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Women’s Basketball Opens Season with Road Split

November 04, 2013

Kalah Martin  
Kalah Martin is the lone returning member of the women's
basketball team this season. She opened with a 26-point
effort in the Archers' season opener Nov. 1.

The St. Louis Community College’s women’s basketball season began its Region XVI title defense last weekend by splitting a pair of games at Mid-South College and Jackson State Community College.

Picking up where she left off the 2012-13 season, sophomore guard Kalah Martin led the Archers with 26 points in Friday’s 79-62 win over Mid-South.

Martin came into her own during the Archers’ postseason push a year ago, and has wasted no time in establishing herself as an offensive weapon this season.

The newcomer on a mostly veteran team a year ago, Martin is the only returning member from last year’s national tournament team.

“She’s been very committed to improving a lot of areas of her game, in particular, as an outside shooter,” Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy said.

Sophomore transfer Zuri Hill made a splash in her STLCC, debut, scoring 19 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in the season-opening win. The latter figure represents perhaps the most significant asset that Hill adds to the Archers. Hill’s athletic post presence has represented a contrast from guard-heavy rosters of recent years. The Archers also received significant contributions in the debuts of Debra Holcomb and Abby Hutson, who added 15 and 10 points, respectively, against Mid-South.

“We have 11 new players out of 12, and their styles of play really complement one other well,” Marcy said. “You can see them in practice, but in games, you learn the true nature of your players. We have a team of competitors.”

The Archers followed Friday’s win with an 83-76 loss to Jackson State, a game in which the Archers led 40-31 at half. Hutson, Martin, Hill and Holcomb all scored in double figures for a second straight game.

Though they were unable to finish off a second consecutive victory to open the season, Marcy and head coach Shelly Ethridge return home encouraged by the team’s 1-1 start.

“We knew this team was ready to compete,” Marcy said. “We were very happy with the intensity they brought last week.”