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Archers Hang on for Four-Point Win over Penn Valley

January 29, 2012

Darryn Anderson  
Darryn Anderson maneuvers past a Penn Valley defender
in the Archers' 78-74 win Saturday at home. Anderson came
off the bench to contribute six points in 14 minutes of play.

To the casual fan, Saturday’s 78-74 win over Penn Valley would have seemed to be well on its way to a rout in just the first three minutes. The Archers sprinted to an 18-2 lead to open the game, but that would be the last time the game appeared to be anything but a nip-and-tuck affair.

Penn Valley responded with a 17-2 run to close the gap, and early in the second half, eventually overtook the Archers by grabbing a 56-51 lead. That would be the last time the Scouts would hold a two-possession lead, however, as STLCC climbed back in large part to its performance at the free-throw line. The Archers connected on 25 of their 28 attempts from the line, led by sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville), who was 11-for-11 from the stripe. Sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North) was seven-for-eight and led the Archers with 21 points.

Penn Valley was able to remain in the game despite the rough start due in large part to its three-point shooting. The Scouts drained 14 of their 28 attempts from beyond the arc, including nine of 15 in the second half.

Ryn Davis  
Ryun Davis muscles past the Penn Valley defense
en route to 21 points in the Archers' 78-74 win.

“I thought we had a terrific first six minutes of the game, and a good last six minutes of the game,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “(But) we had trouble all day containing them. When you’re small and people are confident they can shoot over you, then it gives the shooters a lot more confidence. I thought Penn shot the ball very well from the outside.”

The Archers have relied heavily on a productive bench in most of their victories this year, but Saturday was an aberration. Of STLCC’s 78 points, 70 were provided by the starting five players. Sophomore guard Darryn Anderson (Hazelwood Central) was the most productive of the Archers reserves, contributing six points in 14 minutes.

The win allowed the Archers to remain undefeated in Region XVI play, and was the team’s eighth win in its last nine games.

The Archers (13-6) will have a week off before traveling to Lexington, Mo., to take on Wentworth Military Academy on Feb. 4.