Opportunistic Garnet Valley outruns Kennett

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By Neil Geoghegan

 It was a season-opening high school hoops matchup pitting two teams that want to push the pace. But on Friday at the Unionville Tip-Off Tournament, the Garnet Valley boys were able to do that much more effectively than Kennett, and the Jaguars ran off with a 75-52 victory.

“We aren’t very big, so we like to run,” Garnet Valley coach Mike Brown said. “Half-court offense just doesn’t suit us.”

In all, the Jags forced 19 turnovers, and then it was off to the races. It meant that Garnet Valley simply had more transition opportunities, and with junior guard Austin Laughlin leading the way, Kennett was never going to be able to keep up.

“Our turnovers led to more than 20 points for (Garnet Valley),” Kennett coach Brian Grashof said. “That just killed us. And when we made those mistakes, we just didn’t get back on defense.”

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