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Archers Fill Out Roster with Size, Scoring Punch

May 01, 2014

Women's basketball team recruits  
The newest members of the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team recently signed their letters of intent. They are, seated from left, Sierra McClure, Lorielle Little, Lindsey Bozdeck and Amanda Hughes.  The recruits are joined by Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge, standing left, and assistant coach Melanie Marcy.

Losing two of its top three scorers, St. Louis Community College women’s basketball coach Shelly Ethridge hopes six new recruits will be able to help fill that void, plus add size and strength to the lineup.

The Archers’ new recruiting class includes Khalia Miller (North County Technical High School), Lindsey Bozdeck (Lindbergh), Sierra McClure (Northwest), Amanda Hughes (Marshalltown, Ia., High School), Lorielle Little (Ashford University/Hillcrest High School), and Abbey Holtkamp (Centralia, Ill., High School).

Khalia Miller  
Khalia Miller
(photo by Fred Wilke, STLhighschoolsports.com)

Miller, a 5-6 guard, led North Tech to its first appearance in the Missouri Class 3A semifinals in 2012-13, and averaged more than 20 points a game as a senior last season. She is a two-time Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 girls all-state first team selection. Assistant coach Melanie Marcy said Miller was a highly sought-after recruit among Midwest junior colleges. 

“She is a gym rat, and is a difference maker at the guard spot,” Marcy said.

Bozdeck, a 6-0 forward, was named to the Suburban West all-conference first team.  She averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds a game for Lindbergh, which finished 16-15.

“Lindsey is a combo player who has great court awareness and can score inside with finesse, and step out to play the guard spot with long-range shooting potential,” Marcy said.

The 5-10 McClure was named to the Suburban West all-conference second team. She averaged about 12 points and 5 rebounds a game for the Lions, who finished the season at 14-10. Marcy said McClure can help the team with her ability to play several positions.

Hughes, a 5-9 point guard, averaged about 16 points and 6 rebounds for Marshalltown.

“Amanda comes from an Iowa conference that is highly competitive, and she works to help her team in any way,” Marcy said. “She brings great size to the guard spot at 5-9, and has the ability to score on the drive and from the outside.”

Little, 6-1, averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds a game during her career at Hillcrest (Chicago, Ill.) High School. 

“She has great athleticism and brings a major shot blocking presence to the inside,” Marcy said. “We look for her to step in at the post position, bring leadership, and have a very successful year for us.” 

The 6-0 Holtkamp averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds a game at Centralia, and also could be an inside force for the Archers.

“Abbey can score strong on the inside and step outside and hit the 3 (-point shot), and she will do what it takes for the team to win,” Marcy said.

STLCC, which loses four players to graduation, finished 17-8 last season. The Archers advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Division II Tournament in both 2012 and 2013.