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Hornets falter in second half, drop district game to Paintsville

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SALYERSVILLE - Host Magoffin County led through the first half but faltered after intermission as Paintsville battled back and pulled away to win 83-62 in a 57th District boys' basketball game on Saturday night.

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 0-4 in the 57th District.

Paintsville improved to 5-0 in the district with the win. 

The Hornets edged Paintsville 17-16 in the opening quarter and clung to a 31-29 lead at halftime. However, Magoffin County couldn't keep up its early pace after intermission. Paintsville erupted for over 25 points in the third quarter, outscoring Magoffin County 27-13 to take a commanding lead into the final frame. 

Paintsville shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field. The Tigers were 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from 3-point range. 

Paintsville shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the free throw line. 

Braxton Tharp scored 18 points to lead Paintsville to the win. Colby Fugate accompanied Tharp in double figures for the Tigers, scoring 14 points. 

Flirting with double figures in scoring and a double-double for the Tigers, Nick Keeton netted nine points. 

James Allen and Jaxon Watts added eight points apiece for Paintsville, which returned to the win column following a loss to Shelby Valley in the 15th Region All "A" Classic exactly one week earlier. 

The other scorers for Paintsville were Ryan Gibson (six points), Seth Williams (six points), Brady Dingess (six points), Ryleh McKenzie (four points), Rex Castle (three points) and Ethan Hensley (one point). 

Magoffin County shot 35.6 percent (16-of-45) from the field. The Hornets were 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from 3-point range. 

Excelling when shooting foul shots, Magoffin County shot 86.3 percent (25-of-29) from the free throw line. 

Aden Barnett led Magoffin County with a game-high 21 points. Three Magoffin County players reached double figures in the scoring column as Brady Whitaker tossed in 15 points and Randy Bailey added 11 points. 

Mason Lovely (six points), Isaiah Salyer (five points) and Chandler Lykins (four points) accounted for the rest of Magoffin County's individual scoring. 
 

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Steve LeMaster