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Archers Ousted from NJCAA Tournament

March 22, 2012

Shonnisha Davis  
Sophomore Shonnisha Davis closed out her
career with 11 points in STLCC's 60-54
loss to Chesapeake Community College in
the consolation round of the NJCAA
Division II Tournament.

A day after nearly pulling the biggest upset of this year’s 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team dropped its consolation game to Chesapeake Community College, 60-54.

As has been the case for the majority of the year, the Archers spread their scoring throughout the lineup. All 54 points was dispersed among five players. Sophomore Shonnisha Davis (Normandy), and freshmen Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.), Shakaunna Futrell (Hazelwood West) and Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville) each scored 11 points. Freshman Lauren Maclin (Ladue) finished with 10 points.

But a swarming Chesapeake defense, which forced 28 STLCC turnovers, along with the timely shooting of guard Shantrel Oliver, knocked the Archers out of the tournament.

Head coach Shelly Ethridge said the team’s youth showed itself in the loss to Chesapeake, after they had a strong showing in a 65-61 first-round loss to fifth-seeded Mesa Community College.

“With us being so young, we knew it was going to be tough,” Ethridge said. “But it was a good experience, and I think we’re going to learn from it and hopefully we’ll be able to get back here next year.”

The Archers seemed to feed off their underdog status early in the tournament, when they took a lead into halftime against Mesa, and held Allie Gloyd, the Region I of the Year, scoreless through the first half.

“We went in with a lot of confidence and we didn’t feel like we had a lot of pressure on us,” Ethridge said. “I thought that the kids played really well and kept battling in that first game.”

Though the Archers were unable to pull off the upset against Mesa, they had a chance to stay alive against Chesapeake, who entered the tournament as the No. 13 seed. It was there that the Archers struggled, as they were once again the favored team.

“I felt we played like we had a monkey on our back, or we had pressure on us again,” Ethridge said. “We didn’t play loose. We played really tight, and having 28 turnovers and shooting 15 of 20 from the free-throw line, it’s hard to win any ballgames when that happens.

“Our youthfulness definitely came out against the press and when the game got tight, we sort of got locked up,” Ethridge added. “I’m really proud of this team and our accomplishments. I’m going to miss our sophomores, but we look forward to next season.”

The Archers finished the season at 20-10, and will graduate two sophomores, Davis and Markita Mosley (Oran, Mo.).