BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hornets defeat Belfry, end losing skid

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GOODY - The Magoffin County Hornets halted a five-game losing skid on Thursday night, toppling the host Belfry Pirates 73-61. 

Magoffin County featured four scorers in double figures. Leading the Hornets to the win, junior guard Trenton Russell scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. 

Magoffin County shot 62.2 percent (23-of-37) from the field. The Hornets finished 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the free throw line. 

Accompanying Russell in double figures, Jaren Lovely scored 16 points, Josh Poe tossed in 12 and Jacob Isaac added 10 for the winning team. 

Ryan Mullins flirted with double figures, finishing with nine points for the Hornets.

The Hornets led at the conclusion of each quarter. Opening the game on an offensive tear, Magoffin County outscored Belfry 25-14 in the first quarter. The Hornets led 41-32 at halftime.

The Hornets managed to outrebound Belfry 31-23.

Rounding out the Magoffin County scoring, Dylan Arnett and Leighton Hensley chipped in three points apiece. 

Poe and Isaac and pulled down eight rebounds each for Magoffin County in the non-district win. 

Belfry shot 33.3 percent (22-of-66) from the field. The Pirates were 11-of-36 (306 percent) from 3-point range. 

Belfry finished 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. 

Junior guard Nathan Copley led Belfry with a game-high 22 points. Xondre Willis, playing out of a reserve role, added 12 points for the Pirates in the loss. 

Aiding Belfry in the non-district matchup, Garrett Fannin and Trey Price added seven points apiece.

The Pirates struggled to keep up with Magoffin County in one of the Hornets’ best offensive performances of the season. 

Belfry suffered its third straight loss, falling for the eighth time in 10 games. 

Familiar 15th Region foes Magoffin County and Belfry aren’t scheduled to meet again this season.

Magoffin County 73, Belfry 61
Magoffin County (73): Russell 20, Lovely 16, Isaac 10, Hensley 3, Poe 12, Mullins 9, Arnett 3.
Belfry (61): Fannin 7, Copley 22, Dillon 4, Price 7, Woolum 6, Willis 12, Carr 3.
Magoffin County.......25  16  15  17-73
Belfry.........................14  18  12  17-61

 

Morgan County holds off Hornets

WEST LIBERTY - Magoffin County fell short in its bid to claim a second straight win on Friday. Host Morgan County turned back Magoffin County, topping the Hornets 72-62 in a boys’ high school basketball game.

 

The Cougars won despite shooting only 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field. Connecting more often on shots taken beyond the arc, Morgan County shot 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point range. 

The Cougars shot 82.4 percent (28-of-34) from the free throw line. 

Junior guard Jordan Perry poured in a game-high 32 points for Morgan County in the win. Joining Perry in double figures, senior guard Holden Redparth pushed in 17 points for the Cougars. 

Barely missing a double-double, Redparth pulled down nine rebounds for Morgan County in the non-district victory. 

Ryan Adams added eight points for Morgan County, which won for the third time in four outings. 

Magoffin County shot 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from the field. The Hornets were 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County, which played its second game in as many nights and took the floor for the third time in four days, shot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the free throw line. 

The Hornets outrebounded Morgan County 39-34 in the short effort. 

Sophomore guard Trenton Russell paced Magoffin County with a double-double consisting of 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

Joining Russell in double figures in the Magoffin County scoring column. Jaren Lovely netted 19 points for the Hornets. 

Ryan Mullins scored eight points, Jacob Isaac six and Josh Poe five for the Hornets.

Rounding out the Magoffin County scoring, Dylan Arnett and Leighton Hensley netted two points each.

The Hornets are slated to host Morgan County for a late-season non-district game on Feb. 19. 

Magoffin County exited last week with regular-season games remaining versus Morgan County, Johnson Central, Betsy Layne, East Ridge, South Floyd, Breathitt County, Prestonsburg, Sheldon Clark and Shelby Valley. 

 

Magoffin County falls at Sheldon Clark 

INEZ - Longtime 57th District rival Sheldon Clark prevented Magoffin County from ending a losing skid on Tuesday (Jan. 20), defeating the visiting Hornets 78-60.

 

Sheldon Clark claimed its sixth straight win. 

Magoffin County suffered its fifth straight loss.

The offensive-heavy Cardinals shot 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the field. Sheldon Clark fared even better beyond the arc, shooting 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from 3-point range. 

The Cardinals shot 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the free throw line. 

In a balanced offensive effort, four Sheldon Clark players reached double figures in the scoring column. 

Sophomore guard Dylan James led Sheldon Clark with a game-high 23 points, game-best 11 rebounds and four assists. Following James in the Sheldon Clark scoring column, senior guard Chase Parsley provided 21 points and dished out a game-high 14 assists. A proven floorleader, Parsley exited the district game turnover-free. 

Marvin Albrecht and Kaleb Sturgill added 10 points apiece for the Cardinals in the victory. 

Narrowly missing double figures, Bradley Dalton netted nine points for Sheldon Clark in the district win. 

Sheldon Clark edged Magoffin County 29-27 in the rebounding column. 

Magoffin County shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the field. The Hornets also fared well from long range, draining 10-of-20 3-point field goal attempts.

 

Magoffin County finished 6-of-9 from the free throw line. 

Sophomore guard Trenton Russell paced Magoffin County with a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore guard Jaren Lovely scored 15 points and junior forward Jacob Isaac contributed 13 as three Magoffin County players reached double figures in the scoring column. Flirting with double figures, junior guard Leighton Hensley netted nine points for the Hornets.

 

Rounding out the Magoffin Co. scoring, Ryan Mullins and Brady Whitaker chipped in three points apiece. 

Sheldon Clark exited the district atop the 15th Region standings. Currently, the Cardinals rank ahead of three-time defending 15th Region champion Johnson Central. 

Magoffin Co. is scheduled to host Sheldon Clark for a 57th District game on Feb. 13.