AURORA — It was a matchup of conference superpowers in the Suburban League.
Unfortunately, one of those juggernauts has been reeling due to major injuries.
As for the other?
Everything seems to be hunky-dory.
The host Aurora girls basketball team picked up its sixth consecutive victory after routing Wadsworth 60-37 Wednesday.
The Greenmen, who have won the last three American Conference championships, improved to 6-1. The Grizzlies, a powerhouse in the National Conference since the Suburban League was expanded in 2015, dropped to 4-3 overall.
Aurora, despite dealing with some academic stress right before the holidays, raced out of the gates to a 24-11 lead and didn’t look back.
"I thought we came out ready to play," Greenmen head coach Erika Greenberg said. "It’s a mid-term week for us, so I was a little bit worried about how we were going to come out.
"We tried to take them [the Grizzlies] out of their offense. We wanted to try to trap and scramble and not let them get set. I thought the girls executed the game plan really well. I am proud of our effort."
As for Wadsworth, it had lots of trouble with Aurora’s pressure. The Grizzlies committed 13 turnovers in the first half.
The fact that Wadsworth was missing some key people didn’t help matters either.
Two players are out of the lineup due to knee injuries, including senior guard E’Anna Won, who recently made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
The Grizzlies also lost senior wing Taylor Leatherman, who left the game early in the second quarter with a leg injury.
At the same time, though, the Greenmen, who reached the Division I regional competition last winter, are a tough opponent for just about anyone.
A major reason for that happens to be their once-in-a-generation junior point guard.
Shyanne Sellers scored a game-high 27 points and found open teammates throughout the evening to lead Aurora.
Sellers, who is drawing interest from Division I colleges throughout the country, was her usual breathtaking self despite sitting out the fourth quarter and much of the second period.
Sellers picked up her second foul with a little more than six minutes left in the first half.
"She executed well; she shot well; she made good decisions with the ball," Greenberg said of Sellers. "She kind of leads our trap up top too."
She sure did.
Sellers has become force defensively this winter. Thanks to her active hands and superhuman quickness, Sellers seemed to get in the Grizzlies’ heads whenever she was on the floor.
"I think her defense is coming along," Greenberg said. "She’s moving her feet much better; she’s quicker. She’s doing a good job on the ball."
The Greenmen also got 12 points from their usually reliable senior guard, Dylynn Lasky, who had been in a little slump in recent weeks.
"She had been struggling scoring, so this is a good game for her to get into double digits," Greenberg said of Lasky. "She always plays great defense and she always crashes the boards. To get some points was good for her."
Sophomore guards Ava Ryncarz and Mika Dalton contributed eight and seven points, respectively, for Aurora. Junior point guard Maggie Long led Wadsworth with 13 points.
The Greenmen also put on ball-moving clinics at times. There was one sequence where Sellers fired a pass to junior guard Mya Neal on the left side. After surveying the floor for about a second or two, Neal connected with 6-foot-2 senior forward Eliza Wykoff, who made a sharp cut to the basket. Wykoff easily made the layup in stride.
"I think we are moving the ball much better," Greenberg said. "We had a drought where we didn’t play good team basketball. Now I think we’re getting back into moving the ball and finding the open player. It was a great play."
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