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District 1 Class 6A Girls Basketball: Kylie Mulholland, Adamskis lead Garnet Valley into quarterfinals

CONCORD — It wasn’t the start Garnet Valley hoped for Wednesday but you had to appeciate the finish.

Kylie Mulholland scored 13 points and the Adamski sisters, Halie, Kylie and Addison combined for 22 points to lift the Jaguars to a 60-31 win over West Chester Henderson and a berth in the the quarterfinal round of the District 1 Class 6A basketball playoffs.

The Jaguars (21-4) oppose – stop me if you’ve heard this – Conestoga in the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Pioneers leveled Council Rock South and will host the Saturday game.

The Warriors (21-6), who got 18 points from senior Reese Hunter, are in the playback round Saturday where they will host Council Rock South.

The Jaguars sputtered in the first quarter as they pushed the ball up the floor but missed shots and turned the ball over. But they took control with a big second quarter and led by as many as 20 points in the second half.

“We haven’t played in 11 days because we got knocked out in the second round of our Central League playoffs,” Haylie Adamski said. “That was a tough loss for us. We knew this was going to be rough because Henderson is a good team and they have good players and they hustle. Conestoga? We have to try to make it 2-2. Play together and play smart.”

The big second and third quarters by Garnet Valley Wednesday were largely due to balanced play and the chemistry of the Adamskis, who all found themselves on the floor for stretches of the game. Haylie led the Adamskis with 10 points, Kylie chipped in eight and idential twin Addison added four points.

Haylie, a junior, sees more than teammates when she looks out on the floor, the familiarity with her freshmen siblings honed during shootaround sessions on the family driveway. Two baskets, not one.

“We’re very similar players, obviously,” said Haylie Adamski, a junior. “I’m older, so I’m more experienced on the high school level and I’ve helped them, but they’re doing great. It’s really amazing playing with them. I love it. I see them as my sisters but it’s just like a regular basketball team. We have a special connection because we’re related but we’re playing because we love the sport.”

The Warriors led 5-3 in the first quarter when Kylie Mulholland buried the first of four first-half threes.

The Jaguars outscored the Warriors 19-7 in the second quarter to grab a 27-14 lead at the intermission. At that time Conestoga had burst out to a 17-1 lead over Council Rock South, prompting Jaguars fans to anticipate a fourth game this season with the Pioneers, who are 2-1 and counting.

The cold shooting Warriors were anything but through though, Evans scoring on a three-point play, with a three-point shot and a layup to cut a 19-point lead to eight late in the third quarter.

“The kids played hard and they made things tough for Garnet, which was good to see,” Warriors coach Greta Neff said. “These girls fight. Whitney is dynamic and when she makes a shot or two everybody kind of gets on board. Bailey (Schalleur) hit a big three for us. And our girls have done that all  year. There is no quit in us. And I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for toughing it out tonight.”

But the night belonged to the Jaguars and the Adamskis. Kylie Adamski drilled a three and her older sister Haylie scored the last five points of the quarter, Haylie sinking three free throws after being fouled outside the arc to stake the Jaguars to a 43-27 lead entering the final frame.

Source: Berkshire mont

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