The Lady Tigers of McClain High School were looking at a challenge for their first game of 2016 as they played host to the undefeated Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs.
The game took an overtime period to decide, but the Lady Tigers grabbed hold and owned the challenge Monday night, defeating the Lady Mustangs 53-48.
The first half of the game belonged to the Lady Mustangs as they outscored McClain in both quarters to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Something in the Lady Tigers locker room must have been said to motivate the McClain squad, because as the third quarter started, McClain turned the tables on Lynchburg, clamping down of the defense and keeping their offense going. The high scoring Lynchburg girls were held to just five points in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers tied things up at the end of the third frame at 32 points a piece.
With the game nearing its end, McClain and Lynchburg were neck and neck. The fans became silent at each free throw, and stood, clinging to each second as the time dwindled down. Despite how hard each team played, McClain and Lynchburg-Clay ended the fourth quarter with a tie.
Tension was thick as the teams left the court to prepare for the extra four minute period. Returning to their positions, McClain and Lynchburg readied for the tip off, both teams prepared for one last go at a win against each other.
The Lady Tigers picked up where they left off at the end of the game and outscored the Lynchburg girls 12-7. Taylor Polley, who was tied with Lynchburg’s McKayla Binkley for the high score with 16 points, shot a total of 17 free throws in the game, 12 of them coming in the overtime period. Polley was able to make eight of them.
The win ends Lynchburg’s undefeated season and gives the Lady Tigers their tenth win of the season.
The McClain girls will be back home on Wednesday, January 6 to take of Clinton Massie.
MHS – 10 11 11 9 12 – 53
LCHS – 12 15 5 9 7 – 48
McClain: Polley 3 10/17 – 16; Montgomery 4(1) 0/2 – 11; Malea Montavon 2(1) 2/2 – 9; Makenzie Montavon 2 2/2 – 6; Coleman 3 – 6; Stegbauer 1 – 2. Totals: 15(3) 14/23 – 53.
Lynchburg-Clay: M. Binkley 7 2/3 – 16; Little 4(1) – 11; H. Binkley 4 1/3 – 9; Scott 4 – 8; Waits 2 – 4; Wills 0/2 – 0. Totals: 21(1) 3/8 – 48.