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Victory Gives Archers No. 3 Seed in Region Tourney

February 17, 2013

Chanese Washington  
Chanese Washington puts up a shot over a North Central
Missouri defender in the Archers' 68-49 win Feb. 16.
Washington paced the Archers with 25 points.

When it was most needed, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team summoned its best game of the season. STLCC dominated throughout a 68-49 win over North Central Missouri on Feb. 16.

With the victory, the Archers clinched the third seed in the Region XVI Tournament next week, and eliminated the possibility of a tournament play-in game.

In addition to the postseason ramifications of the outcome, the game held special significance for the Archers and head coach Shelly Ethridge. STLCC held its second annual Cancer Awareness Game, played in memory of Mike Ethridge, Shelly’s father.

“It’s rewarding for the kids. They deserved a game like this,” Ethridge said. “They certainly played their best game tonight. There was a lot of emotion on the floor, there was a lot of emotion from myself and my family, and the kids just came out and made all the hustle plays tonight.”

In addition to outscoring North Central in each half and receiving a banner day from sophomore guard Chanese Washington (Mehlville), STLCC played its most efficient game of the year offensively, turning the ball over just three times. The Archers forced 22 turnovers from North Central.

Washington put on a shooting clinic, draining five of nine 3-point attempts. Washington was nine of 21 from the field overall, and finished with a game-high 25 points. She also finished with a game-high four assists. Both for the team’s postseason prospects and for her head coach, Washington took no part in downplaying the magnitude of Saturday’s victory.

“It was a big win, a must-win,” Washington said. “Basically, we all did it for Coach because of her dad. We just wanted to win. It was a Region (XVI) game, too, so it was a real big win. It gives us a big boost going into the regional tournament.”

It was the second straight home win in Region XVI play, as the Archers seem to be gaining momentum as they approach the regular season’s finish line.

“I think we just needed to adjust to all the adversity we were dealing with and people needed to step up and figure out what they can and can’t do,” Ethridge said. “But more importantly, we’re starting to believe that we can do this and we’re believing in ourselves.”

The Archers will conclude their regular season at home Wednesday, when they host Region XVI foe Penn Valley. STLCC will also honor its eight sophomores prior to the game. Tip-off is 5:30 pm.