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Home Sweet Home Again for STLCC Women

January 26, 2012

Cierra Gaines  
Cierra Gaines topped all scorers with 21 points and
also grabbed 11 rebounds as the Archers beat Three
Rivers 76-74 for their sixth home victory this season.

Most teams find some added level of comfort when playing on their home court. For the St. Louis Community College women’s team, it’s been essential as of late. The Archers defeated Three Rivers College 76-74 Wednesday for their fourth consecutive home victory and sixth at home overall.

“There’s no place like home,” head coach Shelly Ethridge said. “The kids like playing here. They like playing in front of their families, and that gives us an added push.”

The Archers needed every added push they could get late in the game, as they watched an 11-point lead dwindle to two before hanging on for the win. That score was reminiscent of many of the Archers’ losses, as they have been able to jump out to leads, only to struggle in the second half.

“We have eight losses and in six of them, we’ve had a lead in the final three minutes and we still lose the game,” Ethridge said. “That’s just a sign that we’re young. We have 15 new kids on this team, so once we start winning games like we did tonight, we can start getting some confidence and then hopefully this (second-half fades) will stop happening.”

The Archers received one of the best performances of the year from freshman guard Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville), who finished with a game-high 21 points on six-of-15 shooting from the floor. Gaines also produced many second-chance offensive points, grabbing six offensive rebounds and 11 boards in all.

“It certainly was a better game for her,” Ethridge said of Gaines. “She has so much natural ability, and no one has seen everything she has yet. I’m waiting for that to happen, because she’s going to put on a show.”

The win evened the Archers’ record at 8-8 on the season. Up next for the Archers is a home contest against Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 28). The Archers then hit the road for a pair of games next week. They face Lewis & Clark on Jan. 31 and Cottey College on Feb. 4.