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Archers Overcome Mistakes to Win Home Opener

November 08, 2012

Datona Ball  
Datona Ball drives for two of her game-high
29 points in STLCC's 88-69 home-opening
win over Southeastern Illinois College.

Thursday’s home opener certainly wasn’t the sharpest performance head coach Shelly Ethridge has seen from her team, but it was enough on this day, as the Archersknocked off Southeastern Illinois College 88-69.

The Archers built a 36-21 halftime lead, even as STLCC battled turnovers, foul trouble and defensive miscues. Sophomore guard Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) paced all scorers with 29 points.

While Ball is typically one of the Archers’ most lethal options from the perimeter, it was her performance in the paint that led to her scoring total on Thursday.

“I just try to do what Coach (Ethridge) asks me to do,” Ball said. “If she wants me to work the ball inside and let it come to me, I let it come to me.  Things happen when you’re patient.”

The Archers also received production from sophomore guard Kirstie Owen (Salem, Ill.), with 15 points, and from freshman guard Kalah Martin (Kirkwood), who fouled out late in the second half with 17 points.

Kalah Martin  
Freshman Kalah Martin puts up a shot in
the Archers' home-opening win. Martin
finished with 17 points.

In the Archers’ first three games, of which STLCC has won two, the team has received significant production from the freshman duo of Martin and forward Diamond Suggs (Cahokia), who scored a game-high 21 points in the season opener.

That performance from the freshmen has not taken their head coach by surprise.

“Something I’ve been saying from the get-go is that Kalah and Diamond, we expect a lot from,” Ethridge said. “They’re going to make some freshman mistakes. They’re still trying to get their feet wet a little bit with college, but I expect them by mid- to three-quarters of the season to be able to play college basketball and not make the mistakes that they’re making now.”

STLCC posted its highest-scoring half of the young season Thursday, when they outscored the Falcons 52-48 in the second half.

The win moved the Archers above .500 at 2-1 as they prepare for what will be three consecutive road games, beginning with a trip to Ulin, Ill. Saturday where they will play the first of two games this year against Shawnee Community College.