ROBINSON CREEK - The Magoffin County Hornets slipped back into the loss column over the weekend. Host Shelby Valley pulled away to defeat the Hornets 75-57 on Saturday.
With the loss, Magoffin County stumbled to 6-18.
Shelby Valley improved to 16-7 with the win.
Magoffin County was shorthanded in the matchup, playing without Dylan Arnett and Isaiah Salyer.
Shelby Valley shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field. The Wildcats were 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Shelby Valley shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the free throw line.
Controlling the backboards, former state champion Shelby Valley outrebounded the Hornets 34-20.
"In my opinion, Shelby Valley is the best team we have faced all season," said Magoffin County Coach Scott Castle. "Their quickness at all five positions is unbelievable. They guard and rebound very well. Nonetheless, I thought we played very well for three quarters. We were able to maintain the lead for most of the first half and was within striking distance down six at the end of the third quarter when they hit a half court jumper to go up by nine heading into the fourth quarter. Shelby Valley was able to hit some shots and secure some rebounds down the stretch to pull away late. Our kids fought hard throughout the game till the final seconds, especially considering Dylan Arnett didn't play due to a knee injury and Isaiah Salyer wasn't able to play. This team is continuing to grow and get tougher when facing high level competition."
Blake Hunter led Shelby Valley with a team-high 22 points. Three Shelby Valley players reached double figures in the scoring column as Cody Potter contributed 16 points and Cameron Worrix added 12 points. Potter recorded a double-double fpr the Wildcats, grabbing 10 rebounds in the victory.
Magoffin County fared well early, outscoring Shelby Valley 14-10 in the first quarter. But the Wildcats heated up. Shelby Valley outscored Magoffin County 19-8 in the second quarter to lead 29-22 at halftime and added to its cushion after intermission. Finishing strong, Shelby Valley outscored the Hornets 26-19 in the final quarter.
Magoffin County shot 38.9 percent (14-of-36) from the field. The Hornets were 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 79.3 percent (23-of-29) from the free throw line.
Brady Whitaker led Magoffin County with a game-high 26 points. Whitaker drained was 11-of-14 from the free throw line and drained a trio of 3-point field goals.
Morgan Howard accompanied Whitaker in double figures for the Hornets, scoring 13 points.
Nolan Arnett and Chandler Lykins scored six points apiece for Magoffin County while Mason Lovely chipped in four points and Logan Lovely posted two points.
The Hornets committed 16 turnovers opposed to registering six assists in the setback.