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Sellers market: Aurora sophomore frustrates Highland

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    Highland's Kendall McCormick goes up for a shot against Aurora's Shayla Sellers during the second quarter.

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    Highland's Lindsey Frederick goes up for a shot against Aurora's Madison Burick during the second quarter.

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GRANGER TWP. — There is still a lot of basketball left in the Sellers family, and that was on display Wednesday night in the Aurora girls basketball team’s 50-36 Suburban League American Conference win over Highland.

Shyanne Sellers, the daughter of former Ohio State standout and 1986 first-round NBA Draft pick Brad Sellers, proved the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when she lifted the Greenmen (5-0, 4-0) to a coast-to-coast win over the Hornets (3-3, 1-2).

“She’s a horrible matchup for people,” Aurora coach Erika Greenberg said. “She’s so tall, but she’s so athletic. She plays our one as a biggest player. People have a really hard time figuring out who guards her and how to switch onto her. If a big guards her, she’ll go right by. If a little guards her, we’ll post her up. It’s tough.”

Highland found that out the hard way against the 6-foot-1 point guard, who led all scorers with 24 points and tied for game highs with 10 rebounds and four assists.

What’s more, the sophomore can hit from the outside as well as drive the lane.

The University of Pittsburgh and Michigan State made the trek to Granger Township to watch her play, as did Marietta. The three have competition from Ohio State, Indiana, Florida State, Florida, Purdue and Louisville.

They’ll be plenty more offers for Sellers’ services if what she did against the Hornets continues.

“She’s one of the best players in the area,” Highland coach James Madison said. “Obviously, we lost a few times. She had some good looks. She’s not going to miss those. We didn’t do a very good job of making it tough on her.

“You put so much focus and attention on her that you leave other people open. You can’t guard everybody with a player of her caliber. Give credit to them when they needed a basket they got it.”

Aurora was the recipient of some easy looks largely in part because of Sellers, who drilled many of her six 3-pointers from well behind the arc.

When Sellers (25.0 ppg) did drive, players like Dylynn Lasky (8 points) and Madison Burick (6) were the recipients of easy buckets.

“She’s just one of those players that can do everything,” Hornets forward Kendall McCormick said. “Our team doesn’t match up well with that. We have tall people, but they can’t defend guards well, so there’s a little bit of an issue with that. I play with her on my AAU team (Score More Athletic Club), so it’s always fun to play her and see her.”

While Highland, which was led by McCormick’s 12 points and eight rebounds, never gave up, it was an uphill battle from the start.

Sellers scored five points in the first quarter and the Greenmen opened with a 9-0 run and closed with a 6-0 stretch.

“All the adrenaline is running, and it’s like we have to get going good,” McCormick said. “Then that happens and it’s kind of like, ‘Eh.’ It definitely makes you look a lot harder. You just have to have the motivation to do it and the heart.”

Highland closed to 25-17 at halftime. Things went south after that as Aurora opened on a 13-2 run.

“We missed a few easy ones, and we needed to make those to keep the game close,” Madison said. “They went on their run and instead of being down six or four points, we go down 10. Then they go on that run and it kind of blew the game out.”

Note

Savannah Podolan scored eight points to lead the Highland junior varsity to a 34-14 win.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.

Aurora 50, Highland 36

AURORA 15 10 17 8 — 50

HIGHLAND 5 12 10 9 — 36

Aurora — Shayla Sellers 1-0-2, Dylynn Lasky 4-0-8, Haley Ross 0-0-0, Julia Mazanec 1-0-2, Shyanne Sellers 9-0-24, Mika Dalton 1-0-3, Madison Burick 3-0-6, Ava Ryncarz 1-3-5, Katie Houlahan 0-0-0, Eliza Wykoff 0-0-0, Ashley Reuhr 0-0-0, Becca Crawford 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20-3-50.

Highland — Kendall McCormick 3-3-12, Lindsey Frederick 3-0-6, Alexis Furyes 2-0-4, Brooke Stuart 0-0-0, Tess Myers 2-0-5, Madison Miller 0-2-2, Lauren Frederick 1-0-3, Colleen Flannery 0-0-0, Taryn Kenny 1-2-4. TOTALS: 12-7-36.

3-point goals — Shy. Sellers 6, Dalton, McCormick 3, Myers, La. Frederick. Rebounds — Aurora 36 (Shy. Sellers, Mazanec 10), Highland (McCormick 8). Assists — Aurora 14 (Shy. Sellers, Lasky 4), Highland 8 (Myers 2). Records — Aurora (5-0, 4-0), Highland (3-3, 1-2). Junior varsity — Highland 34, Aurora 14.

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