Whitaker, Arnett lead Hornets over Lawrence County
LOUISA - The duo of Brady Whitaker and Nolan Arnett combined to lead Magoffin County past host Lawrence County 63-55 in a boys' high school basketball game on Thursday night (Feb. 8).
With the win, Magoffin County improved to 8-18.
Former 15th Region champion Lawrence County slipped to 8-19 with the loss.
Whitaker poured in a game-high 26 points to pace the Hornets offensively. In a solid all-around performance, Arnett delivered 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Hornets.
Lawrence County led early, outscoring Magoffin County 17-22 in the first quarter. However, the Hornets managed to heat up offensively. Magoffin County outscored Lawrence County 22-6 in the second quarter to lead 34-23 at halftime.
Remaining in control shortly after intermission, Magoffin County outscored Lawrence County 13-10 in the third quarter.
Magoffin County shot 45 percent (18-of-40) from the field. The Hornets were 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 71.4 percent (20-of-28) from the free throw line.
Inside, Magoffin County outrebounded Lawrence County 33-28.
The Hornets overcame 13 turnovers to earn the win.
Narrowly missing double figures for the Hornets, Morgan Howard netted nine points. Other scorers for Magoffin County in the impressive win were Dylan Arnett (five points), Michael Conley (three pints), Mason Lovely (two points), Logan Lovely (two points) and Chandler Lykins (two points).
"Great team effort," Magoffin County Scott Castle said, following his team's triumph. "Nolan Arnett with a double-double in points and rebounds. I thought Morgan Howard played well on both ends of the floor as did Isaiah Salyer. Michael Conley is beginning to let the game slow down in his mind and did some positive things. Logan Lovely and Dylan Arnett did a great job on the boards for us late in the game and I thought the energy and effort that Mason Lovely and Chandler Lykins brought off the bench got us going offensively in the game early. It was a total team effort. We continue to show that when we rebound and take care of the ball we can win games on the road."
Lawrence County shot 34.6 percent (18-of-52) from the field. The Bulldogs were 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range.
Lawrence County shot 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line.
Cody Maynard led Lawrence County with 15 points. Following in double figures in scoring for the Bulldogs, Tyler Maynard scored 13 points, Chase Sartin netted 11 points and Noah Fairchild added 10 points.
Tyler Maynard paced the Bulldogs on the backboards, grabbing nine rebounds.
Magoffin County Hornets seniors and coaches on Senior Night.
Independent Photo || JIM ARNETT