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Kennett forward hits milestone in defeat

WEST FALLOWFIELD — How fitting is it that Kennett’s Jackson Hyland scored his 1,000th-career point at a school located on Highland Road?

Very.

With 47 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Hyland was sent to the foul line with 10 points to his credit, needing one more to reach the 1,000 mark for his career. With ease Hyland sank the foul shot as the crowd huddled behind Kennett’s bench erupted. It was a small celebration for Hyland, taking it in even though his team was on its way to being down at the half.

“It’s just another milestone,’ said Hyland humbly. “Obviously it was a burden for a little bit and I am just glad to get it off my chest. It’s just another step.’

Hyland only briefly stole the show as Kennett was defeated by Octorara 65-55 in their Ches-Mont League American Division game at Octorara High School on Tuesday night.

Hyland finished the game with 29 points while being perfect (10-of-10) from the free-throw line. The win, coupuled with Rustin’s loss to Great Valley, put the Braves in the first place in the American by themselves.

Kennett’s (1-5, 6-8) head coach, Brian Urig took zero credit when talking about the senior’s individual accomplishments.

“He works very hard at his craft,’ He said. “He works all year round and the last year and a half he has really blossomed into quite a player and that’s reflective of the work he’s put in. So it’s fun to watch a young man take the craft seriously and get some personal recognition for it because it’s a great accomplishment.’

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