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Archers Dominate in Win over Jefferson College

December 04, 2014

Khalia Miller  
Khalia Miller scored a career-high 33 points in the Archers'
87-72 win over Jefferson College Dec. 3.

Perhaps the only thing missing from the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team’s 8-1 start to the 2014-15 season was a signature victory against a premier regional program.

Cross that item off the list after Wednesday’s 87-72 win over Jefferson College.

Freshman guard Khalia Miller paced the Archers with a career-high 33 points, followed by sophomore guard and team leading scorer Deborah Holcomb, who finished with 24.

“It helps you in two ways,” head coach Shelly Ethridge said following her team’s win. “It gives you confidence when you beat a good program, but also, it makes you a better ballclub when you play better competition. It was going to benefit us, win or lose, to play them.”

The win was the third in a row for the Archers against Jefferson, a team that swept the Archers as recently as the 2012-13 season.

For Miller, who scored 23 of her 33 points in the second half, Wednesday’s game offered an expanded offensive role following the efforts of Jefferson to contain Holcomb.

“They took our best player out of the game,” Miller said. “They went box-and-one on her, so I had to step up.”

Miller connected on three of her four 3-pointers in quick succession during a second half that saw the Archers score 50 points. 

“When I get hot, I’m hot,” Miller said.

The win followed a lengthy layoff that saw the Archers receive an unexpected week off, when their Nov. 25 game was canceled due to a campus closing. While STLCC may not have been as sharp in all aspects as their coach would prefer, any concerns about rustiness were quickly alleviated.

“We had a whole week off, and they came back very sluggish,” Ethridge said. “We were starting to get back out of shape again, and it’s really early in the season. If we keep playing teams like this the way we did, it’s going to be good for us.”

The Archers will return to action Friday (Dec. 5), when they host Mineral Area College at 5:30 p.m.