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Hornets headed into preseason opener

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PAINTSVILLE - The Magoffin County boys' basketball team is closing in on a preseason opener. The Hornets will travel to neighboring Johnson County for a scrimmage versus perennial 14th Region title contender Perry County Central on Saturday, Nov. 17. Magoffin County's preseason matchup versus Perry County Central will be played as part of the Johnson Central High School-hosted 2018 15th Region Pre-Season Challenge. 

The preseason boys' high school basketball event will take place at Paul R. Setser Eagle Field House on the campus of Johnson Central High School. Several area teams will play in the 15th Region Pre-Season Challenge. 

All games in the 15th Region Pre-Season Challenge will be regulation contests with four eight-minute quarters.

Teams from the 14th, 15th and 16th regions will participate in the annual pre-season boys' high school basketball event. The field for the 2018 15th Region Pre-Season Challenge will include host Johnson Central, Magoffin County, Perry County Central, Sheldon Clark, Phelps, Belfry, Rowan County, Prestonsburg, Boyd County, Lawrence County, Clay County, Shelby Valley and Ashland.

Magoffin County, under the direction of head coach Scott Castle, opened preseason practice in mid-October. The Hornets are ranked seventh in the 15th Region Basketball Coaches Association Preseason Top 10 Poll. Magoffin County fared well throughout the offseason, showing much improvement over the summer. 

The Hornets ended the 2017-18 season 9-20. Magoffin County's 2017-18 season included a win over eventual 57th District champion and 15th Region runner-up Johnson Central.

The schedule for the 2018 15th Region Pre-Season Challenge follows. 

2018 15th Region 
Pre-Season Challenge 
at Johnson Central
Saturday, Nov. 17

Noon - Sheldon Clark vs. Phelps
1:20 p.m. - Belfry vs. Rowan County
2:40 p.m. - Prestonsburg vs. Boyd County
4 p.m. - Lawrence County vs. Clay County
5:20 p.m. - Shelby Valley vs. Ashland
6:40 p.m. - Magoffin County vs. Perry County Central
8 p.m. - Johnson Central vs. Wesley Christian

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