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Archers Seek to Finish What They Start
January 19, 2014
|Sophomore guard Kalah Martin topped all scorers with 22
points in the Archers' 80-49 win over Wentworth Military
Academy Jan. 18.
The St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team could not have envisioned it would be playing quite so many contests away from its home court as Region XVI has begun.
The Archers have not played on their home court at Forest Park since Dec. 16, when they relinquished a first-half lead in a 75-73 loss to Mineral Area Community College.
The Archers enter the week at 12-4 overall, with three of their losses coming away from STLCC-Forest Park’s gymnasium.
Due to adverse floor conditions at Forest Park following the early January snowstorm, the Archers will be calling the Meramec gymnasium home for the foreseeable future. Two games had already been moved from Forest Park, including the Archers’ 83-75 loss at Three Rivers Jan. 15, a game in which the Archers led 40-37 at halftime.
Solving second-half woes has been a recent point of emphasis for the Archers’ coaching staff.
“Our biggest thing is having as good of a second half as we’re having in the first half,” Marcy said. “We’re very competitive and we play very well, but we’ll just need to limit opposing scoring runs and our own mistakes.”
The Archers rebounded Saturday (Jan. 18) at Lexington, Mo., when they defeated Wentworth Military Academy 80-49. Sophomore guard Kalah Martin paced the Archers with 22 points. Deborah Holcomb recorded a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Though the Archers have played some of their best basketball at home, another deep postseason run will require STLCC to perform well on the road.
“All of our postseason play is going to be away from home, so we have to play our best game no matter where we are,” assistant coach Melanie Marcy said. “Going to Florida (on Jan. 4-6), we come back and get our first region win against Cottey. We’re at a good point right now, but we’ll need to step it up even more.”
The Archers’ Jan. 22 game against Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley has been moved to STLCC-Meramec. Game time is 5:30 p.m. They will take on North Central at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, also at Meramec.
Notes from Courtside
- The Feb. 4 game against Three Rivers will be played at Meramec. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.
- The third annual Cancer Awareness Game is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, also at Meramec. The Archers will be selling T-shirts at that game for $15 (sizes small-XL) and $17 for sizes XXL and larger. STLCC faces Wentworth Military Academy at 1 p.m.