The Washington Court House Lady Blue Lions who are currently ranked #11 in Division II in the current state rankings were able to keep pace in the race for the FAC Championship with a 57-25 victory over McClain Wednesday night.
McClain came out tough and fought hard against the Lady Lions and kept the score close through the first half of the game. Jaelyn Pitzer and Kyla Burchett both knocked down 3-point shots in the first quarter to tie the score at 10 a piece. Neither team shot that well but Washington held McClain to just 4 second quarter points and out rebounded the Tigers 17-10 in the first half to take a 20-15 lead in the half. The Lady Lions ended the first half shooting 6-21 for just 28%, one of those shots was from behind the arc. McClain was 6-26 shooting in the first half for 23%, two of their six makes was from behind the arc. Washington had 10 turnovers compared to just 6 from McClain.
The second half was another story as the Lady Blue Lions were able to wear down the McClain Tigers with tough defense and started the third quarter on a 12-0 run using a very patient offense and contesting every shot on the defensive side. McClain did not score in the third quarter until the last minute. Washington outscored McClain 12-2 in the third to take a 32-16 lead into the final period. Quarter number four was all Lady Lions, they outscored McClain 25-9 in the period and took home a 57-25 victory to keep them in second place in the FAC with an 8-1 record 17-2 overall. McClain falls to 1-7 in league play and 3-14 overall.
On the night Washington Court House shot 18-46 for 39% including going 6-18 from beyond the arc for 33%. They were 13-16 from the charity stripe for 81%, committed 18 turnovers and pulled down 30 rebounds, 20 of which were offensive. They were led in scoring by Shawna Conger who had a game high 19 points, Hannah Haithcock dropped 12 and Rayana Burns chipped in 8. The Lady Lions had eight different players score in the game. They now move on to play at the Ironton Shootout on February 3rd.
McClain ended the night shooting just 9-41 for 22% including 2-11 from beyond the arc for 18%, they shot 5-13 from the free throw line for 38%, committed 15 turnovers and had 15 rebounds. They were led in scoring by Maddy Stegbauer's 14 points. She was the only Tiger in double figures. McClain moves on to play West Union on February 3rd.