The regular season is in the final week of play, and though the McClain Lady Tigers kept the score close against the Huntington Lady Huntsmen — even leading at one point in the third frame — McClain fell just short of a non-conference win, falling by a 50-41 score.

McClain’s road loss moves them to 3-16 overall, as they also have a 1-7 mark in the Frontier Athletic Conference this season.

On Tuesday night, the first quarter put the Lady Tigers behind the host Huntington, being outscored 19-4 in the quarter with McClain’s points coming from Maddy Stegbauer and Bryn Karnes, as Karnes eventually led MHS with 11 points for the game, while Stegbauer totaled seven points in the road loss.

The second quarter was much better offensively for MHS by scoring 15 points, and defensively they held Huntington to just six points for a halftime score of 25-19. The second-frame scoring included a two-point basket and free-throw conversion from Maddy Stegbauer, followed by Emma Stegbauer sinking a 3-pointer and two-point basket for a five-point frame. Emma Stegbauer totaled nine points for the Lady Tigers in the game.

The rest of the second-quarter scoring for MHS came via Karnes, who had seven points in the quarter with three two-point field goals and one made free throw.

McClain outscored Huntington 10-8 in the third, and at one point in the quarter held a 29-27 advantage, but by the time the quarter ended, it was Huntington leading 33-29. McClain had three players reach the scoring column in the third with Maddy Stegbauer with two points, Mikenzie Coleman with two points and Jaelyn Pitzer netting six points in the third with two made free throws (on two opportunities) and two field goals. Pitzer finished the game with eight total points.

In the fourth, MHS scored 12 points (HHS won the quarter, 17-12) with Emma Stegbauer making two baskets, and the trio of Kelli Uhrig, Kyla Burchett and Pitzer each making one basket. Also for MHS in the fourth, Karnes sank two free throws.

For the game, Huntington was 4-of-7 from the free-throw line, while also making two 3-pointers and 20 two-point baskets. They were led by three players in double figures with Braiden Collins totaling 18 points, Shyanne Conley with 11 points and Emily Haubeil with 11 points.

MHS finished the game 6-of-12 from the free-throw line with one 3-pointer and 16 two-point baskets.