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Archers Drop Halftime Lead in Loss at North Central

January 25, 2015

Khalia Miller  
Freshman guard Khalia Miller contributed 19 points to the
Archers' cause Saturday, but they fell to North Central College

For the second time in as many games, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team held a second-half lead against a quality team on the road.

Also for the second straight game, the Archers were unable to maintain that advantage.

The Archers fell to North Central College 78-70 on Saturday, after entering the half with a 34-32 lead. The loss came despite a stellar individual performance by sophomore guard Deborah Holcomb, who registered a double-double by scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Freshman guard Khalia Miller also added 19 points on 8-for-24 shooting from the field, but the rest of the team combined for just 21 points.

The Archers battled foul trouble for much of a second half that saw North Central outscore STLCC 46-36. Point guard Dejae Williams fouled out, and Holcomb and sophomore Tiara Bradley finished with four fouls each. North Central was dominant at times on the boards, out-rebounding the Archers 46-33. North Central also drew a whopping 42 attempts from the free-throw line, of which they connected on 33. The Archers were just 11 of 18 from the stripe.

With the loss, the Archers fell to 17-5 on the season. It concluded a string of four consecutive road games, and marked the first time this year that STLCC has lost back-to-back contests. The Archers saw a second-half lead against Mineral Area slip away three days previously in a 65-61 loss.

Prior to their recent two-game slide, the Archers had won eight of their previous nine games, though head coach Shelly Ethridge emphasized the need for defensive upgrades entering the final weeks of the regular season.

“Obviously, there are areas that we can improve upon,” Ethridge said prior to the beginning of the team’s four-game road swing. “Specifically, defensively.”

STLCC showed marked improvement in that area during the first half of each of the past two games. However, the second half was a different story, as the Archers were outscored by a combined 86-67 margin in the two losses.

Ethridge and company will have a lengthy break before returning to action Saturday (Jan. 31), when they host Wentworth Military Academy for the first of four consecutive home games. Game time is 1 p.m. at the Forest Park campus gymnasium.