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Martin Leads Archers to 2OT Win

January 21, 2013

Kalah Martin  
Freshman Kalah Martin scored a career-high 29 points in
the Archers' 83-82 double-overtime victory at North Central.

Forty minutes wasn’t enough to decide St. Louis Community College’s first Region XVI road game against North Central College. One overtime wouldn’t end it, either.

The Archers finally outlasted North Central 83-82 in double overtime.

“Going to North Central, our first road game of the region, it is extremely tough,” Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy said. “We could just have six people on each team, and it would be a battle.”

As it was, the Archers pulled out the win despite finishing the game with just five players after four had fouled out.

The win was fueled by a breakout performance from freshman guard Kalah Martin (Kirkwood), who scored a career-high 29 points, along with seven steals and eight rebounds. With her team trailing by one with 11 seconds remaining in double overtime, Martin drove the length of the floor and nailed a short jumper with five seconds left to put STLCC up by one point. A last-second attempt by North Central was off the mark.

“We had some kids really, really step up in this game, and it starts with our freshman (Martin),” Marcy said.

At the end of regulation, the Archers found themselves fortunate to even be in overtime. After squandering a six-point halftime lead, sophomore guard Kirstie Owen (Salem, Ill.) delivered a game-tying 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining. That momentum carried into the first overtime period, where the Archers had a five-point lead with just 25 seconds remaining. North Central, however, rallied to tie, setting up the second overtime and the late-game heroics from Martin.

“For (head coach) Shelly (Ethridge), the first thing out of her mouth is that she has not been more proud of the team than she was yesterday,” Marcy said. “It was a total team effort, and it was not one or two people stepping up. It was just impressive. They found a way to get it done on the floor. Moving forward for us, it’s great for the team to come together, and they have something to build on.”

The win was the first on what is a challenging three-game road stretch. STLCC will return to action tonight (Jan. 22) at Three Rivers Community College.