McClain freshman Kyla Burchett drives past an Adena defender. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
McClain freshman Kyla Burchett drives past an Adena defender. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
The McClain varsity girls basketball team traveled to Adena Thursday night and turned in one of their best all-around performances of the season, winning 58-22.

Freshman Kyla Burchett had a fine offensive night for the Lady Tigers, scoring a game-high 18 points, which included converting 8-of-10 foul shots. Maddy Stegbauer also shot the basketball very well for McClain, scoring 16 points while running the Lady Tigers’ offense most of the night.

The McClain full-court pressure, man-to-man defense was one of the biggest factors in the game, where they forced the youthful Lady Warriors into 31 turnovers for the game.



“I thought early in the game we were looking for long-range threes, but then we settled down and everything kind of worked to our advantage,” McClain head coach Jarrod Haines said after the game. “We got a couple of quick early layups off our defense, then Kyla (Burchett) came out and did some nice things offensively, which then allowed Maddy (Stegbauer) to settle into the flow of the game.

“We still need to learn how to score in a half-court set, but I thought defensively we did a good job in our full court.”

Burchett got McClain going to start the game with four quick points and Bryn Karnes also had a great first quarter, scoring five points and grabbing several rebounds.

“I thought Bryn (Karnes) made a big difference inside tonight, and we had four other girls in there at different times really getting after it down low defensively,” Haines said.

McClain led 11-2 after one period and increased it to double digits at the half when they led 30-7 after winning the second quarter 19-5. Stegbauer was the big point-getter in the second with seven, followed by Burchett with five and Hunter Scott adding four. Kelli Uhrig also hit a jumper in the frame for McClain.

The Lady Tigers continued to play great defense and force turnovers in the third period and extended their lead to 43-17 after outscoring Adena 13-10. Both coaches emptied their benches in the final quarter, allowing all of their players to see some action. McClain had another good offensive fourth stanza, scoring 15 points while limiting Adena to just seven.

“I’m proud of all my kids,” Haines said. “It was a good game for us, especially in the second half.”

The Lady Tigers shot very well from the charity stripe on the night, making 17-of-25, and had just 14 turnovers for the game.

Nine McClain players reached the scoring column with Burchett and Maddy Stegbauer leading the way with the aforementioned 18 and 16, respectively. Rounding out the scoring in the game for the Lady Tigers were Scott 6, Karnes 5, Uhrig 4, Jaelyn Pitzer 4, Cierra Bolender 2 and Hannah Smith 1.

Reece Kerns led Adena with 10 points.

McClain’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Fairfield.