Payton Pryor drives to the basket during Wednesday's game vs. Washington. (HCP Photos/Jim Jones)
Payton Pryor drives to the basket during Wednesday's game vs. Washington. (HCP Photos/Jim Jones)
The McClain girls varsity basketball team defeated Frontier Athletic Conference foe Washington 46-23 Wednesday night in Greenfield, coming on the heels of a big non-conference win at Athens earlier in the week.

McClain held the Lady Blue Lions scoreless in the opening period and led 9-0 after one quarter. Washington bounced back in the second frame and outscored McClain 11-6, but still trailed the Lady Tigers 16-11 at the half.

Payton Pryor, who had an outstanding ballgame, scored seven of her game-high 15 points in the first half. She also had 12 rebounds, giving her a double-double for the game.

“Payton (Pryor) was huge for us tonight with the double-double,” McClain head coach Jarrod Haines said after the game. “When she finishes around the basket like that, she’s really hard to stop.

“I thought she did a really good job of getting us going, especially early in the game.”

The third period was the game-changer for McClain when they lit up the scoreboard, scoring 20 points and limiting the Lady Blue Lions to just seven, pushing their lead to double-digits at 35-18.

Evelyn VanZant and Lily Barnes were the big offensive catalysts in the quarter, scoring five points each, and Pryor was close behind with four.

“Evelyn VanZant really put the ball in the basket in the second half, and Lily Barnes gave us a huge lift off the bench in that third quarter,” said Haines.

VanZant finished with 10 points, which included a pair of long 3-point goals.

The Lady Tigers finished off the rout by outscoring Washington 11-5 in the final period and won convincingly, 46-23.

“I’m just super proud of my kids,” Haines said. “We did something tonight that we really haven’t done much this season, and that was getting off to a good start.

“We got a lot of scoring from several different kids tonight, and when we do that, good things always seem to happen. I thought our defense gave them problems all game long. I’m just super proud of our girls.”

Individual scoring for McClain: Evelyn VanZant 4,1,10, Payton Pryor 4,7,15, Iva Easter 3,1,7, Lily Barnes 3,1,8, Madi Sykes 1,0,2, Haylee Havens 1,0,2, Jaden McCoy 1,0,2. Totals: 17,9,46.

The Lady Tigers converted 9-of-14 free-throws for 64 percent.

McClain’s next game is Saturday, Jan. 15 when they host conference foe Jackson in an afternoon affair, starting at approximately 1 p.m.