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Aurora tops College Heights girls in Warrior Classic

Jan. 31—Aurora's Kylee Cole netted 32 points, including five three pointers, to lead the Aurora girls basketball team to a 66-31 win over College Heights in their semifinal game of the Mercy/Warrior Classic on Wednesday at McAuley High School.

Aurora held an early 5-2 lead before a Maddy Colin score evened the game at 5-5. Aurora answered with a nine-point run courtesy of a Makena Hall 3-pointer and a pair of treys by Cole.

College Heights' Libby Fanning stopped the run with a bucket at 3:35 to make it 14-7, but Aurora outscored the Cougars 13-2 down the stretch, including a Cole lay up as the clock ticked down in the first period with Aurora leading 27-9 and Cole having netted 12 points in the first frame.

A Fanning score and a free throw made it 27-12 to open the second period, but Cole answered with her third of five threes in the game to put Aurora up 30-12.

Aurora led by as many as 27 points at 42-15 before Fanning scored in the paint to close the half with the Cougars down 42-17.

College Heights opened the second half on a 6-0 run capped off by a Kinley Marsh bucket to make it 45-23, but Cole found the bottom of the net with her fourth trey of the night to stop the College Heights attempt at a rally. Cole struck again seconds later with her final 3-pointer to put Aurora up 51-23 with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

Aurora built its lead to 31 at 57-26, but College Heights' Allie Stout hit a trey at the buzzer to make it 57-29.

A 30-point lead and running clock came 20 seconds into the final frame when Cole scored to make it 59-29. Cole followed with another score to cap her 32-point night. Aurora outscored the Cougars 5-2 in the final five minutes to capture the 66-31 semifinal win.

In addition to Cole's 32 points, Hall had 12 for Aurora.

Fanning led College Heights with 15 points, while Marsh had 6.

With the win, Aurora (18-2) advances to Saturday's championship game, and will face Providence (18-4) at 2 p.m.

Providence advanced earlier in the night with a 71-43 win over Lamar. The Cougars will play Lamar at 11 a.m. Saturday for third place.