Minutemen (11-5) went on a 9-2 spurt of their own.
The offensive woes continued for the Lady Greenmen in the second stanza as Revere pushed its lead to 7 at the half.
"I thought the second quarter was rough for us," said Greenberg. "We really had a hard time scoring, but we cut the lead to 3 at the end of the third quarter and were right back in the game."
A back-and-forth final period saw Aurora command a 1-point lead, when with just over one minute left, sophomore Shayla Sellers converted a 3-point play to extend that slim lead to 4.
"Revere had to start fouling us and we made our free throws to seal the game," the coach noted.
Senior guard April Davis was the beneficiary of some of those trips to the charity stripe. She netted 17 points to lead Aurora.
Sellers, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard-forward, put in 15 points and senior forward Syarra Sellers popped in 12.
"I am so proud of how much heart our team played with. They really wanted that win and did what it took to pull the game out," said Greenberg.
Other seniors on the roster are guard-forward Sarah Marchese and guard Korie Hobbs.
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