Macks Creek opened its season at Stoutland Tuesday night and the Pirates came up just short in a 45-41 nail-biter.

Despite foul trouble, a tough shooting night from the field (22 percent) and the free throw stripe (47 percent), Macks Creek still had a chance to come out on top but just could not gain the advantage.

Shelby Willis led the Pirates with 19 points, Jesse Willis chipped in seven and Mylee Hicks added six points of her own.

Macks Creek (0-1) will look to get back on the right track Tuesday night at Weaubleau. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.