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Slow start hinders Hornets in district game versus Eagles


photo courtesy of Jim Arnett
Junior guard Isaiah Salyer is helping to lead Magoffin County in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. 

SALYERSVILLE - Visiting Johnson Central doubled up Magoffin County 22-11 in the opening quarter and went on to pull away to win 66-53 in a 57th District boys' basketball game on Monday night (Jan. 20). 

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 10-8 overall in 0-3 the 57th District.

Johnson Central improved to 12-6 overall and 1-2 in the district with the win.

The Golden Eagles led 37-21 at halftime and outscored the Hornets 15-12 in the third quarter. 

Johnson Central shot 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from the field. The Golden Eagles were 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Johnson Central shot 82.8 percent (24-of-29) from the free throw line. 

Isaiah May scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Johnson Central to the win. May was 11-of-12 from the free throw line.

Cory VanHoose finished directly behind May in the Johnson Central scoring column, posting 21 points for the Golden Eagles. 

Narrowly missing a double-double for Johnson Central, Bryson Hackney netted nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Following Hackney in scoring for Johnson Central were John King (eight points), Connor Lemaster (three points), Ryleh McKenzie (two points) and Kamen Slone (one point). 

Magoffin County shot 42.2 percent (19-of-45) from the field. The Hornets were 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from 3-point range.

Magoffin County shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the free throw line. 

Aden Barnett led Magoffin County with a team-high 18 points. Barnett was 8-of-12 inside the arc.

Isaiah Salyer followed Barnett in scoring for the Hornets, netting 14 points. Salyer was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. 

Providing a double-double for the Hornets, Randy Bailey scored 10 points and hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds.

Grayson Whitaker and Mason Lovely rounded out Magoffin County's individual scoring, chipping in seven points and four points, respectively. 


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