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Aggressive Approach Yields Big Win for Women

January 15, 2012

Shonnisha Davis and Shakaunna Futrell  
Shonnisha Davis (left) and Shakaunna Futrell team up for a loose
ball against Cottey College. Tenacity at both ends of the floor
helped produce a 68-48 win over Cottey.

After watching halftime leads in each of their past two games slip away, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team made sure its halftime advantage on Saturday was insurmountable.

The Archers surged to a 21-point halftime lead, en route to a 68-48 victory over Cottey College in the team’s first home game of 2012.

“We have a new philosophy, and that’s getting more aggressive than our opponent,” STLCC head coach Shelly Ethridge said. “Tonight they really displayed that and were rewarded with the win.”

Ethridge’s philosophy certainly played out well against Cottey, as STLCC easily out-rebounded the Comets, creating numerous second-chance opportunities in the paint.

Brooke Sanders  
Brooke Sanders looks for a little daylight around a
Cottey defender in the Archers' 68-48 win.

Freshmen Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) and Shakaunna Futrell (Hazelwood West) combined for 45 of the Archers’ 68 points. Futrell, who is listed—perhaps generously—at 5-5, embodied the new aggressive philosophy as well as anyone on the court. She battled inside all afternoon, with 19 of her 22 points coming inside the three-point arc.

“For the last four days of practice, we were really focused on banging on the inside, being more aggressive, hustle plays on the outside,” Ethridge said.

The win was particularly timely when considering the way the Archers were defeated in their previous two games, as they started fast but faded in the second half. With a win under their belt, the players found it much easier to commit to Ethridge’s philosophy.

“It’s huge, because we can get these kids to believe in themselves and get some confidence, and believe in their coaching staff,” Ethridge said. “When we tell them things – like if they’re more aggressive than our opponent, than we can win ballgames – tonight  that was proven to in fact be the case. When you believe in your coaches and believe in your players, you can be successful.”

With the win, the Archers improved to 6-7 on the season. Next up is Shawnee College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 19) at Forest Park.