The McClain Lady Tigers finally played a home game after opening the season with three straight road games and easily defeated East Clinton 70-21.
It was an impressive home-opener for McClain scoring 70 points but their defense was even more impressive. The stingy Lady Tigers defense held the visitors scoreless in both the first and third quarter.
“We played some great defense tonight,” McClain Coach Jarrod Haines said “East Clinton didn’t score in the first and third periods and I thought we really got after them.”
“Offensive we finally got into the flow of the game and Shania (Massie) finally got it going a little bit and we’ve really been missing that in some of our earlier games.”
Massie scored 13 points in the contest and was one of three Lady Tigers to score in double figures along with Tara Karnes and Taylor Polley who scored 11 and 14 respectively.
“Taylor (Polley) really stepped up and had a big game offensively and did a nice job distributing the basketball,” Haines said “She’s also a great defender who has really helped take some pressure off Shania at the point guard position.”
McClain led 18-0 after one quarter and increased it to 35-13 at the half. Massie led the Lady Tigers at the break with 10 points followed closely by Karnes who added 7 and Polley with 6.
The third quarter was almost a carbon copy of the first this time a 19-0 McClain out-burst pushing the lead to 54-13 with still a quarter to play.
Both coaches emptied their bench in the final period giving several younger players a lot of valuable playing time.
“We had ten girls reach the scoring column tonight and you love to see that as a coach,” Haines said “Katy Unger who always plays hard had another nice ballgame scoring 8 points and Sarah Thompson and Allie Willett both came in off the bench and played very well.”
“Sarah had 6 points and rebounded well along with Allie who also had 6 rebounds, despite being one of our smaller players.”
Haines was really pleased with all of his girls who came in off the bench and was especially proud of the freshman at the end.
“Those young girls at the end really distributed the ball well and they work so well together, just a lot of fun to watch.”
Rounding out the scoring for McClain was Beth Montgomery 8, Unger 8, Thompson 7, Caitlyn Lovett 3, Willett 2, Lauren Rayburn 2, and Sydney Barton 2.
The Lady Tigers (2-2) are scheduled to play Saturday night at Clinton Massie weather permitting.