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Lady Hornets show improvement over summer

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County girls' basketball team concluded its summer season recently. Under the direction of head coach Justin Williams, the Lady Hornets showed improvement. 

"I thought summer ball went well," said Williams. "We played four to five games. I viewed our summer ball games this season as practice sessions. We depended on our seniors a lot last season. So, going into summer ball, I was curious to how we'd respond. They responded well. I saw good improvement in the players. I think it will take time for this team to carve out its identity. But they are hard workers, good listeners and quick learners - all traits coaches love to see in their teams. Our summer workouts have been intense and good. I'm really looking forward to the season starting. I think our fans will be pleasantly surprised by the improvement many of the players have shown."

Magoffin County showed improvement in the second half of the 2018-19 girls' high school basketball season. The Lady Hornets finished runner-up to Johnson Central in the 57th District and made an appearance in the 15th Region Girls' Basketball Tournament. Magoffin County compiled a 7-25 record in the 2018-19 season, notching wins over Breathitt County, Robertson County, Prestonsburg, Phelps, Betsy Layne and Sheldon Clark. The Lady Hornets defeated Betsy Layne twice during the 2018-19 high school hoops season. Magoffin County managed to knock off Sheldon Clark in the 57th District Girls' Basketball Tournament Semifinals.  

As a team, Magoffin County shot 34.6 percent from the field during the 2018-19 season. The Lady Hornets shot 27.3 percent from 3-point range. 

Magoffin County shot 58.4 percent from the free throw line in its most recent campaign.

Standout Kennedi Stacy won't be easy for Magoffin County to replace. Stacy led Magoffin County with a 21.6 points per game scoring average during the 2018-19 season. In 32 games, Stacy scored 690 points. She was the only Lady Hornet to average double figures in the scoring column. 

Pacing Magoffin County inside, Stacy averaged 11.9 rebounds per game. Stacy pulled down a total of 381 rebounds during her senior season as she averaged a double-double. 

Macy Thacker ranked second in scoring for the Lady Hornets. Thacker averaged 8.1 points per game. 

Other key scorers for the Lady Hornets included Haley Barnett (7.3 pg) and Kenlee Wireman (4.6 ppg).

The Lady Hornets will begin preseason practice in mid-October. 

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