BUCKLEYS CREEK - The Magoffin County Hornets faced a tough test on the road in Pike County over the weekend. Host Pike County Central, one of the 15th Region's most physical teams, pulled away to defeat the young, inexperienced Hornets 83-60.
With the loss, Magoffin County slipped to 1-2.
Pike County Central moved to 3-0 with the win.
Magoffin County committed 28 turnovers in the loss.
"I thought we played hard from start to finish," said Magoffin County Coach Scott Castle. "We were just simply outmanned. Pike County Central has size, physical strength and athletes with game experience. Dylan Arnett, Brady Whitaker and Nolan Arnett were in foul trouble early. Our starting point guard, Morgan Howard, was sidelined with an ankle injury for the second game in a row as well. I think Pike Central took advantage of our youth when our freshmen were on the floor by using their size and strength to disrupt our offense as they pressed the entire game. I saw improvement with our effort and feel we battled with them throughout the night, but need to focus on taking care of the ball and putting ourself and our teammates in a position to score as we cannot win games having 28 turnovers. But again, most of these kids have not been placed in a position against a top-ranked team like Pike Central. We hope they will learn and grow from our film sessions as well as from these games and improve as the season goes along."
Pike County Central remained in the win column after starting the 2016-17 season with back-to-back wins over Betsy Layne and Ambassador Christian Academy, a team out of Williamson, W.Va..
Magoffin County shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field. The Hornets were 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the free throw line.
Leading the Hornets offensively, Brady Whitaker connected on six 3-point field goals on his way to scoring 33 points.
Whitaker was the only Magoffin County player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Michael Conley (six points), Mason Lovely (five points), Dylan Arnett (four points), Logan Lovely (four points), Trenton Caldwell (two points) and Isaiah Salyer (two points) provided additional scoring for the Hornets in the setback.
Logan Lovely led Magoffin County on the backboards, grabbing eight rebounds for the Hornets.
Magoffin County is scheduled to host Betsy Layne on Thursday night. Tip-off for the Magoffin County-Betsy Layne boys' basketball game is slated for 7:30 p.m. on the Hornets' home floor.
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Scott Castle is in his first season as head coach of the Magoffin County High School boys' basketball team.