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Fast Start Propels Women to Win

February 02, 2013

Kalah Martin  
Kalah Martin is surrounded by Wentworth defenders in the Archers' 75-54 win Feb. 2. Martin led the Archers with 18 points.

After a nearly month-long hiccup in its schedule, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team seems to have regained the confidence, and in turn, the winning results that were a staple of the first two months of the season.

The Archers showed that confidence early on Saturday in a 75-54 win over Wentworth Military Academy.

“We scored the first three baskets of the game, and it was nice to start the game with some confidence,” Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy said. “We kicked it in gear, and a big part today was our defense. There was much improvement in our communication, our rebounding. That’s what we wanted to see, and that’s what the girls had worked on.”

The Archers (13-7) outscored Wentworth (5-15) 35-20 in the first half, and poured in another 40 second-half points to pull away. STLCC’s production was led by freshman guard Kalah Martin (Kirkwood), who finished with a game-high 18 points. Martin’s emergence as an offensive weapon over the past three weeks has coincided closely with the Archers’ renewed success as a team.

“This is what we saw in her when we recruited her,” Marcy said of Martin. “She has a quickness that is unmatched, and she’s wiry. She has creative ways to finish, but really, it’s been an emergence, and it was about confidence. If she keeps that aggressive mindset, she’s going to produce 15-25 points a game.”

The Archers also received solid production from freshman guard Chanese Washington (Mehlville), who finished with 15 points. Washington has been a reliable outside shooter since joining the Archers in January. Sophomore forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue) led all Archers forwards with 11 points.

Looking at the Archers’ schedule to close out the 2012-13 regular season, it was no secret that Saturday represented as close to a “must win” as they would see this year.

“We knew that (Wentworth) had taken a couple lumps, and after seeing film, we did think we were the better team, but you never know what team is going to take the floor that day,” Marcy said. “As far as it being a must-win (game), it was because of the goals the team had set for itself. If you want to be number one or two in the region, you have to win this game.”

The Archers will look to make it two Region XVI wins in a row on Tuesday, when they host Mineral Area College. Game time is 5:30 p.m.