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Women Hang on at Penn Valley for Second Straight Road Win

February 13, 2012

Cierra Gaines  
Cierra Gaines paced the Archers' attack with 14 points in a 54-53
road victory at Penn Valley Saturday.

By winning on the road and hanging on to a narrow halftime lead on Saturday in Kansas City, St. Louis Community College overcame two season-long struggles in the team’s 54-53 win over Penn Valley College.

Saturday’s win suggests a great deal of growth in a team that built leads in numerous first-half games, only to see that advantage evaporate late in the second half. The Archers had no such fade against the Scouts, who trailed at half by just one point at 29-28, but were held to just 25 points in what became a defensive struggle of a second half. The Scouts were also burned by their inability to produce at the free-throw line, as Penn Valley converted just six attempts from the charity stripe for the game.

The Archers were led in scoring by freshman guard Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville) with 14 points. Following closely behind was freshman forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue), who scored 12. Maclin has received a boost in playing time in the past month, and has rewarded her coaching staff nicely, averaging 15.3 points over her last three games.

The Archers (12-9) now have won six of their past eight games, and swept the season series from Penn Valley. Their remaining schedule remains favorable as well, with three home games in a six-day stretch starting Wednesday (Feb. 15) against Logan College of Chiropractic. The Archers have proven to be a difficult challenge at Forest Park this year, with an 8-1 home record. Wednesday’s contests starts at 5:30 p.m.