Lovely leads Hornets past Prestonsburg

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County Hornets returned to the win column late last week. Jaren Lovely scored a game-high 18 points as Magoffin County defeated visiting Prestonsburg 61-41 in a late-season boys' high school basketball game on Friday night. 

With the win, Magoffin County improved to 16-10.

Prestonsburg slipped to 7-20 with the loss. 

Lovely, who signed to play baseball for Marshall University earlier in the schoolyear, drained four 3-point field goals for the Hornets. 

Magoffin County shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field. The Hornets were 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the free throw line. 

The Hornets outrebounded Prestonsburg 31-25.

Following directly behind Lovely in double figures for the Hornets, Trenton Russell scored 17 points.

Ryan Mullins, Magoffin County's leading rebounder, delivered a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. 

The Hornets, under the direction of head coach Robbie Russell, gradually pulled away for the win.

Magoffin County benefitted from a balanced offensive attack that featured eight different scorers. Other scorers for Magoffin County were Austin Gibson (three points). Isaiah Salyer (three points), Dalton Peters (two points), Kyle Risner (two points) and Steven Lee (one point). 

Struggling offensively, Prestonsburg shot only 32.6 percent (14-of-23) from the field. The Blackcats were 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range. 

Prestonsburg shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line.  

Austin Endicott paced Prestonsburg with 14 points. Endicott was the only Blackcat to reach double figures in the scoring column. 

Wesley Hager and Blake Slone chipped in seven points apiece for the Blackcats.

Inside, Slone pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Prestonsburg boys' basketball team.