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STLCC Prepares for Showdown with Northern Arkansas College

March 07, 2013

St. Louis Community College women's basketball head coach Shelly Ethridge wants to take her team to the NJCAA Division-II national championship tournament for the third straight season.

In order to win the District P championship game, she said it plain and simple: "Play better than them."

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After a 66-54 win over Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in the Region XVI title game on Saturday, March 3, the Archers (18-9 record overall) secured a spot in the District P championship game on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at STLCC-Forest Park. STLCC will take on North Arkansas College.

The Pioneers come into the game with a 22-5 record. In their last five games, the Pioneers have scored at least 75 points - including 95 in their previous two.

The Pioneers are led by their leading scorer center Janna Case who averages 13.9 points per game (PPG). Right behind her is guard Brooke Poole with 12.6 PPG.

North Arkansas' team averages 41.7 rebounds per game as a whole, led by Case with her 10.2. The Archers are averaging 38.5 rebounds per game, with sophomore guard Chanese Washington (Mehlville High School) tops in that category among active Archers with 7.9.

"We have to out-rebound them and make all the hustle plays like we usually do," Ethridge said.

Washington, who scored 22 points in the Region XVI championship game to lead STLCC, said the Archers need to stay the course to keep their five-game winning streak and their season alive.

"(We need) everybody playing together, keeping each other motivated, being positive, just hustling and playing together," Washington said.

Ethridge said she expects the Archers to have a good shot against the Pioneers, but it may come down to who plays harder with a trip to the national tournament.

"It should be a fairly evenly matched game," Ethridge said. "They're a very, very good program with a lot of success, so it's going to be who shows up."