McClain's Jaelyn Pitzer looks for an open teammate while being defended by Fairfield's Emma Fouch. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
McClain's Jaelyn Pitzer looks for an open teammate while being defended by Fairfield's Emma Fouch. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
GREENFIELD — The free-throw shooting for the McClain Lady Tigers might have been off-target, but the rest of their game was right on point. The overall play of McClain led them to a non-conference win Saturday afternoon, as they defended their home court and won over the Fairfield Lady Lions, 52-42.

The game consisted of a tied first half, but following the halftime break the Lady Tigers took over how the game was paced, as a 25-25 tied score eventually turned into a 44-29 lead at the end of the third where McClain outscored the Lady Lions, 19-4.



McClain’s win leaves them at 9-2 overall, while Fairfield falls to 7-8.

The third frame saw McClain open the frame with a put-back bucket from Emma Stegbauer 17 seconds into the quarter. From there, Fairfield tied the game at 27 following a basket from Brianna Barnes with 6:51 on the scoreboard.

Then the game really got amped up by the Lady Tigers as they went on a 15-0 run, eventually ending the quarter with a 17-2 run (including the aforementioned 15-0 run) for the 19-4 quarter.

In the 15-point run by McClain, they had buckets by Kyla Burchett and Kelli Uhrig. Next was a 3-pointer from Stegbauer at the 5:02 mark that left the score at 34-27, forcing a timeout by Fairfield.

Burchett finished the game with 15 points.

Following the timeout, McClain continued to add to their lead with two points from Uhrig from the free-throw line, then another two points from the senior as Uhrig sank a jumper with 2:59 left in the quarter for a 38-27 lead, forcing another timeout called by Fairfield.

Uhrig finished the game with 17 points, leading the Lady Tigers in scoring.

After that timeout, McClain continued from where they left off with a layup by Uhrig and a put-back bucket by Bryn Karnes for a 42-27 advantage with 2:03 left in the quarter. Karnes finished the game with eight points.

Fairfield broke the scoring run with two free throws from Ella Newkirk with 1:38 left in the quarter, and the final two points were scored by Uhrig as she drove to the hoop for two points and the basket.

In the fourth, Fairfield outscored the Lady Tigers 13-8, but McClain never lost the lead. For FHS in the fourth, Samara Cannon scored seven points, including a 3-pointer. Cannon ended the game with 12 points.

Also adding points in the fourth for FHS were Barnes with four and Molly Thackston with two points. For the game, Barnes finished with 12 points.

Other final scoring for the Lady Lions included Newkirk with six points, Madison Bronner with five points and Thackston with three points. Scoring two points each were Trinity Huff and Braylynn Haines.

More McClain final scoring included Bri Weller with one point, Jaelyn Pitzer with two points, Liz Kegley with four points and Stegbauer with five points.

The first half was super competitive for both teams as McClain led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter with Burchett sinking two 3-pointers and a two-point basket in the first frame, while Uhrig scored five points off a 3-pointer and two-point bucket. Also in the first, Pitzer sank a two-point basket and Karnes made three free throws.

For Fairfield in the first, they had five points from Bronner (a 3-pointer and two-point basket), along with two points from Huff and Barnes, while Cannon sank a free-throw basket.

In the second frame, Fairfield outscored the Lady Tigers, 14-7. Adding to Fairfield’s scoring in the quarter were Newkirk, Cannon, Haines and Barnes.

McClain led the entire quarter until the Lady Lions ended the second frame on an 8-0 run with points from Newkirk and Haines for a 25-21 score. From there, the Lady Lions ended the frame with four straight points from Cannon with a layup on a put-back basket and a steal and points on a fast break for the 25-25 score.

In the first half, there were a total of 18 fouls, and from the free-throw line the Lady Tigers shot 6-of-16 in the first two quarters. FHS was 6-of-9 with their free-throw shooting in the first half.

For the game, FHS shot 8-of-11 from the free-throw line, while McClain finished the game at 8-of-21.