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Archers Dissatisfied Despite 2-0 Performance in STLCC Classic

December 15, 2014

Khalilah Morrow  
Khalilah Morrow had a season-best 18 points against
Lewis and Clark in the Archers' 75-53 win in the STLCC
Classic Dec. 12.

For many coaches, a 2-0 weekend would typically bring at least some level of contentment.

Just don’t include Shelly Ethridge in that number.

Fresh of an 85-35 win over Morton Community College—the second convincing win in as many days—Ethridge was left a bit disappointed in how her Archers closed out Saturday’s game.

“We still have a lot to do. In particular, we need to be better on the defensive end and we need more production from our post players,” she said. “If we can get those things fixed, then I’ll be happy. We have a long way to go right now.”

The Archers, who knocked off Lewis and Clark 75-53 less than 24 hours previous to their rout of Morton, will see their schedule undergo a sharp uptick in quality this week, when they host Shawnee Community College (5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16) and travel to Jefferson College Wednesday (Dec. 17) for a 6 p.m. contest.

The light resistance faced this past weekend did little to convince Ethridge that her team was where it needs to be entering what could be a pivotal week.

“These games are more challenging for us mentally than they are physically,” Ethridge said. “In terms of the physical aspect of the game, this probably gave us a step back. As far as the mental aspect of it, it helps us.”

In what was something of a silver lining for Ethridge, the Archers’ bench did manage to provide quality minutes for much of the weekend. Four different Archers reached double figures in scoring in Friday’s win over Lewis and Clark, led by sophomore Khalilah Morrow, who finished with a season-best 18 points.

Sophomore guard Deborah Holcomb led the Archers in scoring on Saturday with 23 points against Morton, before giving way to the bench early in the second half. Abby Holtkamp netted 14 points, while Myia Bridges added 12 and Khalia Miller, 11, to round out the Archers in double-digit scoring.

“We were able to get everyone involved, and the fact that we were able to get some new plays in today, that was a positive,” Ethridge said.

Ethridge’s comments give a clear indication of the development of the Archers program under her direction. After missing the national tournament for the first time in four years last winter, the Archers’ head coach has guided her team to an 11-2 start, the best 13-game start since STLCC athletics transitioned to a districtwide department in 2011.


  • The Archers and Illinois Central College each went 2-0 during the STLCC Women’s Classic.
  • All 11 players on the STLCC roster logged at least 10 minutes against Morton, the first time each player has reached double figures in minutes on the floor in a game this year.