Aurora Central senior Shaya Kelley (2), center, ties up a Hinkley player for the ball during the Trojans’ 62-45 win over the Thunder on Jan. 24, 2023, at Aurora Central H.S. Kelley scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and 30 in the game as Aurora Central rallied to win. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | Shaya Kelley beat the final buzzer with a bank-shot 3-pointer Tuesday night that brought the Aurora Central faithful to its feet in celebration.

The shot from a few steps beyond the 3-point line was the cherry on top of a 30-point individual effort for Kelley and capped a mass fourth-quarter rally for the host Trojans, who rallied from a one-point deficit to defeat rival Hinkley 62-45.

Kelley far surpassed her previous season high of 18 points, while senior Stacy Sikfrit added 12 and freshman Jamaea Johnson-Gonzalez 11 for coach Joseph Hill’s Aurora Central team, which snapped a two-game losing streak and evened its overall record at 7-7.

Hinkley got 25 points from senior Emma Josephson, whose layup just prior to the horn in the third quarter put her team ahead by a point. Senior Karen Peprah added eight and senior Leilah Swanson six for coach Todd Doherty’s team, which dropped to 2-13.

The Thunder tallied 17 points in the third quarter to take a 36-35 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Kelley stole a pass and went coast-to-coast for a layup that put the Trojans in front. Kelley had three more baskets and a pair of free throws during a 16-2 run to open the period and she finished with 17 in the final period.

Aurora Central turns right around for a Colorado League home game at 7 p.m. Thursday, while Hinkley plays host to Northglenn at 7 p.m. Friday in City League play.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

Aurora Central 62, Hinkley 45

Score by quarters:

Hinkley          7  12  17    9 — 45

Aur. Central  19    6  11  26 — 62

Hinkley points: Emma Josephson 25, Karen Peprah 8, Leilah Swanson 6, Gianni Monroe 4, Vivian Bravo 2. Aurora Central points: Shaya Kelley 30, Stacy Sikfrit 12, Jamaea Johnson-Gonzalez 11, Alayna McClain 8, Aditi Arreola 1

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