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Magoffin County drops district game to Johnson Central

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PAINTSVILLE - Magoffin County dropped its third 57th District game in the 2018-19 boys' high school basketball season as host Johnson Central pulled away to win 82-62 at Paul R. Setser Field House on Friday night. 

With the loss, Magoffin County slipped to 0-3 in the 57th District. 

Johnson Central improved to 2-1 in the district with the win.

Johnson Central shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field. The Golden Eagles were 5-of-20 (25 percent) from 3-point range. 

Johnson Central shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the free throw line. 

Dominating inside, Johnson Central outrebounded Magoffin County 47-23.

Four of Johnson Central's five starters reached double figures in the scoring column. Isaiah May led the Golden Eagles with 19 points. Following May in the Johnson Central scoring column, Cory VanHoose and John King contributed 11 points apiece. Accompanying three of his teammates in double figures, Jacob Rice scored 10 points. 

VanHoose led Johnson Central inside, pulling down nine rebounds.

Johnson Central took a lead out of each quarter. The Golden Eagles edged Magofin County 12-11 in the first quarter. Taking advantage of Magoffin County's cold shooting in the second quarter, Johnson Central outscored the Hornets 18-5 to lead 30-16 at halftime.

Johnson Central added to its lead shortly after intermission. The Golden Eagles outscored the Hornets 28-19 in the third quarter. 

A total of 13 different players provided scoring for Johnson Central in the victory. Jacob Butcher chipped in seven points while Braxton Bentley netted six points. 

Magoffin County managed to shoot 56.2 percent (18-of-32) inside the arc. However Magoffin County was only 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range. 

The Hornets shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the free throw line.

Brady Whitaker paced Magoffin County with a game-high 23 points. Aden Barnett accompanied Whitaker in double figures for the Hornets, scoring 20 points. 

Narrowly missing double figures for Magoffin County, Isaiah Salyer netted nine points. 

Randy Bailey (five points), Chandler Lykins (four points) and Mason Lovely (one point) provided the rest of the Hornets' scoring in the district loss. 

Both Magoffin County and Johnson Central will compete in the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament in February. 
 

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