BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hornets win three of four games

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SALYERSVILLE - The young Magoffin County Hornets have won three of their last four games. Magoffin County is playing some of its best basketball thus far in the 2017-18 season after suffering through a nine-game losing streak earlier in the campaign. 

Magoffin County returned to the win column on Saturday, Dec. 23 when it outlasted former 57th District rival Lawrence County 59-54 in the Hi-Tech Signs & Graphix Holiday Classic. 

Initially, Magoffin County wasn't able to carry much momentum from the win over former district foe Lawrence County into its next holiday tournament.

Still, the Hornets continued to show much improvement.

Longtime 14th Region powerhouse Perry County Central had to battle for a win against a pesky group of Hornets in the opening round of the Mountain Schoolboy Classic at Belfry High School on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Perry County Central held on to defeat the Hornets 72-63.

But Magoffin County returned to the win column one day later.

The Hornets, under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Castle, topped East Ridge 71-66 in overtime in the second round of the Mountain Schoolboy Classic on Thursday (Dec. 28). The victory allowed Magoffin County to avenge a loss it had suffered to East Ridge in the Hi-Tech Signs & Graphix Holiday Classic at Prestonsburg High School six days earlier. 

Magoffin County remained in the win column during the final round of the Mountain Schoolboy Classic, edging Phelps 67-65.

Due to the holidays, individual statistics for Magoffin County's recent wins were unavailable at press time. More on Magoffin County's victories will appear in next week's edition.

With the win over Phelps, Magoffin County improved to 4-11.

Magoffin County entered the new year with regular-season games remaining versus Shelby Valley, Pike County Central, Johnson Central, Morgan County, Sheldon Clark, Belfry, Jenkins, Knott County Central, Paintsville, Floyd Central, Lawrence County and Prestonsburg.