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Hornets to host Martin County for district opener

Magoffin County sophomore guard Aden Barnett has been honored for scoring 1,500 points in his high school basketball career. Barnett is pictured with Magoffin County head coach Scott Castle after receiving a commemorative basketball and plaque on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Magoffin County pulled away to defeat visiting Morgan County 74-48 in its home opener. Photo || Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County is set to host rival Martin County for its 57th District opener in the 2021-22 boys’ high school basketball season on Friday, Dec. 10.

The Hornets are 2-1. Magoffin County has notched wins over Pike County Central and Morgan County. In between its two wins, Magoffin County dropped a game to much-improved Floyd Central.

The Hornets upended Pike County Central 78-73 in a season opener on Thursday, Dec. 2. However, Floyd Central forced Magoffin County to slip into the loss column, defeating the Hornets 68-61 on Saturday, Dec. 4.

But Magoffin County bounced back, pulling away to beat Morgan County 74-48 in a home opener on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Head coach Scott Castle guides the Hornets.

Martin County split its first two games in the 2021-22 boys’ high school basketball season. Pikeville topped the Cardinals 74-60 in a season opener in Inez on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Managing to recover from the season-opening setback two days later, Martin County defeated visiting Russell, a squad which is considered to be among the top teams in the 16th Region, 70-63.

Head coach Jason James guides the Cardinals.

The Hornets swept a two-game 57th District boys’ basketball series from Martin County during the 2020-21 season.

Tip-off for the Magoffin County-Martin County boys’ basketball game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Salyersville.

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