The third-seeded Grove City High School boys basketball team used swarming man-to-man defense to force 28 turnovers as it blasted Worthington Kilbourne 83-55 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at Olentangy Orange.

The third-seeded Grove City High School boys basketball team used swarming man-to-man defense to force 28 turnovers as it blasted Worthington Kilbourne 83-55 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at Olentangy Orange.

The Greyhounds improved to 19-2 and will play Lancaster in the second round Saturday at New Albany. Kilbourne finished 3-18.

"Our No. 1 assistant coach, Eric Saxton, is our man-to-man defensive coach and he does a great job of getting our kids to play hard-nosed defense," Grove City coach Greg Waits said. "We wanted to put pressure on their young point guard (freshman Brian Hanks) and we tried to take away the entry pass on the wing to make things tough for him. We got a lot of steals, and when you force that many turnovers, you're going to score on the other end."

The Greyhounds forced 20 turnovers in the first half and led 46-14 at halftime. Jon Smith had two dunks in a row and Kyler Ferguson made a free throw to give Grove City its biggest lead at 72-30 early in the fourth quarter. Smith finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Ryan Cosgray had 17 points and six rebounds.

"We went for the kill as soon as the buzzer sounded," Smith said. "That's the mentality we always play with."

For Kilbourne, Nathan Sparks had 16 points, Jack Burian had 12 and Tyler Klepek scored 11.

Grove City outrebounded Kilbourne 34-31 and was 30-for-63 from the floor. The Wolves were 20-for-43 from the floor.

"There's not much you can say about a game like this," Kilbourne coach Tom Souder said. "They're a good team. They all played extremely hard, and we had too many turnovers and didn't execute."