HI HAT – The South Floyd Raiders well short of claiming a victory and returning to the win column earlier in the week. Instead, visiting Magoffin County returned to the win column, defeating South Floyd 66-59 in a non-district boys’ high school basketball game at Raider Arena on Tuesday night.
Magoffin County improved to 8-5 with the win.
With the loss, South Floyd slipped to 6-7.
Magoffin County shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field. The Hornets won despite connecting on only 3-of-16 3-point field goal attempts.
Magoffin County shot 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the free throw line.
Trenton Russell led a trio of Magoffin County scorers in double figures. Pacing the Hornets in the winning effort, Russell scored a team-high 23 points. Flirting with a double-double, Russell, reeled in nine rebounds.
Jaren Lovely scored 17 points and Jacob Isaac logged a double-double, pushing in 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Magoffin County outscored South Floyd 16-9 in the third quarter. The Hornets’ third quarter spurt proved to be pivotal for the visiting squad in the non-district clash.
Other scorers for the Hornets were Brady Whitaker (four points), Dalton Peters (three points), Tyler Fitzpatrick (two points) and Ryan Mullins (one point).
Dominating inside, Magoffin County outrebounded former 15th Region champion South Floyd 44-19.
South Floyd shot 39.6 percent (21-of-53) from the field,. The Raiders shot 33.3 percent (7-of-21) beyond the arc.
South Floyd, which was limited around the goal throughout the game, shot 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the free throw line.
Andrew Tackett led South Floyd with a game-high 24 points. Tackett was the only South Floyd scorer to reach double figures.
Narrowly missing double figures, Poppa Trammell tossed in nine points for the Raiders in the setback.
The Magoffin County and South Floyd boys’ basketball teams aren’t scheduled to meet again this season.
South Floyd is scheduled to meet Pikeville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Friday evening. Tip-off for the South Floyd-Magoffin County boys’ basketball game is set for 6:30 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.