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Archers’ Foul Trouble Proves Costly in Loss to Mineral Area

December 16, 2013

Kalah Martin  
Kalah Martin eyes the basket despite a defender's hand in
her face in the Archers' 75-73 loss to Mineral Area College.

With their depth limited in the final minutes of Monday’s game against Mineral Area College, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team saw a 15-point halftime lead erased in a 75-73 loss.

The Archers, who led 47-32 at the half, played much of the second half without the services of forward Zuri Hill, who was whistled for three fouls in the first half. Foul trouble became a common theme for both teams early on, with a total of 33 called in the first half alone.

Even the Mineral Area bench got into the action, with two technical fouls assessed to the Cardinals’ coaching staff. The Archers subsequently missed four consecutive free throws following the technical fouls.

The Archers saw their halftime lead, which was built on 7-of-8 three-point shooting in the first half, whittle away quickly in the second. As the foul counts mounted, the Archers played the majority of the second half without Hill and guard Abby Hutson, who fouled out.

The Archers had the game’s final possession with four seconds remaining, but were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer. The second half featured a bevy of free-throw opportunities for both teams, and both teams saw a pair of players foul out.

“It affected us tremendously,” Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge said of the impact of early foul trouble. “Not having Zuri in the game is pretty detrimental, and we couldn’t get into a flow. We had five people in foul trouble in the first half, so there was really no flow to the game.”

The loss was just the second of the season for the Archers (8-2), and their first at home. A win against Mineral Area would have been a signature win for STLCC, who has already defeated Division I Jefferson College twice among the team’s eight victories.

They will look to enter their winter break on a winning note on Thursday (Dec. 19), when they host Mid-South Community College. The game tips off at 5:30 p.m.