SALYERSVILLE, Ky. - The Belfry Pirates played two games at Magoffin County in a three-day period and picked up a 69-39 win over Floyd Central and fell 71-45 to the host Magoffin County Hornets.
In the game against Floyd Central on Wednesday, the Pirates jumped ahead of the Jags early on as they led 19-7 after the first eight minutes of play. They extended the lead in the second period as they took a 36-16 lead into the locker rooms.
Coach Thompson's squad kept their foot on the gas in the third period and outscored the Jaguars 18-9 to take a 54-25 lead into the fourth quarter where they would clear the bench and cruise to the 30 point victory.
The Pirates had a balanced attack as three players landed double figures. Senior Ty May led the team with 16 points, followed by Cannan Fletcher who had a double-double with 14 and 11 rebounds, and junior Dezmon Roblee who finished with 11 and dished out eight assist.
Senior Justin Barker also scored seven points but grabbed a team high 13 rebounds as the Pirates controlled the glass by out rebounding Floyd Central 54-14 as a team.
Floyd Central saw the majority of their points come from two players as Ethan Smith-Mills scored a game-high 18 points while Brandon Little also reached double digits with 14.
FCHS (2-14): 7 9 9 14 - 39
BHS (3-8): 19 17 18 15 - 69
Floyd Central: Smith-Mills 18; Hamilton 2; Little 14; Blackburn 1; Younce 4
Belfry: Browning 0; Coleman 5; Roblee 11; May 16; Fletcher 14; Barker 7; Spears 2; Thompson 2; Hager 6; McNamee 2; Hackney 4
MAGOFFIN COUNTY 71 BELFRY 45 (1/04): History was made in the Magoffin County High School Gymnasium on Friday night as senior Brady Whittaker scored a school record 47 points and outscored the visiting Belfry Pirates by himself as Magoffin County picked up a 71-45 15th in the semifinals of the 15th region All-2A Classic.
Whittaker came into the game averaging 25 points for coach James Castle but well surpassed that average on this night as he connected on six shots from behind the arc and hit 11-14 shots from the charity stripe in route to breaking the record.
Magoffin County jumped ahead early as the Pirates struggled to score and led 12-4 after a quarter of play. They extended the lead to double digits at the break as they grabbed a 25-12 lead into the locker rooms.
Whittaker and the Hornets caught fire in the third period while the Pirates stayed ice cold and built a commanding 48-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Pirates never quit playing and scored 28 fourth quarter points to cut into the lead and reach the final score of 71-45.
Belfry was led in scoring by junior Jax Thompson as he finished with nine, while Brett Coleman added eight, and Cannan Fletcher and Ty May each scored six apiece. Justin Barker only scored a point but led the team with 10 rebounds.
While Whitaker did most of the scoring for coach Castle he also received a 15 point outburst from Chandler Lykins.
With the win Magoffin County improved to 8-5 on the year while Belfry fell to 3-9 with the loss. The Pirates will look to right the ship as they host rival Pikeville on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
BHS (3-9): 4 8 5 28 - 45
MCHS (8-5): 12 13 23 23 - 71
Belfry: Coleman 8, Roblee 3, May 6, Barker 1, Fletcher 6, Thompson 9, Fluty 5, Hager 2, McNamee 4, Taylor 1.
Magoffin County: Whittaker 47, Lykins 15, Barnette 6, Salyer 3.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.