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Maclin Leads STLCC to 13th Win

February 16, 2012

Markita Mosley battles with a Logan defender.  
Markita Mosley battles with a Logan defender for posses-
sion of the ball in STLCC's 86-30 win.

With one of the team’s easier victories of the year, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team moved a season-best four games over .500 on Wednesday.

The Archers built up a staggering 42-point lead in the first half, en route to an eventual 86-30 win over Logan College of Chiropractic. 

Freshman forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue) paced the Archers with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Maclin’s showing was the latest installment of what has been a much more productive second half of the season for the first-year forward.

“I just try to get in there and take things one game at a time,” Maclin said. “Everybody has a role on the team and I just try to stick with mine.”

As the season has worn on, Maclin’s role has continued to evolve and expand. For a player who often found herself in early foul trouble and back on the bench early in games, an adjustment in her defensive approach has meant many more scoring opportunities in the paint.

Megan Hawkins looks for the shot against Logan.  
Megan Hawkins eyes a scoring opportunity in
the Archers' 86-30 win over Logan College of

“In practice, Coach (Shelly Ethridge) has been working with me on my defense, and that’s definitely been a help,” Maclin said. “When it comes to game time, I try to play aggressively, but not too aggressively where I foul (often).”

The Archers also received production from freshman forward Lena Alpough (Cuba), who finished with 13 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes, and freshman guard Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville), who contributed 10 points and five assists.

This was the second time this year the Archers and Llamas have met, with a similar result in each game. In the two meetings, the Archers have outscored Logan by a 166-71 margin.

The win improved STLCC to 13-9 on the season, a record that has been supplemented by seven wins in the team’s last nine games. The Archers will remain home this weekend, when they take on North Central College at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 18).