Sellers superb as Greenmen move to 5-0 in league play
Shyanne Sellers scored 26 points as the Aurora Greenmen continued their recent dominance over the Highland Hornets with a 51-36 Suburban League American Division win Saturday afternoon.
The victory marked Aurora's ninth straight against Highland, dating back to the 2016-17 campaign, though the Hornets had played the Greenmen very tough prior to Saturday's contest.
Less than two weeks ago, Aurora recorded a 56-50 home decision, and in two games against the Hornets a season ago, the Greenmen won by two points and one point.
Sellers made sure that this time around things would not be nearly as close.
Tied at two, Sellers nailed the first of her four 3-pointers on the day to make it 5-2. Moments later, the senior standout pulled up on top of the arc and swished another from deep, and not long thereafter, drained another 3-ball from nearly the same spot to suddenly make it an 11-2 game.
And that was pretty much the ballgame.
With her first nine points coming via the 3-pointer, Sellers then started going to the hoop with a variety of high floaters and layups. And when she wasn't looking to score herself, she fed teammates such as junior Mika Dalton and freshman Samantha Stask, who combined for 13 points and three 3-pointers.
"She played unbelievable, give her credit," said Hornets coach James Madison of Sellers. "She just made play after play after play and it is hard to double-team her because she is a great passer."
Greenmen junior Ava Ryncarz complemented Sellers with 10 points, all of which came in the paint.
Aurora coach Erika Greenberg spoke of the impact that Sellers brings to her team:
"She really brings so much to the floor. Her threat opens everybody else up. You can't pack it in, because we have shooters on the outside. And if you cover the shooters, now Shy can do what she wants in the paint. Having her brings a whole different level to the game and it is really hard to stop."
The story for the Hornets on the afternoon was their collective failure to get the ball to drop. For the game, Highland shot a very chilly 12-of-60 from the field for a 20% success rate. Thanks to their aggressive work on the offensive glass, second-chance points were there for the taking, but the Hornets just couldn't capitalize.
"We did not shoot well, that is for sure," said Madison. "Not going to win too many games shooting 12-for-60. We have to shore that up and work on that this upcoming week."
Aurora, now 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the American with a date with Revere coming up this week, hit just under 40% of its field-goal tries but did make seven 3-pointers.
"I thought this was a really good team win. We moved the ball well, found our open shooters," said Greenberg. "Our defense could be a little better, but I thought they did exactly what we needed to do. We did a good job."
Kendall McCormick, who recently surpassed 1,000 career points, led the Hornets (11-5, 4-2) with 17. She only had five in the first half as Aurora built a 30-15 lead at the break. The 5-foot-9 senior also had the task of guarding Sellers a good portion of the game.
"She is their driving force so we really focused on her," said Greenberg of McCormick. "We tried to deny her and not let her get the ball back. I thought she got too many in the second half for my liking, but she is a really good little player. It is hard to stop her. She can shoot the 3, attack and she is quick. It is hard to defend her."
The Greenmen play host to Revere on Wednesday and are home to Copley on Saturday.