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Magoffin County falls to JC in district tournament opener

Limited offensively, Magoffin County fell to longtime rival Johnson Central in the opening game of the 57th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament. Johnson Central pulled away to defeat Magoffin County 67-24 in the 57th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Sunday, March 14.

Magoffin County sophomore center Angel Mullis put up a shot during the 57th District Girls' Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Sunday, March 14. Photo || Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE – Limited offensively, Magoffin County fell to longtime rival Johnson Central in the opening game of the 57th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament. Johnson Central pulled away to defeat Magoffin County 67-24 in the 57th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Sunday, March 14.

The win allowed Johnson Central to advance to the 15th Region girls’ basketball title game.

Magoffin County exited the 2020-21 girls’ high school basketball season 5-22.

The win pushed Johnson Central to 19-4.

Johnson Central shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field.

The Lady Eagles were 13-of-28 from 3-point range, shooting 46.4 percent beyond the arc.

Johnson Central shot 53.5 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line.

Sammi Sites, who finished runner-up in voting for 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, scored 20 points to lead Johnson Central. Sites was 5-of-8 from 3-point range for the Lady Eagles.

Accompanying Sites in double figures, Clara Blair scored 11 points and Kelci Blair netted 10 points. Combined, Clara Blair and Kelci Blair were 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

Johnson Central featured 11 different scorers, including Abby Stambaugh (seven points), McKinley Cantrell (five points), Kailyn Vannoy (four points), Sophie Younce (three points), Taylor McKenzie (two points), Adyson Burchett (two points), Maddie Prater (two points) and Becca Wright (one point).

Magoffin County finished 7-of-30 from the field. The Lady Hornets were 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 61.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line.

Angel Mullis led Magoffin County, scoring 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds for the Lady Hornets. Mullis was the only player from tournament host Magoffin County to reach double figures.

Following Mullis in scoring for Magoffin County were Kara Risner (five points), Haley Barnett (four points), Karah Lafferty (three points) and Stephanie Helton (two points)

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