Johnson Central soars past Cordia, Pike Central

Johnson Central’s Cory VanHoose defends for the Golden Eagles against Cordia in the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix Holiday Classic at Prestonsburg Friday night. 

PRESTONSBURG — Johnson Central notched its second straight win in the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix Holiday Classic at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Friday night, defeating Cordia 69-62. The Golden Eagles followed that with a 61-24 win over Pike Central Saturday afternoon.

Johnson Central 69,

Cordia 62

Preseason 15th Region favorite Johnson Central owned multiple double digit leads before claiming the seven-point victory. 

With the win, Johnson Central improved to 6-1. 

Cordia dropped to 1-9 with the loss. 

Johnson Central shot 41.3 percent (26 of 63)  from the field. The Golden Eagles were 11 of 20 (55 percent) from three-point range. 

Johnson Central was six of 12 from the free-throw line.

The Golden Eagles dominated on the backboards, outrebounding Cordia 45-26. 

Senior guard Jacob Rice led Johnson Central with a game-high 20 points. Eastern Kentucky University baseball signee Gabe Ferrell, who connected on five three-point field goals, added 17 points for the Golden Eagles.

Johnson Central featured four scorers in double figures as Cory VanHoose contributed 14 points and Isaiah May added 11 points. VanHoose pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double while May dished out a game-best seven assists. 

Cordia started strong. The Lions packed a 21-16 lead out of the first quarter but ultimately faltered. Johnson Central outscored Cordia 28-9 in the second quarter to lead 44-30 at halftime. 

John King and Jacob Butcher rounded out the Johnson Central individual scoring,  posting five points and two points, respectively. 

Cordia shot 39.7 percent (23 of 58) from the field. The Lions were five of 16 (31.3 percent) from three-point range. 

Cordia was only three of eight from the free-throw line. 

Despite finding himself in foul trouble early, Darryan Pringle paced Cordia with a team-high 23 points. 

Joining Pringle in double figures for the Lions, Brandon Muzo netted 12 points. 

Kalil Harris (eight points), Myles Lapoint (six points), John Ramon (five points), Anthony Glasgow (four points) and Anthony Hidalgo (two points) accounted for the rest of the Lions’ scoring in the loss.

Johnson Central 61,

Pike Central 24

The Golden Eagles cruised in the final day of the classic Saturday over Pike Central. 

Rice led the way for the Golden Eagles with a team-high 16 points. VanHoose followed with 14 points and May also reached double figures with 11. Ferrell added eight points and two assists. Johnson King scored four points. Josh Slone, Dawson Burton and Mason Fairchild each added two points. Conner LeMaster and Bryson Hackney each chipped in one point.

The Golden Eagles shot 57 percent from the field, while holding Pike Central to 24 percent shooting. 

Johnson Central out rebounded Pike Central 36-24. 

DaSean Penn and Noah Atkins led the way for the Hawks with six points each.

Johnson Central (7-1) is scheduled to take on Russell at Bath County in the Dan Swartz Classic at 4:45 this evening.

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