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Hornets drop district game to Martin County

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Magoffin County's Brennan Hanson (1) lofted a shot as the Hornets hosted East Ridge on Monday, Jan. 6. Photo courtesy of Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County suffered its second straight loss as visiting Martin County pulled away to win 76-57 in a 57th District boys' basketball game on Monday night. 

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in the 57th District.

Martin County improved to 7-10 overall and 2-1 in the district with the win.

Much-improved Martin County excelled offensively, shooting 61.4 percent (27-of-44) from the field. The Cardinals were 9-of-16 (56.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Martin County shot 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the free throw line.

Dominating inside, Martin County outrebounded the Hornets 39-24.

Ethan Smith-Mills led Magoffin County with 21 points. Smith-Mills was 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Four players from Martin County reached double figures in the scoring column. Center Trey James recorded a double-double for the Cardinals, scoring 18 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.

James was 8-of-13 from the field.

Brady Dingess added 13 points for Martin County while Jordan Dalton netted 11 points. 

Martin County moved ahead during the opening quarter and forced the Hornets to play from behind. The Cardinals led 35-20 at halftime. 

Stretching ts lead after the break, Martin County led 53-36 at the conclusion of the third quarter. 

Magoffin County shot 30.2 percent (19-of-63) from the field. The Hornets were 7-of-29 (24.1 percent) from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line. 

Aden Barnett paced Magoffin County with a team-high 18 points. 

Isaiah Salyer was the only other player from Magoffin County to reach double figures, scoring 14 points.

The additional scorers for the Hornets were Grayson Whitaker (eight points), Patrick Damron (six points) Randy Bailey (five points), Lucas Litteral (four points) and Mason Lovely (two points). 

The Hornets are scheduled to visit Martin County for a 57th District matchup on February 6.

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