TALLMADGE — The defending Suburban League American Conference champions got all it could handle from a pesky Tallmadge squad on its home floor.
But the Aurora girls basketball team had a pair of siblings who the Lady Blue Devils simply couldn't stop.
They are Shyanne and Shayla Sellers.
The Lady Greenmen improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the American Conference after earning a hard-fought 42-38 victory over Tallmadge.
The contest took place Saturday at Tallmadge High School's James O. Maddox Court.
The Lady Blue Devils, who have just one returning starter from last season's team, dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Shyanne, a freshman guard, scored 17 of her game-high 18 points in the middle two quarters and also had 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Shayla, a junior guard, struggled with her shooting, but she blocked 3 shots, had 6 rebounds and found her younger sister a number of times for easy buckets in the second half.
"They do everything," Aurora head coach Erika Greenberg said of the Sellers' siblings. "They rebound, they score and they pass. They are so talented. They do an unbelievable amount for us."
Shyanne got a key offensive rebound on a missed front end of a one and one with her team leading 41-38 with less than 10 seconds left.
She iced the game by draining her second foul-shot attempt with 5.7 remaining.
"Both of them are so long," Tallmadge head coach Collin Epstein said off the Sellers' sisters. "We don't have a post player who can guard them. They would let them drive and kick. Shyanne made the difference in the second, third and fourth quarters."
Other players also answered the call during crunch time.
After Shyanne gave the Lady Greenmen the lead (38-36) for good with a tough jumper in traffic, junior guard/forward Haley Ross fearlessly scored a layup off the dribble in traffic.
Ross also made the foul shot to convert the 3-point play and give Aurora 41-36 advantage with 46.1 ticks left.
"Haley is our glue player," Greenberg said. "She does everything perfectly. She plays good defense and she's an excellent rebounder. She played the five for us last year. We've practiced with her at the one. She's super talented."
It was a good thing the Lady Greenmen found their stroke after the first nine-plus minutes of the game.
That's because Aurora could not buy a basket for a long stretch of the first half.
At one point, the Lady Greenmen missed 17 of 20 shots. Aurora also seemed to treat the basketball as if it were a grenade.
The Greenmen lost the ball nine times in the first quarter.
As a result, the Lady Blue Devils had a 16-7 lead after a layup by their lone starter from last winter, senior point guard Sara Johnson.
"I thought we played well in the first quarter," Epstein said. "They're a really good team. They play some tough opponents."
Despite its shooting woes, Aurora was able to slowly inch away back into the game mainly because of its defense.
In fact, Tallmadge did not score a single point in the final 6 minutes, 35 seconds of the first half.
The Lady Greenmen still struggled offensively, but they were able to draw some contact, make a few free throws and cut their deficit to one (16-15) at halftime.
Aurora carried its momentum early in the third quarter.
The Lady Greenmen scored the first six points of the period to complete a 14-0 run.
Ross' spin move and jumper gave Aurora a 21-16 advantage approximately 90 seconds into the second half.
But the Lady Blue Devils cranked up their defense to eventually tie the game.
Tallmadge got a few steals that turned into points and when junior forward Alex Perrin knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner early in the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 34.
However, the Lady Greenmen didn't panic when things didn't go their way.
Junior guard Becca Crawford answered with a very difficult reverse layup in traffic on the next possession.
"Becca is a move-in from Michigan," Greenberg said. "She is really athletic and she can shoot it. That reverse layup was a big momentum shift."
Ross added 9 points for Aurora and sophomore guard Jordyn Severns, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, and senior guard Andreana Gotto led the Lady Blue Devils with 8 points apiece.
The Lady Greenmen had a 25-21 advantage on the glass and committed 19 turnover.
Aurora shot just 31 percent (16 of 51) from the floor and made just 9 of 19 foul shots.
Tallmadge converted just 35 percent (12 of 34) of their field-goal attempts and had 26 turnovers.
But the Lady Blue Devils were much more reliable at the charity stripe (11 of 14).
"Overall, I was happy with what we did with our game plan," Epstein said. "We had a couple of breakdowns down the stretch.
"We're young. I feel good about our team as far as how we're competing and battling back. We just need to finish."
Although her team got the win, Greenberg hopes this is a wake-up call for the future.
"We were lackadaisical," she said. "We shot poorly. We're usually better than that. We missed a lot of layups. We're working on it. We've got some tough games coming up, so we better pick it up."
The Lady Greenmen earned a 36-25 win in the junior varsity game. Sophomore guard Kathleen Leonard led Aurora with 10 points and freshman Heather Baxter had 8 points for Tallmadge.
The Lady Greenmen are scheduled to visit American Conference rival Theodore Roosevelt Wednesday in Kent. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Aurora is scheduled to host American Conference foe Barberton Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
The Lady Blue Devils are set to visit Buchtel Wednesday in Akron. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Tallmadge is set visit Roosevelt Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.