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Hornets fall to Lawrence County in 2A title game

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SALYERSVILLE - After taking a lead out of each of the first three quarters, host Magoffin County faltered late in the 15th Region 2A Boys' Basketball Tournament title matchup. Determined Lawrence County outscored the Hornets 26-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away to win 71-62 in the 2A championship game on Saturday night. 

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 8-6 and missed out on advancing to the Kentucky 2A Championships Sectional.

Lawrence County improved to 11-4 and advanced to the Kentucky 2A Championships Sectional with the win.

Tyler Maynard scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Lawrence County to the victory. Maynard was 11-of-15 from the free throw line. 

In another solid all-around performance, Cody Maynard added 20 points for the Bulldogs. 

Lawrence County won despite shooting only 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the field. The Bulldogs were 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from 3-point range, shooting better beyond the arc. 

Former 15th Region champion Lawrence County shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the free throw line and outrebounded the Hornets 41-29.

Noah Fairchild paced Lawrence County inside, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

Finishing one shot short of reaching double figures for the Bulldogs, Chase Sartin chipped in eight points. 

Magoffin County excelled in each of the first three quarters. The Hornets outscored Lawrence County 18-8 in the first quarter to move ahead early. Magoffin County led 33-24 at halftime and remained out in front for over half of the second half. The Hornets led 52-45 at the end of the third quarter but couldn't avoid a letdown. Lawrence County dominated in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 26-10 to pull out the victory. 

Brady Whitaker paced Magoffin County with 18 points. Joining Whitaker in double figures for the Hornets, Randy Bailey scored 15 points and Aden Barnett tossed in 12 points. 

The other scorers for Magoffin County in the setback were Mason Lovely (six points), Isaiah Salyer (five points), Chandler Lykins (four points) and Ethan Prewitt (two points).

Bailey led Magoffin County inside, pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. 

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