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Women Dominate Spartans at Home

January 31, 2013

Chanese Washington  
Chanese Washington led the way with 24 points as the Archers claimed an 83-41 win over the Missouri Baptist University junior varsity team Jan. 30.













The St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team was in need of a boost. Though they had played better than their record in the past month would indicate, the Archers had dropped five of their previous six games entering Wednesday. The Archers put that skid to rest with a convincing 83-41 victory over Missouri Baptist University’s junior varsity.

“This was a game where we could build,” Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy said. “We needed a game to get everyone involved. Everyone on our team scored. We were able to improve our defense, kind of just get our vibe back.”

That vibe returned largely due to the offensive contributions of the Archers’ backcourt. Guards Chanese Washington (Mehlville) and Kalah Martin (Kirkwood) combined for 39 of the Archers’ 39 points. Washington led all scorers with 24. Guard Kelsey Brock (Fort Zumwalt East) also scored a season-high seven points off the bench.

Defensively, the Archers seized control early, holding the visiting Spartans to just nine first-half points, the fewest allowed in a half by STLCC this year. The second half then saw the Archers pull away, scoring 48 points in the half.

With the win, the Archers completed the month of January with a record of 3-5. Despite their recent struggles, the Archers remain in postseason contention entering the final six games of the regular season.

Marcy remained bullish about the Archers’ playoff prospects.

“The remaining six games, five of them are in region, and are all winnable games,” Marcy said. “We had lost (five out of the last six), but it didn’t seem like that. I think even the girls realized that they’ve been fighting. They’ve been fighting each game. We’ve been right there, even though some of the scores don’t show it. We went to Penn Valley, had the game in hand. It was right there. No one can take anything from us. We are still in position to win this region.”

The Archers (12-7) will resume their pursuit of the regional title Saturday, when they host Wentworth Military Academy. Game time is 1 p.m.