Down and just about out, the Aurora girls basketball team’s regular-season dominance against its conference foes was in peril Saturday.
And then an unexpected miracle happened. Three of them, actually.
As a result, the Greenmen’s impressive winning streak against their conference rivals continued.
By a whisker.
Host Aurora improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Suburban League American Conference after earning a thrilling 58-56 victory over Highland Saturday.
It was the second straight nailbiter for the Greenmen, who edged conference rival Barberton 50-49 Wednesday at home.
Fortunately for Aurora, style points don’t apply to wins. Thus, the Greenmen have now won 30 straight conference games dating back to the 2016-17 season.
This one had a little bit of everything.
The Greenmen were outscored 21-0 in the third period. As a result, the Hornets led 48-36 heading into the final quarter.
Aurora actually trailed by as many as 14 with five minutes left. Although the Greenmen made a furious charge, the game appeared to be over when they trailed by six with approximately a minute to go.
The Aurora players begged to differ, though.
Thanks to a pair of clutch 3-pointers by sophomore guard Ava Ryncarz and a steal and two free throws by junior point guard Shyanne Sellers, the Greenmen took a 58-56 lead with nine seconds left.
The Hornets’ 3-point attempt in the closing seconds did not find the hoop and the amazing comeback was complete.
Sellers, who struggled a bit in her last game, scored a game-high 32 points for Aurora. She made all seven of her free-throw attempts. Ryncarz added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.