PARIS — Elliott County star Jonathan Ferguson is having so much fun playing hoops in his Christmas socks that he may not take them off after the holidays.
Ferguson pumped in 34 points, including 8-for-15 on three-pointers, as the Lions roared past South Charleston, W.Va. 107-84 in the Kentucky Bank Shootout at Bourbon County Saturday night.
Elliott County, No. 3 in the state in the pre-season, ran its record to 5-0. The runnin' and gunnin' Lions are averaging 106 points a game.
Ferguson, a 6-foot senior, has been a scoring machine in his festive socks, which have an emblem of Frosty the Snowman on them.
He's worn them in four games and has had 35, 29, 41 and 34 points.
"They're my lucky socks," he said. "They did light up but I had to take the lights out so I could wear them."
Ferguson had plenty of help sockin' it to South Charleston.
Ethan Faulkner had 31 points, including a 19-for-21 night at the foul line, and 10 rebounds. Timmy Knipp had 22 points, and Evan Faulkner added 14.
Ferguson said the fast-paced game was to Elliott County's liking. "That's how we've been playing our entire career. We stay in rhythm whenever we run, and we play good."
Lions Coach Rick Mays was happy with the win against a talented opponent, but he saw room for improvement for his two-time defending 16th Region champs.
"If we were perfect right now I'd be a lot more worried," Mays said.
SOUTH CHARLESTON (1-1) — Dobson 26, Hudson 2, Henry 21, Slusher 11, Mekhene 3, Peden 4, Orcutt 7, Beatty 2, Daniels 8.
ELLIOTT COUNTY (5-0) — Ethan Faulkner 31, T.Knipp 22, Ferguson 34, Evan Faulkner 14, C.Knipp 3, Morgan 1, Nickell 2.
South Charleston 13 24 24 23—84
Elliott County 23 26 32 26—107