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Men's, women's Basketball Teams Above .500 as November Closes

November 28, 2011

Entering a year with the amount of adjustments St. Louis Community College’s athletic program has under gone would be difficult for any group of coaches. But one month into basketball season, men’s coach Randy Albrecht and women’s coach Shelly Ethridge have done an admirable job of weathering the changes.

Men Off to Hot Start

This season, Albrecht’s 34th at STLCC, the Archers have opened with a 4-3 record and have remained competitive in each of the team’s seven games. Two of the three losses were at the hands of NJCAA Division I teams, Southwestern Illinois College and Kaskaskia College. The other was in the season opener to John Wood College, currently ranked 12th nationally among NJCAA Division II teams.

The Archers’ performance is due in large part to the high-scoring trio of sophomores Ryun Davis (McCluer North) and Toraino Hellems (Oakville), and freshman forward Jamese Taylor (Fort Zumwalt North). They have combined to average a whopping 46 points per game – more than half of the team’s total output. However, their production also has been supplemented by a steady, productive bench, which has made clutch offensive contributions in each of the team’s victories.

To loyal followers of the STLCC men’s basketball program, winning seasons have become the norm. Since Albrecht’s teams at Meramec moved to Division II, they ran off 26 consecutive winning seasons. The transition to a districtwide team has presented some challenges, but Albrecht hopes his squad’s performance in the early going is an indication that a 27th consecutive winning season is possible.

Up next: Missouri Baptist University, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Forest Park. 7:30 pm.

Youth Carries the Day for Women’s Squad

One month into the 2011-12 season, the women’s basketball team is mirroring the success of Ethridge’s 2010-11 squad, which won 25 contests.

Making their 3-1 start even more impressive is the fact that the entire roster has been overhauled. Newcomers Shonnisha Davis (Normandy), Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) and Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville) are the top three scorers on a team whose collective playing experience at the college level is just two years. Davis played for STLCC-Florissant Valley’s team last season.

The Archers have shown a penchant for finishing off their opponents, with all of their victories coming by no fewer than 17 points.

Ethridge and assistant coach Melanie Marcy knew there would be much to teach to their young team at the season’s outset. As November nears its end, the early returns have been excellent.

“It’s gone as well as you can hope when you’re trying to implement a whole system with a new group,” Marcy said. “With only being a few games in, they’re just now getting it. We’re really starting to see those adjustments. We’re hoping to hit our stride by midseason.”

Up next: Logan College of Chiropractic, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Forest Park.

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