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PIKEVILLE - Two-time defending 58th District champion Allen Central fell short in its bid to reach the 15th Region Semifinals for the second straight year. Preseason 15th Region favorite Magoffin County ousted Allen Central from the postseason, defeating the Lady Rebels 65-57 in the final opening round game of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Thursday night.


With the win, Magoffin County improved to 23-5 and advanced to the 15th Region Semifinals.


Three of Magoffin County’s five starters reached double figures in the scoring column. Jazzy Howard scored 19 points and Jamie Castle and Leslee Howard added 18 apiece for the Lady Hornets.


Magoffin County, which didn’t make a substitution in the tournament game, overcame a slow start.


Fairing well early, Allen Central edged Magoffin County 10-9 in the first quarter.


But the Lady Hornets got going offensively. Magoffin County outscored Allen Central 19-12 in the second quarter to lead 28-22 at halftime.


Remaining out in front after intermission, Magoffin County outscored the Lady Rebels 19-12 in the third quarter to lead 47-34 heading into the final period.


Magoffin County shot 51.0 percent (25-of-49) from the field. The Lady Hornets were 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the foul line.


The Lady Hornets dished out 11 assists and committed only nine turnovers.


Excelling defensively, Magoffin County also recorded eight steals.


Madison Reed and Courtney Gullett rounded out the Magoffin County individual scoring, finishing with six and four points, respectively.


Sarah Rife led Allen Central with a game-high 22 points. Joining Rife in double figures. Kristi Parsons added 15 points for the Lady Rebels.


Allen Central shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field. The Lady Rebels were 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the foul line.


The Lady Rebels had 17 turnovers opposed to only 10 assists.


With the loss, Allen Central concluded the 2013-14 season 13-10.


15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament


at East Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville


Magoffin County 65, Allen Central 57


Magoffin County (65): J. Howard 19, Gullett 4, Castle 18, Reed, 6, L. Howard 18.


Allen Central (57): Prater 9, Martin 4, Rife 22, Elliott 5, Parsons 15, Dotson 2.


Magoffin County………..9 19 19 18-65


Allen Central……………10 12 12 23-57


15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament


at East Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville


Wednesday, March 5


Thursday, March 6


Shelby Valley 65, Pike County Central 43


Magoffin County 65, Allen Central 57


Friday, March 7


Semifinals


Johnson Central 69, Pikeville 56


Shelby Valley 61, Magoffin County 55


Saturday, March 8


Championship Game


Shelby Valley 39, Johnson Central 30

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