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Archers Women Stifle Penn Valley

February 22, 2013

Paige Laird  
Sophomore Paige Laird battles for control of the ball
against a Penn Valley defender in the Archers' 56-51 win
Feb. 20. Laird pulled in 10 rebounds and scored nine
points.

The St. Louis Community College women could not have picked a better time to play their best basketball of the season.

The Archers continued their recent resurgence with a 56-51 victory over Region XVI foe Penn Valley on Wednesday, in the final home game for eight Archers. The win was the first of the year over Penn Valley. The Archers dropped the previous game by a score of 67-58 in Kansas City.

The Archers reversed course this time due to a balanced contribution on both ends of the floor, and received a stellar night from the team’s sophomores on the night they were honored. Sophomore forward Paige Laird (New Baden, Ill.) delivered perhaps her best game of the season in her final home game at STLCC. Laird just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Lauren Maclin (Ladue) was similarly productive for the Archers, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds. The Archers were paced in scoring by sophomore guards Chanese Washington (Mehlville) and Kirstie Owen (Salem, Ill.), who each finished with 13.

The Archers won in large part to a first half that saw Penn Valley score just 18 points. STLCC limited quality looks offensively for the Scouts, who connected on just 19.4 percent of their shots in the first half.

The win is the third in a row against a region opponent for STLCC, after knocking off Wentworth and North Central last week.

“We’ve got to believe that we can do this and they’re peaking, they’re getting confidence,” head coach Shelly Ethridge said of her players prior to Wednesday’s game. The outcome supported her view.

For a team that hit a prolonged slump just two weeks ago, the Archers do appear to be peaking at the right time, with the Region XVI Tournament a week away. That should seem familiar for this year’s returning sophomores, as they found themselves in a similar position entering the tourney a year ago. At that time, the Archers rode that momentum to a Region XVI title and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Tournament.

If the last week is any indication, the Archers could be headed for a repeat performance.