WADSWORTH — She is blessed with an array of talents not seen in most high school athletes.
Due to her otherworldly skills on the basketball court, she has been Aurora’s franchise player for the last two seasons.
But Shyanne Sellers doesn’t wear a cape. She also wasn’t born with magical powers or superhuman capabilities.
In many ways, the sophomore point guard is just like any other teenager.
She can be vulnerable, emotionally overwhelmed and quite simply, off her game from time to time.
On Thursday, Sellers resembled a typical teenager and not the rarefied maestro who can completely control a game by herself with remarkable ease.
Against a squad that has been among the elite for quite some time, Sellers’ usually reliable and potent magic wand didn’t function properly.
Believe it or not, her ineffectiveness may have been the best thing that could have ever happened to the Greenmen.
That’s because her less-heralded and gritty companions came to their woman of steel’s rescue.
Aurora picked up its biggest win of the season after stunning Suburban League National Conference heavyweight Wadsworth 38-36 on the Grizzlies’ home floor.
With the victory, the Greenmen, who also upset another National Conference juggernaut, Stow-Munroe Falls, earlier in the season, improved to 10-1.
Sellers finished with a team-high 13 points. But that total was her lowest of the season.
She struggled with her shot for much of the evening and committed some uncharacteristic turnovers.
Nonetheless, her teammates, who were, perhaps, fiercely motivated to make names for themselves, picked up the slack significantly.
Seeing her more underappreciated players rise to the occasion against a superior opponent was a captivating sight for 11th-year Aurora head coach Erika Greenberg.
Such a glorious vision could be a favorable indication when the Greenmen tackle some of the other imposing Division I behemoths in February.
"I almost think it was good for us," Greenberg said. "We rely on her (Sellers) so much. She struggled, but then Shay stepped up. And we had other kids step up."
One of Sellers’ resolute teammates Thursday evening happens to be made of the same flesh and blood.
Sellers’ older sister, Shayla, a gifted basketball player in her own right, put the Greenmen on her back when the situation was most dire.
Her steal and clutch free throws in the final seconds sealed the deal for Aurora, which won a school-record 21 games the previous winter.
"It’s definitely a confidence booster going up against one of these big dogs," Shayla said. "It definitely helps us in our focus on the postseason later in the season.
"It helps us in that we can play with these teams or even just hang with them. We can definitely hang with these type of teams in bigger conferences and bigger schools."
The older Sellers, who plans to continue her academic and basketball careers at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, could be found everywhere in just about every critical situation.
She had another steal on a previous possession and her 3-pointer off the glass from the left side of the key tied the game at 36. Shayla finished with 11 points and was, as always, an absolute stalwart on the defensive end.
"I think our kids believed they could come back," Greenberg said. "I felt we were in panic mode the whole game. I felt there was a lot of anxiety because Shyanne wasn’t playing well. She’s really emotional and that kind of plays off on the team."
The Greenmen didn’t let their emotions get the best of them during crunch time.
Trailing much of the way in the second half, the Aurora players seemed to thrive when their backs were pinned firmly against the wall.
Freshman guard Ava Ryncarz buried a crucial corner 3-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter to trim the Grizzlies’ advantage to 34-33.
Senior guard Haley Ross, who recently made a verbal commitment to play at Marietta College, also knocked down a pivotal triple when the Greenmen were down five late in the third period.
So yes, Aurora’s heart still beats even if its tank-top wearing wonder woman and her robust Lasso of Truth are neutralized.
In fact, the Greenmen’s ticker proved to be just as mighty against a fearsome opponent that Aurora could see again in a far more important clash down the road.
"It showed the other girls, ‘Listen, we can win with or without her (Sellers) playing a phenomenal game,’" Greenberg said. "We just have to play as a team."
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