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Women Close Out 2011 with Victory

December 20, 2011

Lauren Maclin  
Lauren Maclin looks for an opening
around a Lincoln Trail defender in
Monday's 74-58  Archer victory.

In what was otherwise a disappointing December for the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team, the Archers ended the month on a solid note Monday, defeating Lincoln Trail College 74-58.

The game remained in question through the first half, as the Archers saw what was an early double-digit lead get whittled down to just a single point at the half.

But STLCC managed to regain the momentum in the second half, outscoring the Statesmen 41-26 to cruise to the 16-point win. The Archers responded well to head coach Shelly Ethridge’s halftime message.

“The message was clear that if we didn’t pick it up defensively, then we were going to have a really tough practice when we come back from Christmas break,” Ethridge said. “I think we started the game out on Christmas break already, but I was real happy with the way we played in the second half.”

The Archers found their success in the post, out-rebounding the Statesmen 54-24. Sophomore forward Shonnisha Davis (Normandy) turned in her best statistical game this year, scoring 16 points and grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards.

Freshman guard Shakaunna Futrell (Hazelwood West) led the Archers with 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting. Freshman guard Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) collected a double-double, with 14 points and 13 rebounds in her 33 minutes on the floor.

Kirstie Owen  
Freshman Kirstie Owen puts up a short jumper
in the Archers' 74-58 win over Lincoln Trail

With the victory, the Archers evened their record at 5-5, and stopped a four-game losing streak.

The Archers will be off until Jan. 4, when they travel to Melbourne, Fla., for games against the Brevard Flame and Brevard Community College.

“Hopefully it gives us a little confidence,” Ethridge said. “We had a tough stretch of games as of late, but (they’re) good, competitive games that I hope we learn from and get us ready for our conference and regional games. It means a lot going out on a win.”