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Hornets hold on to defeat Prestonsburg 64-62

SALYERSVILLE – Determined Magoffin County held on to edge visiting Prestonsburg 64-62 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Monday, Feb. 1.

Magoffin County senior point guard Isaiah Salyer is pictured during one of the Hornets' possessions in a matchup versus Prestonsburg on Monday, Feb. 1. Photo || Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE – Determined Magoffin County held on to edge visiting Prestonsburg 64-62 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Monday, Feb. 1.

Magoffin County shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field in the winning effort. The Hornets were 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the free throw line.

The Hornets used a balanced offensive attack to claim the victory.

Aden Barnett scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Hornets. Barnett was 9-of-15 from inside the arc.

Finishing directly behind Barnett in scoring for the Hornets, Grayson Whitaker netted 17 points. Whitaker was 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Accompanying Barnett and Whitaker in double figures for the Hornets, Ben Lafferty tossed in 12 points. Lafferty led Magoffin County on the backboards, collecting eight rebounds.

Chipping in offensively, Ethan Prewitt (six points), Patrick Damron (four points), Isaiah Salyer (four points) and Grant Rudd (three points) provided the Hornets’ additional scoring.

Prestonsburg shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the field. The Blackcats were 6-of-23 from 3-point range.

Prestonsburg shot 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the free throw line.

Will Gullett and Jacob Martin paced Prestonsburg, scoring 14 points apiece for the Blackcats. Gullett was 7-of-9 from inside the arc. Thriving beyond the arc, Martin was 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

Wes Salisbury and Kaleb Jarvis followed, adding 10 points apiece for the Blackcats.

Rounding out Prestonsburg’s individual scoring, Connor Hopkins and Jon Little chipped in seven points and five points, respectively.

Gullett led Prestonsburg around the goal, grabbing eight rebounds.

Longtime 15th Region rivals, Magoffin County and Prestonsburg met for the first time in the 2020-21 boys’ high school basketball season.

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