SALYERSVILLE – The Prestonsburg Blackcats faced a tough test on the road late last week. Magoffin County, the preseason favorite in the 15th Region, pulled away to beat the Blackcats 61-41 in a late-season boys’ high school basketball game on Friday night (Feb. 10).
With the loss, Prestonsburg dropped to 7-20.
Magoffin County improved to 16-10 with the win.
Familiar foes, Prestonsburg and Magoffin County hail from neighboring districts.
Homestanding Magoffin County shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field. The Hornets were 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the free throw line.
Three Hornets reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading Magoffin County to the win, Jaren Lovely scored a game-high 18 points.
Trenton Russell and Ryan Mullins accompanied Lovely in double figures, chipping in 17 points and 15 points, respectively.
Mullins recorded a double-double as he grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in Magoffin County’s victory.
Prestonsburg shot 32.6 percent (14-of-43) from the field. The Blackcats were 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Prestonsburg shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line.
Only one Blackcat reached double figures in the scoring column. Austin Endicott led Prestonsburg with a team-high 14 points.
Wesley Hager and Blake Slone scored seven points apiece, while Drake Nunnery chipped in six points for Prestonsburg in the loss.
Other scorers for Prestonsburg were Nick Rowe (three points), Chandler Nelson (two points) and Adam Slone (two points).
Slone led Prestonsburg inside, hauling in 10 rebounds.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.