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Holcomb Strives for Success by Any Means Necessary

November 07, 2014

Deborah Holcomb  
Deborah Holcomb is off to a fast start, averaging 24.7 points
per game after the first three contests -- all STLCC wins.

For St. Louis Community College sophomore Deborah Holcomb, basketball is the center of her universe.


Holcomb lives, breathes and sleeps the sport.


Everything else surrounding basketball and studies balances itself, because she likes the idea of staying active, looking for improvement, and it shows on the court.


Holcomb averaged 16 points per game last season for the Archers. Three games into this season, she’s averaging 24.7 points per game


Holcomb says basketball is life, and winning games is what motivates her.


“I feel like basketball is my escape from anything else,” the Chicago native said. “It helps me clear my head, and helps keep me focused.”


Last season, Holcomb helped guide the Archers to an 18-7 season, falling one game short of reaching the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament and capturing the Region XVI Tournament title for the third straight season.


“Last year I was more of a passer. I can be so unselfish at times where it really doesn’t help me,” she said. “If I feel the need to score, I’ll try.”


Holcomb gained her opportunity to play for the Archers when she reached out to assistant head coach Melanie Marcy for a team tryout with head coach Shelly Ethridge in attendance. After the tryout session, Ethridge made an on-the-spot decision to have Holcomb play for the team.


Deb Holcomb  

"The first thing that stood out about Deb was her athleticism and her ability to score. She also had a personality that would fit into our program," Ethridge said. "Deb raises our level of team play by her work ethic. She is very conscious of what she needs to do to be successful at the next level, but more importantly she involves her team members to help her gain that success."


Basketball wasn’t a sport for which Holcomb had a passing interest. She comes from a family that absolutely loves the sport and supports her tremendously. Holcomb credits her two brothers for honing her on-court skills. They also still offer advice and provide a calming influence.


“Just talking to them on the phone a day before a game keeps me in-sync,” she said. “They push me, and we all push each other. Talking to them takes the load off.”

Holcomb and her teammates also have some unfinished business. Coming up one game short of a trip to the national tournament has left a bad taste in her mouth, and she’d like nothing more than to lead the Archers back into the national spotlight.


After her final season at St. Louis Community College, Holcomb, currently a biology major, hopes to earn a scholarship to play basketball at a Division I school. Further down the road, she would like to play for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA.


“I want to be remembers as a competitor,” Holcomb said. 

(Story by Charon White)