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Hornets outlast Morgan County, 54-49

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BELFRY - Determined Magoffin County pushed past longtime rival Morgan County 54-49 in the the 2A, Section 8 Tournament at Belfry High School on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Magoffin County shot 46.3 percent (19-of-41) from the field in the victory. The Hornets were 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 75 percent from the free throw line.

Grayson Whitaker scored 20 points to lead Magoffin County to the win. Whitaker was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Isaiah Salyer accompanied Whitaker in double figures for the Hornets, adding 12 points. Salyer was 6-of-8 from the field. 

The Hornets took control early, doubling up Morgan County 18-9 in the opening quarter. Magoffin County led 24-21 at halftime and finished strong. The Hornets outscored Morgan County 15-12 in the final period to pull out the hard-fought win. 

Aden Barnett netted seven points for the Hornets while Randy Bailey and Mason Lovely chipped in six points apiece. 

Rounding out the Hornets' individual scoring, Lucas Litteral finished with three points. 

Bailey led Magoffin County inside, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. 

The Hornets and Cougars met for the first time in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. 

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