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Women Look to Rebound Following Rare Home Loss

February 12, 2014

Zuri Hill  
Sophomore Zuri Hill works through traffic in the lane in the  Archers' 63-57 loss to Wentworth Military Academy Feb. 8. Hill scored 11 points for the Archers.

Home regional games have typically had a pretty predictable result for the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team over the past three years.

The Archers, who have won the Region XVI title in each of the past two years, began last week nearly undefeated at home, entering their Feb. 8 matchup with Wentworth Military Academy 10-1 while playing at one of STLCC’s three campuses.

That successful run saw a bump in the road as Wentworth rallied for a 63-57 win over the Archers. The loss was also the first to a Region XVI opponent this year.

“These teams seem to have our numbers a bit the second time around,” Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge said. “It’s a wakeup call for sure, and one that we needed.”

Sophomore guard Kalah Martin, playing her final home game, led the squad with 17 points. Forward Zuri Hill and center Marshaya Sangster, also playing their final games at home, added 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

The Archers (14-6) could still claim the top seed in the Region XVI Tournament by claiming their final three regional games. However, all three will be on the road, where the Archers have been a more pedestrian 3-4 on the year.

Ethridge took on an optimistic tone when addressing the Archers’ loss to Wentworth.

“It’s good to get knocked down once in a while,” Ethridge said. “Maybe we’ll have a little more motivation and work harder in practice from here on out. At this point, we need to be getting better because teams are catching up to us.”

Ethridge has shown an ability to lead the Archers out of late-season struggles before. The veteran coach guided STLCC to two consecutive NJCAA Tournaments, including last year’s berth, which included a revised roster midseason.

The Archers have their first opportunity to move beyond Saturday’s loss tomorrow (Feb. 13), when they travel Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley for their first of four consecutive road contests to conclude the 2013-14 regular season.

Courtside Notes

  • In addition to being the final home game for the STLCC sophomores, Saturday’s game was designated the Archers’ Cancer Awareness Game, played in memory of Mike Ethridge, father of the Archers’ head coach. Raffles, drawings and a silent auction were held throughout the game, with all proceeds benefiting a local young cancer patient.