For the second time in a three-day span the McClain Lady Tigers left no doubt on the court that they were the better team, as Monday’s result showed that they came ready to play on the road by defeating the host Unioto Lady Shermans by a 72-47 score.

McClain’s non-conference win saw them have three players each score 15 points in the victory, as Emma Stegbauer, Bri Weller and Kyla Burchett combined for 45 of the 72 points scored by the Lady Tigers on Monday night.

Getting to that point saw McClain (2-0) lead by a 15-8 score once the end of the first frame was completed with Burchett sinking a 3-pointer in the early stages of the first frame to tie the score at 3-3. Later, Jaelyn Pitzer scored two points off a jumper to tie the score at 5-5, and two free throws made by Weller put MHS ahead by two points.

Unioto tied the score in the first at 7-7, only to see Stegbauer and Payton Pryor each score two points for a McClain advantage of 11-7.

Following a timeout, Stegbauer added two more points, and teammate Evelyn Vanzant sank two free-throw attempts for a 15-7 lead. UHS added one more point in the first for what ended up being a seven-point lead for the Lady Tigers at the end of the first frame.

McClain held UHS to seven points in the second but scored 21 points of their own for a halftime lead of 36-15.

Though Unioto was first to score points in the second frame, MHS answered with a run of 10 straight points for a 25-9 lead with 4:12 left in the first half.

In that run, McClain had a free throw from Stegbauer, followed by two made shots from the free-throw line by Pryor and then came a jumper from Burchett. At the 5:00 mark of the second quarter, Pitzer sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put MHS ahead 23-9. The final two points of the run came with two more made free throws by Pryor.

The Lady Shermans broke up the scoring run with a 3-pointer of their own, but the Lady Tigers countered with four straight points by Weller, and later Weller added another two points for a 31-12 lead.

Burchett added another point with a made free throw, and after another 3-pointer by the Lady Shermans, it was Burchett sinking three straight free throws (all on the same trip), plus another free throw made by Stegbauer, that put MHS ahead 36-15 last halftime.

MHS was outscored 19-9 in the third, with McClain’s points scored by Weller with six and Stegbauer with a 3-pointer.

In the fourth quarter, MHS had six points from Pryor, followed by one point by Weller. Iva Easter scored five points in the fourth, and Pitzer made her second 3-pointer of the game. The fourth frame also saw six points from Burchett and six points by Stegbauer..

Pryor finished the game with 12 points, Easter totaled five points, Pitzer totaled eight points and Vanzant collected two points.

For the game, McClain was 27-of-36 from the free-throw line, while also making 18 two-point baskets and three 3-pointers in the non-conference win.

Next for McClain is a Frontier Athletic Conference home game on Saturday, Nov. 28, as MHS will have their home opener vs. the Washington Lady Blue Lions. Varsity is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.