McClain's Payton Pryor shoots the basketball during a home game this season for the Lady Tigers. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
McClain's Payton Pryor shoots the basketball during a home game this season for the Lady Tigers. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The McClain Lady Tigers defended their home court in convincing fashion on Wednesday night by defeating the Jackson Ironladies in Frontier Athletic Conference action by a 44-31 score.

The win by McClain keeps them in first place, tied with the Miami Trace Lady Panthers at 6-1 in the FAC.



On Wednesday, McClain led 8-6 at the end of the first frame, only to outscore JHS, 10-8 in the second for a 18-14 advantage.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers amped up their scoring efforts, especially in the third where they led 18-7 for a 36-21 lead. In the fourth quarter, it was Jackson outscoring the Lady Tigers, 10-8.

Kyla Burchett led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, followed by Bri Weller with nine points. Also with nine points was Payton Pryor, and Emma Stegbauer totaled eight points for McClain.

Finishing the MHS scoring totals were Cierra Bolender with three points and Jaelyn Pitzer with two points.

Next for McClain is an FAC game with first place on the line as they will be traveling to Fayette County to take on the Miami Trace Lady Panthers at MTHS on Saturday, Jan. 18 with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.