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With Alumni on Hand, Archers Sweep Lewis and Clark

February 21, 2012

Markita Mosley, Shelly Ethridge and Shonnisha Davis  
Sophomores Markita Mosley, left, and Shonnisha Davis, right join
Coach Shelly Ethridge for a photo during the Navy and Silver Spirit
game at Forest Park. Davis scored 10 points in her final home game,
a 65-59 win over Lewis and Clark Community College.

On a night when the Archers honored the history of St. Louis Community College basketball, this year’s men’s and women’s teams showed the current brand is pretty good, too.

The Archers swept a doubleheader from Lewis and Clark Community College on Navy and Silver Spirit Night, the women winning 65-59 and the men claiming a 62-47 win, their 12th straight.

With former players, coaches and athletics staff in attendance, the STLCC women battled back from a late second-half deficit to win their sixth consecutive game.

To win a game in that manner is a marked improvement from where the team found itself two months ago, as the Archers routinely struggled in the second half of games.

“It’s tremendous growth,” head coach Shelly Ethridge said. “At one point in the season, we were 6-8, and out of those eight losses, six were by 10 or less. We couldn’t win any close game. So for us to have a halftime lead, lose the lead in the second half, and to regain the lead at the three-minute mark and maintain it, we have made huge strides.”

Sophomores Shonnisha Davis (Normandy) and Markita Mosley (Oran, Mo.) were honored prior to Monday’s game, and each received a start in what was their final game at Forest Park. Davis scored 10 points for the Archers.

The Archers have been a team built on youth this year, and with only two sophomores, the burden of leadership was placed squarely on the shoulders of Davis and Mosley.

“Both of those players are going to be greatly missed,” Ethridge said. “When we talk about who we’re playing next, those two have played those teams. Their leadership is impeccable and they’re going to be greatly missed.”

Randy Albrecht and Phil Noser  
Randy Albrecht, left, shares a laugh with former assistant
coach Phil Noser during the special celebration of STLCC
basketball at the Navy and Silver Spirit doubleheader.

The men’s team played a game devoid of the type of late-game drama involved in the women’s contest. After grabbing a 28-16 lead at halftime, the Archers maintained a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half en route to their victory.

After scoring 101 points in Saturday’s win over North Central College, Monday’s game posed a stark contrast, with defense and free-throw shooting becoming much greater factors in the outcome.

“I thought we really needed this kind of game,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “I don’t like to start thinking, you score 101 points so you get big averages and everyone needs to score a lot of points. You have to win the gutty games, the games where every possession counts.”

Sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North), who entered the game as the Archers’ leading scorer with an average of 16 points per game, matched his season average to pace the squad.

Davis, who was honored prior to the game along with five other sophomore men, joins fellow sophomore Toraino Hellems (Oakville) as one of the most reliable figures for Albrecht over the past two seasons.

Cecil Edward  
Cecil Edward, former coach of the Forest Park women's basketball
team, shakes hands with Trustee Hattie Jackson during the Navy and
Silver Spirit Game at Forest Park.

“They’ve played very well for us for two years,” Albrecht said of Davis and Hellems. “I think they were also very well coached in high school. They played on teams that went to the final four, played for state championships and played in tough conferences. They’re talented players and have a good background for basketball, so I’m pleased for them that they can finish this way.”

Sideline Notes

  • St. Louis Community College welcomed back 24 former members of Athletics programs Monday as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.
  • The Archer women, who claimed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region XVI Tournament in Sedalia, Mo., close out the regular season with a pair of road games – Feb. 25 at Shawnee and Feb. 29 at Missouri Baptist University.
  • With 12 consecutive victories, the men’s team is one win shy of matching Albrecht’s 13-game winning streak with Meramec during last year’s 29-7 season.
  • In addition to Davis and Hellems, sophomores Jordan Jones (Marquette), Darryn Anderson (Hazelwood Central), Kyle Rice (Kirkwood), Clyde Jeffers (Ladue) and Harvey Mills (Henrico, Va.) were honored prior to Monday’s game.
  • The Archer men also hit the road for a pair of games, Feb. 25 at Shawnee and Feb. 29 at Lincoln. They conclude the regular season March 3 with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Wentworth Military Academy at Forest Park. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore members of the men's basketbal team  
College officials and coaches recognize the sophomore members of the men's basketball team
and their families prior to the start of the Archers' 62-47 win over Lewis and Clark Community