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Women Extend Home Winning Streak

December 10, 2012

STLCC Classic women's basketball  
Diamond Suggs puts up this shot in a crowd against Mid-South in the opener of the STLCC Classic Dec. 7. The Archers beat Mid-South 72-54 and also defeated Shawnee 80-43 Dec. 8.

















St. Louis Community College women’s basketball coach Shelly Ethridge is still waiting for her team to play its best basketball. That may be cause for concern for the teams remaining on the Archers’ schedule, because STLCC has proven to have the ability to win without its best performance.

The Archers (7-2) continued that trend Friday, with a 72-54 win over Mid-South Community College, and on Saturday with an 80-43 victory over Shawnee Community College.

Friday’s win saw the Archers grab a 39-19 first-half lead before the STLCC defense struggled in the second half. That early lead, however, was too much for Mid-South to overcome.

Saturday’s win was much more convincing for the Archers, whose defense stifled the Saints to the tune of a 10-point first half. Sophomore guard Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) led the Archers in scoring with 15 points. Four other Archers – Paige Laird (Wesclin), Diamond Suggs (Cahokia), Kalah Martin (Kirkwood) and Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central) – also scored in double figures.

Shakaunna Futrell  
Sophomore Shakaunna Futrell searches for an open
teammate against Mid-South.

Thomas scored a career-high 11 points in just under 13 minutes. The STLCC coaching staff continues to be encouraged by the progress the freshman forward has made since transitioning from the soccer pitch less than a month ago, even if the process hasn’t come as quickly as Thomas would like.

“She’s going to be very helpful for us,” Ethridge said of Thomas. “She’s still trying to find her game, her niche. The team’s trying to find what she’s comfortable with, and how to play with her. ‘Apo’ doesn’t have a lot of patience. She’ll be fine, but she gets very frustrated with herself.”

Thomas did little to be frustrated with Saturday, as she was four-for-four from the field and connected on three of four free-throw attempts.

The Friday and Saturday wins pushed the Archers’ home winning streak to 16 games. Next up is a Dec. 15 trip to Southeastern Illinois College, before a two-week winter break.