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Women Drop a Pair in STLCC Classic

December 04, 2011

Datona Ball  
 Datona Ball looks for a passing lane around a
Salt Lake defender in the Archers' 59-51 loss
in the STLCC Classic. Ball hit for 14 points.

Facing two quality opponents on back-to-back days is difficult enough. Playing those teams without the help of two of your top three scorers makes that challenge even tougher.

That was the task faced by the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team this weekend, as the Archers fell to Salt Lake Community College and Kaskaskia Community College in the STLCC Classic without top scorer Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville), and third-leading scorer Shonnisha Davis (Normandy). Davis did start Friday’s game against Salt Lake Community College, but had to leave mid-way through the first half with a sprained ankle. She would miss the remainder of the weekend.

Salt Lake Community College 59, STLCC 51
The Archers, who entered the weekend with a 5-1 record, struggled offensively early against Salt Lake. For the game, STLCC connected on 30 percent of its shots from the floor and connected on 13 of 21 free-throw attempts. The Archers were unable to rebound from a 27-20 deficit, falling 59-51. 

Shakaunna Futrell  
Caption: Shakaunna Futrell drives the lane against
Kaskaskia in the STLCC Classic. Futrell topped all
scorers with 25 points, but STLCC lost the game
64-62.

Entering the game, the Archers had multiple players score in double figures in each game. That changed Friday, as freshman Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) was the only STLCC player to finish in double digits, finishing with 14.

Kaskaskia Community College 64, STLCC 62

The Archers closed their weekend with another entertaining effort, though a second-half rally fell short.

The Archers again found themselves trailing by seven at the half, but were led back into the game by the offense of freshman guard Shakaunna Futrell (Hazelwood West), who scored a game-high 25 points, and the defense of freshman forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue), who pulled down 14 rebounds.

The loss dropped STLCC to 5-3 on the season. The Archers travel to Park Hills, Mo., on Wednesday to face Mineral Area College.