AURORA -- Aurora's girls basketball program has not won a league title since 1927, but the varsity team hopes to gain at least a share of the Suburban League American Conference championship this year.
And tonight (Feb. 15) will determine the outcome, as AHS takes its 9-2 conference mark into the league finale at home against Tallmadge.
"This game is a big one for us," pointed out Greenmen head coach Erika Greenberg.
Tallmadge (17-4) recently lost to Revere (14-6, 8-2), which going into this week still had games against Copley and Barberton. The Blue Devils are 8-3 in the conference.
"If we beat Tallmadge, we could win or share the conference title, which we have not done in a very long time," said Greenberg. "The last conference title won by Aurora was in 1927."
Aurora edged scrappy Willoughby South 47-37 (2-20 overall) in a non-league road clash Feb. 11 and is 15-5 overall. The locals were to play Chardon on Feb. 13.
After a 16-12 first period lead, the Greenmen could only score six points in the second period as the Rebels hung around, trailing 22-20 at the half. A 13-3 third stanza put the stamp on the win.
Sophomore forward-guard Shayla Sellers put in 13 points to lead Aurora, while senior guard Korie Hobbs had 11 and senior forward Syarra Sellers added 10. Other scorers were Haley Ross with 6, and freshman Dylynn Lasky and sophomore Riley Blunt with 2 each.
Earlier last week, Aurora blew a 28-19 halftime lead in a non-league battle against Parma Senior, which went on to win 46-43.
Parma, 14-7 overall, outscored the Lady Greenmen 27-15 in the second half as the shooting went cold. The loss spoiled a strong outing by Syarra Sellers, who registered 15 points. Shayla Sellers had 11.
Hobbs netted 7 points for Aurora, while senior guard April Davis and Ross each had 3 points. Junior wing Morgan Riedel added 2.
The No. 6-seeded Greenmen will host a first-round sectional game Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. against No. 7 seed Nordonia (11-10).
If Aurora wins, it will play a sectional final Feb. 23 at Maple Heights at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the Feb. 27 district semifinal at Euclid at 6 p.m.
Greenberg is excited about the postseason, but first needs her club to finish out the regular season. "I'm m very proud of our team for putting themselves in a position to compete for a conference title."
"Everyone has worked very hard to get to this point. Our seniors have really turned our program around, as in their freshman year we won only four games."
Nordonia is young and is paced by 5-8 sophomore Soleil Barnes, one the brightest young guards in the Suburban League National Conference.
Other top players for Nordonia are veteran guard Sarah Turley, 5-11 freshman post Lizzie Imrie and freshman guard Dominique Evans.
It will mark the second time this winter that Aurora has faced Nordonia, as the Knights won 46-41 in late November.