SALYERSVILLE - After winning back-to-back gamesn, Magoffin County came up short at home earlier in the week. But it wasn't before pushing one of the 15th Region's top teams. Host Shelby Valley managed to fend off Magoffin County, defeating the Hornets 74-65 in a late-season boys' high school basketball game on Monday night.
With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 8-19.
Shelby Valley improved to 20-7 with the win.
Thriving offensively, Shelby Valley shot 55.6 percent (25-of-45) from the field. The Wildcats were 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Shelby Valley shot 75 percent (18-of-24) from the free throw line.
The Wildcats made the most of a balanced offensive effort. Blake Burke and Cody Potter led Shelby Valley with 15 points apiece. Shelby Valley featured five scorers in double figures as Cameron Worrix posted 14 points, Orbie McPeek contributed 11 points and Tanner Bentley netted 10 points.
Keian Worrix rounded out the Shelby Valley individual scoring, chipping in four points.
Brady Whitaker poured in a game-high 33 points to lead Magoffin County. Three Hornets reached double figures in the scoring column as Nolan Arnett netted 15 points and Chandler Lykins added 10 points.
The other scorers for Magoffin County in the loss were Dylan Arnett (three points), Logan Lovely (two points) and Isaiah Salyer (one point).
Both Magoffin County and Shelby Valley are headed into the postseason.