Hornets knock off host Jenkins

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JENKINS - Magoffin County returned to the win column on the road earlier in the week, defeating host Jenkins 80-58. 

The Hornets claimed their second win in three games, returning to the win column following a loss to Shelby Valley over the weekend. 

Magoffin County improved to 7-18 with the win.

With the loss, Jenkins dropped to 0-22. 

Excelling offensively, Magoffin County shot 57.4 percent (27-of-47) from the field. The Hornets were 9-of-20 (45 percent) from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County shot 85 percent (17-of-20) from the free throw line. 

Brady Whitaker led Magoffin County to the win, scoring a game-high 33 points. 

"Our effort was consistent for the most part," Magoffin County Coach Scott Castle said, following his team's convincing victory over Jenkins. "We were able to score out of our offense but took some palays off when pressing in the full court. That, in addition to our unwillingness on three possessions when we didn't dive or react to loose balls, led to postgame discussions in the locker room. Plays and possessions are valuable, especially when we get in the district tournament. We want them to understand that one possession could be the difference in winning and losing. We want to prepare them mentally as much as we can between now and district tournament time on even the small things as we know it will take a 110 percent effort and mindset to advance out of our district."

Logan Lovely delivered a double-double for the Hornets, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive caroms. 

Morgan Howard added 12 points of his own and Nolan Arnett contributed 11 points as four Magoffin County players reached double figures in the scoring column. 

Isaiah Salyer (six points), Chandler Lykins (four points) and Michael Conley (three points) provided additional scoring for the Hornets in the winning effort. 

Magoffin County was hosting upstart Floyd Central at press time on Wednesday. Results from the Magoffin County-Floyd Central boys' basketball game were unavailable at press time and will appear in next week's edition.