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Archers Pull Off Second-Half Shocker against Jefferson College

November 12, 2013

Deborah Holcomb  
Deborah Holcomb

Midway through the first half of Monday’s home game against Jefferson College, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team looked nothing like the team that started the year with a pair of wins in convincing fashion.

Appearing in disarray at times while digging a double-digit lead, the Archers certainly made an already challenging game a bit more difficult early.

The team righted itself after returning from halftime, and rallied from a 31-23 deficit in a 70-59 win.

The typically reliable combination of sophomore forward Zuri Hill and sophomore guard Kalah Martin accounted for just 17 points because of foul trouble. In their stead was freshman guard Deborah Holcomb, who established a career-high by leading the Archers with 30 points. Holcomb was on the floor for a team-high 39 minutes, and was 10-of-16 from the field.

“This would have been a very different night, a very different game without Deborah,” Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge said.

Freshman guard Abby Hutson finished with 18 points, including four 3-pointers in the second half to key the Archers’ comeback.  The Archers finished 7-of-14 from 3-point range, with Jefferson connecting on just 1-of-13 from beyond the perimeter.

The win over Jefferson is the first for the Archers since the program moved to a districtwide platform in 2011. Jefferson won last year’s meeting, 71-47. The win moved the Archers to 3-1 on the year. They will see their next action in a home game against Rend Lake on Wednesday (Nov. 13). The game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

“I thought the way we played at the end of the first half, we were able to build some momentum,” Ethridge said. “It’s really nice to have a win like this early on, just from a confidence standpoint.”