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Archers’ Depth Plays Key Role in Blowout Win

January 20, 2012

Archers display aggressiveness against Shawnee.  
The Archers display the aggressive brand of basketball implored by head coach Shelley Ethridge. Shonnisha Davis, left, and Kirstie Owen scramble for a loose ball with a pair of Shawnee defenders in STLCC's 86-39 win Thursday at Forest Park.
















Last week, St. Louis Community College coach Shelly Ethridge implored her basketball team to play more aggressively. After answering that charge from their coach, the Archers are now also looking like a more consistent team. STLCC had little trouble evening their season record at 7-7 on Thursday, as the Archers rolled to an 86-39 victory over Shawnee Community College.

The win was never really in doubt from the first half, as STLCC piled up a 17-point lead entering halftime.

“We have a new attitude,” Ethridge said. “And that’s to out-play our opponents, to be more aggressive. Everyone was playing with a lot of heart and passion. I think we’re really starting to make big strides as far as building some confidence and realizing that we have a lot of talent on this team.”

As the Archers built an early double-digit lead, Ethridge was able to divide up playing time amongst a bevy of reserves, allowing the entire roster to contribute to the win.

Leah Alpough  
Leah Alpough puts up two of her seven points in the
Archers' blowout win over Shawnee Community

Freshman forward Lena Alpough (Cuba, Mo.) scored a career-high seven points off the bench. Freshman forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue) registered a season-high with 17 points, which tied freshman guard Shakaunna Futrell (Hazelwood West) for the team lead on Thursday. Freshman forward Paige Laird (Wesclin) was productive on the defensive end, grabbing seven rebounds in her 10 minutes on the court. Receiving contributions from a large percentage of the team benefits the program greatly, Ethridge said.

“We have a lot of depth, and that’s not something we’ve had in the past,” Ethridge said. “On any given night, we don’t know who’s going to step up for us and who’s going to be in foul trouble, so depth is an important aspect down the stretch.”

The win moved the Archers back to the .500 mark for the first time since they beat Lincoln Trail on Dec. 19. Up next, the Archers hit the road to take on North Central College on Saturday (Jan. 21).