SCIO — Santiam Christian High often finds itself deep in the football state playoffs, which puts the boys basketball team a step or two behind come winter.
The Eagles are hoping Friday night was a sign that the season is looking up.
Santiam Christian got hot in the second quarter and held off Scio for a 65-47 win in PacWest Conference play.
The Eagles (8-8, 3-4) made six of their nine 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 36-24 lead. The Loggers (9-5, 3-4) got no closer than nine in the second half, while SC led by as many as 19.
SC forced six Scio turnovers in the second quarter, which set up easy opportunities on the other end.
“I think it was our defense. Our defense set us apart, then we were hitting from the outside,” said Eagles guard Jordan Risinger, who scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers.
Scio scored the game’s first five points, but it was SC that took a 15-12 lead after one quarter.
The Loggers scored the first five points of the second quarter as well before the Eagles caught fire.
SC scored four 3-pointers — including two by Risinger — in a 15-0 run that stretched less than two and a half minutes and put the Eagles ahead 30-16.
Scio was able to cut into the deficit only slightly, trailing 36-24 at halftime.
Risinger had 10 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter.
“They executed very nicely. They know who their shooters are and their shooters did a nice job of knocking down their shots,” Scio coach Andy Sydow said of the Eagles, who had five different players make 3-pointers. “We were scrambling trying to find guys and they did a good job of being patient and shot the ball real well.”
Scio was led by point guard Brady Smith, who had a team-high 13 points.
Teammate AJ Holmberg added 11 points and Austin Miller eight.
The Eagles spread the scoring around after Risinger’s 18. Ashton Hall had 14 (with three 3-pointers), Darren Crosby 13, Trenton Jantzi seven and Micah Ropp six.
SC coach Anthony Baugher has been looking for a complete game from his team had said he got it.
The Eagles outscored the Loggers in all four quarters and held Scio at bay when the Loggers had a chance to make it close in the second half.
Smith’s third 3-pointer of the game with 3:22 left in the third quarter made it 43-34 SC, giving the Loggers some life after trailing by 15 earlier in the period.
But the Eagles took the momentum back, putting together a 9-0 run at the end of the third through the start of the fourth to go back ahead by 19.
“This is the probably the first game we’ve had four quarters. The kids are starting to mesh,” Baugher said.
Santiam Christian 65, Scio 47
SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 15 21 13 16 — 65
SCIO 12 12 12 11 —47
Santiam Christian: Jordan Risinger 18, Brown, Jantzi 7, Hall 14, Horn 2, Roderick, Patterson, Archer 2, Ropp 6, Shelby 3, Crosby 13
Scio: Brady Smith 13, Chamberlin, B. Jones 4, Reger 3, Hull 3, Miller 8, McClelland, Holmberg 11, N. Jones 2, Harper 3, Sarbeck, Cooper