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Hornets drop 57th District game to Paintsville

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SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County couldn't halt a losing skid at home as visiting Paintsville pulled away to win 76-51 in a 57th District boys' basketball game on Friday night. 

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the 57th District. 

Paintsville improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the district with the win. 

Former state champion Paintsville shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field. The Tigers were 8-of-20 (40 percent) from 3-point range. 

Paintsville, which claimed its second straight win, shot 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line. 

Dominating inside, Paintsville outrebounded Magoffin County 36-19.

Freshman Mason Moore poured in 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Paintsville to the win. Moore, one of the state's top young high school basketball players, led everyone in scoring and rebounding. 

Joining Moore in double figures for the Tigers, Seth Williams and Jaxon Watts scored 12 points apiece. 

Magoffin County shot 34.1 percent (14-of-41) from the field. The Hornets were 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the free throw line.

Paintsville led at the conclusion of each quarter, gradually pulling away from homestanding Magoffin County. 

The Hornets were forced to play from behind throughout the district matchup but were never out of the game until the final quarter. Paintsville, which led 37-31 at halftime, finished strong. The Tigers outscored the Hornets 25-11 in the fourth quarter to win convincingly.

Junior Brady Whitaker paced Magoffin County with 20 points. Whitaker continues to lead the Hornets in scoring. 

Morgan Howard was the only other Hornet to reach double figures in the scoring column, scoring 14 points for Magoffin County in the setback. 

Dylan Arnett netted eight points, Isaiah Salyer added five points and Michael Conley contributed three points for the Hornets. 

Magoffin County is slated to visit Paintsville for a 57th District boys' basketball game on January 26. 

 

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