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Hoops Hysteria: Eagles and Hornets Clash in Epic Mountain Basketball 2024 Showdown!

Last night, the hardwood in Salyersville, Kentucky witnessed an intense basketball battle as the Johnson Central Eagles faced off against the Magoffin County High School and Middle School HWMS Hornets on January 9, 2024. The match-ups were nothing short of thrilling, with both JV and Varsity games keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

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JV Middle School Game: Double Overtime Drama!

The JV Middle School game set the tone for the night, delivering an unexpected nail-biter that went into double overtime. Johnson Central #3 became the hero of the night, sinking a buzzer-beater that sent the Danny Adams court into a frenzy. Yes, you read that right – a double-overtime thriller in a JV Middle School game!

Varsity Middle School Game: Hornets Rally for Victory

In the Varsity Middle School showdown, the HWMS Hornets faced an early deficit but staged a comeback led by standout players Blake Wireman, Caleb Lovely, and Michael Trusty. Wireman’s playmaking, Lovely’s dominance on the boards, and Trusty’s clutch performances secured a triumphant home court win for the Hornets. Despite challenges, they sealed the deal with a 10-point victory.

JV High School Action: Eagles Dominate

The Johnson Central JV squad faced off against the Magoffin JV squad, with the Eagles soaring to a commanding victory. Matthew Hall of the Hornets showcased his skills with a notable 9 points, but the Eagles emerged victorious in the JV game by a substantial margin.

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Photo by Jim Arnett

Aden Barnett sets the net on fire

In the Varsity game, Aden Barnett stole the show, notching an incredible 32 points and reaching a career milestone of 3,000 points.

However, the Eagles Varsity squad couldn’t overcome the Hornets, resulting in a final score of Magoffin 72, Johnson Central 32.

With Aden Barnett single handily scoring as many points at the Johnson Central Eagles.

Magoffin County Boys Basketball Schedule

Magoffin County Basketball Boys 2023-24 Schedule

Coach: Scott Castle

Region: 15

District: 57

Current Record: 7 – 7

Date Opponent Site Wins Tipoff / Tournament
Nov 30, 23 Wolfe County Away (W) 80 – 74 7:30 PM
Dec 1, 23 Perry County Central At Hazard (L) 73 – 78 7:30 PM – DJ Begley Classic
Dec 5, 23 Ashland Blazer Away (L) 45 – 69 7:30 PM
Dec 7, 23 Letcher County Central Home (W) 75 – 63 7:30 PM
Dec 12, 23 Pike County Central Home (W) 69 – 67 7:30 PM
Dec 15, 23 Shelby Valley Home (W) 71 – 58 7:30 PM
Dec 18, 23 East Ridge Away Canceled 7:30 PM
Dec 20, 23 Wilson Central (Lebanon), TN At Gatlinburg, TN (W) 71 – 52 Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic
Dec 21, 23 Archbishop Shaw (Marrero), LA At Gatlinburg, TN (L) 65 – 78 Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic
Dec 22, 23 McMinn County (Athens), TN At Gatlinburg, TN (L) 60 – 63 Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic
Dec 28, 23 Montgomery County At Estill County (L) 54 – 55 4:45 PM – Railroad Classic
Dec 29, 23 Wolfe County At Estill County (L) 68 – 82 Railroad Classic
Dec 30, 23 Estill County At Estill County (W) 67 – 66 Railroad Classic
Jan 2, 24 Lawrence County At Multiple Locations (W) 54 – 51 7:30 PM – Kentucky 2A Championship Sectional Tournaments
Jan 5, 24 Boyd County Away @Pike County Central (L) 72 – 80 7:30 PM
Jan 9, 24 Johnson Central Home 7:30 PM
Jan 12, 24 Pike County Central Away 7:30 PM
Jan 16, 24 Paintsville Home 7:30 PM
Jan 19, 24 West Carter Away 7:30 PM
Jan 22, 24 Floyd Central Home 7:30 PM
Jan 25, 24 Betsy Layne Away 6:00 PM
Jan 30, 24 Martin County Home 7:30 PM
Feb 5, 24 Martin County Away 7:30 PM
Feb 7, 24 Ashland Blazer Home 7:30 PM
Feb 9, 24 Paintsville Away 7:30 PM
Feb 12, 24 Johnson Central Away 7:30 PM
Feb 14, 24 Betsy Layne Home 6:00 PM
Feb 16, 24 Shelby Valley Away 7:30 PM
Feb 20, 24 Pikeville Home 7:30 PM
Feb 23, 24 East Ridge Home 7:30 PM

Conclusion: Rivalry Resonates on the Hardwood

The showdown in Magoffin County between these neighboring counties and basketball rivals lived up to its reputation. The unpredictable twists and turns on the court left fans in awe, and luckily, all the action was captured on film. It’s moments like these that make the clash between the Eagles and Hornets a must-watch event in the Kentucky mountain basketball scene.

Stay tuned for more thrilling matchups, as the hardwood saga continues to unfold in the heart of Kentucky!

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