HAZARD - Magoffin County's stint in the latest WYMT Mountain Classic ended with a loss to North Laurel. A team out of the 13th Region, North Laurel held on to defeat the Hornets 79-70 in the WYMT Mountain Classic at Perry County Central on Saturday.
Magoffin County suffered its second straight loss after notching a win in the opening round of the tradition-rich boys' high school basketball tournament earlier in the week. The Hornets had defeated Knott County Central in a first round game before falling to tournament host Perry County Central in the second round.
Magoffin County dropped to 10-6 with the loss.
With the win, North Laurel improved to 14-3.
The Jaguars returned to the win column following a four-point loss to 13th Region counterpart Harlan County in the second round one night earlier. Currently, Harlan County and North Laurel rank 1-2 in the 13th Region standings.
Peyton Broughton paced North Laurel in the triumph over the Hornets.
Magoffin County lost despite shooting 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field. The Hornets were 9-of-20 (45 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the free throw line.
Trenton Russell led Magoffin County with 33 points. Russell, who was named to the all-tournament team, drained six 3-point field goals in the Hornets' loss.
Joining Russell in double figures for the Hornets, Jaren Lovely added 25 points, which included a trio of 3-point field goals.
Dylan Arnett, Ryan Mullins and Dalton Peters rounded out the Magoffin County individual scoring, posting four points apiece.
Mullins paced Magoffin County inside, hauling in nine rebounds.
Preseason 15th Region favorite Magoffin County is now focused on the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
The Hornets entered the week with regular-season games remaining versus Johnson Central, Sheldon Clark, Pikeville, Belfry, Paintsville, Betsy Layne, Morgan County, East Ridge, Knott County Central, South Floyd and Prestonsburg.