Hornets pull away from East Ridge, notch win: Whitaker scores game-high 18 points for Magoffin County

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SALYERSVILLE - Scott Castle notched his first win as head coach of the Magoffin County boys' basketball team on Thursday night as the Hornets defeated visiting East Ridge 49-41. 

With the win, Magoffin County evened its record to 1-1.

East Ridge slipped to 1-1 with the loss. 

Magoffin County shot 40.9 percent from the field. The Hornets were 4-of-21 (19 percent) from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line. 

Brady Whitaker scored a game-high 18 points to lead Magoffin County to the win. Whitaker was the only Hornet to reach double figures in the scoring column. 

Flirting with double figures, Nolan Arnett netted nine points for the Hornets.

Eight different Magoffin County players scored in the victory. The other scorers for the host team were Logan Lovely (six points), Dylan Arnett (five points), Chandler Lykins (four points), Isaiah Salyer (three points), Michael Conley (two points) and Mason Lovely (two points). 

Logan Lovely led Magoffin County inside, claiming six rebounds for the Hornets. 

Hornet Basketball fans were treated to a stellar defensive performance as Magoffin County limited East Ridge's offensive looks throughout the contest, especially during the first half. 

"The defensive intensity in the first half was great in this game," Castle confided, following his team's victory. "Everyone was active and played with lots of energy. I felt like we relaxed the second half and kind of coasted to victory. We didn't make good decisions in passing or shot selection and our defensive intensity dropped allowing East Ridge to shoot some uncontested shots which allowed them to get back into the game. The lack of game experience four our team showed the second half, but I'm proud of their composure to hang on for the win. I expect we will get better with more game experience as the season progresses."

The Hornets and Warriors are scheduled to meet again in late-December. Magoffin County is slated to meet East Ridge for a rematch in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic at Belfry on December 28.

 

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Brady Whitaker eyed a pass during Magoffin County's season opener versus Floyd Central. Whitaker is leading the Hornets in scoring.