SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County High School boys' and girls' basketball teams are set to start preseason practice. Kentucky high school basketball programs are allowed to begin preseason practice on Oct. 15.
The Magoffin County boys' basketball team ended the 2016-17 season 18-12 following an overtime loss to South Floyd in the 15th Region Tournament. New head coach Scott Castle is set to guide the Hornets. Castle, Magoffin County's former girls' basketball head coach, has returned to the sidelines after one year away from the hardwood. He replaced Robbie Russell as the Hornets' head coach.
Magoffin County lost the productive tandem of Trenton Russell (23.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Jaren Lovely (19.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) to graduation. Currently, senior Ryan Mullins (8.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg) is also sidelined with an injury after leading the Hornets in rebounding as a junior.
Senior forward Dylan Arnett is a key player due back for the Hornets.
The Magoffin County girls' basketball team is slated to enter its second season under head coach Doug Greene and returns an experienced group of players. The Lady Hornets exited the 2016-17 season with a 9-19 record.
Set to lead the Lady Hornets into the upcoming campaign are junior guard Kennedi Stacy and senior guard Alexis Montgomery. Combined, Stacy and Montgomery averaged nearly 32 points per game for the Lady Hornets in the 2016-17 season. Stacy averaged a double-double for the Lady Hornets, leading Magoffin County in both scoring and rebounding. The productive Stacy averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. During the same stretch, Montgomery averaged 14.3 points per game for the Lady Hornets.
In addition to Stacy and Montgomery, senior guard/forward Shanna Howard, senior guard Presley Russell and senior forward Kaelyn Greene are back for the Magoffin County girls' basketball team.
The Magoffin County basketball squads are slated to tip off their upcoming seasons on the road at Floyd Central High School in a boys-girls doubleheader on Nov. 28.