McClain’s Maddy Stegbauer is defended by Lynchburg-Clay’s Peyton Scott. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
McClain’s Maddy Stegbauer is defended by Lynchburg-Clay’s Peyton Scott. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
The Lynchburg-Clay girls varsity basketball team traveled to McClain High School Saturday afternoon and defeated the Lady Tigers, 35-30 in a low-scoring but physical non-conference game.

It was a makeup game that was canceled due to inclement weather and not supposed to be rescheduled, but because West Union chose not to play, both teams decided to make this one up. The game was a low-scoring and defensive battle that saw just one player, Zoe Fittro of Lynchburg-Clay, reach double figures in scoring with a game-high 15 points.

McClain’s defense was exceptional, limiting Peyton Scott, who was averaging more than 25 points a game, to a mere five on this day.

“I’m super proud of my kids’ effort today,” McClain head coach Jarrod Haines said. “We held Peyton Scott to just five points today, and our goal was to make some of their other kids beat us.”

“Maddy Stegbauer did a great job of face-guarding Scott, and I thought all of our girls did an excellent job of helping out on the defensive end. We also used a couple of gimmick junk defenses, and I thought our girls did a really good job with it.”

McClain led 7-6 after one quarter but found themselves trailing 18-13 at the half after the Lady Mustangs got a little momentum on the offensive end and outscored the Lady Tigers 12-6 in the second stanza.

“This was kind of a grind-it-out game that offensively we never really seemed to get into the flow of things,” Lynchburg head coach Whitney Lewis said. “McClain’s defense was really focused on Peyton, so we had some other kids like Zoe Fittro step up and hit some big shots for us.”

Fittro had 10 points to lead everyone in scoring at the half. Both teams played even basketball in the second half, with each scoring 10 points in the third and seven points in the fourth period.

The Lady Tigers had some girls come in off the bench in the second half and play very well on both ends of the floor. Hunter Scott and Hannah Smith did an outstanding job inside the paint for McClain, and Kelli Uhrig hit a couple of big shots on the offensive end.

“I thought Hunter (Scott) came in off the bench in the second half and gave us some huge minutes, and Hannah (Smith) also came in and did some really nice things too,” Haines said.

McClain was able to keep the game close and even got to within three points at 33-30 after a stick-back basket by Hunter Scott with 20 seconds to play, but Fittro hit two free throws at the end to ice the game for Lynchburg.

“This was a hard-fought game by both teams, but I thought we were able to keep our composure and finish it up at the end when they were coming after us,” Lewis said. “Logan Binkley really stepped up inside the paint and used her height advantage to make some shots, which helped us out a lot. So overall, I’m happy with our effort and obviously the win.”

Lynchburg improves to 12-7 overall, while McClain falls to 4-16 on the season. The Lady Mustangs made 11-of-16 free throws for 69 percent, and the Lady Tigers connected on 5-of-9 charity tosses for 56 percent.

Individual scoring for McClain: Uhrig 6, Maddy Stegbauer 5, Emma Stegbauer 5, Kyla Burchett 4, Hunter Scott 4, Hannah Smith 3, Jaelyn Pitzer 2 and Bryn Karnes 1.

Individual scoring for Lynchburg-Clay: Fittro 15, Binkley 9, Scott 5, Emily Pinkerton 3, Serena Smith 2 and Abby Blankenship 2.