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Holcomb Sets the Tone in Rout of Cottey College

January 10, 2015

Abbey Holtkamp  
Abbey Holtkamp muscles her way past a Cottey
College defender in the Archers' 84-56 win Jan. 10.

For much of the Archers’ season thus far, Deborah Holcomb has been the focal point at both ends of the floor. In the first game of the second semester for St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team, that formula held true once again.


Holcomb scored a game-high 36 points in an 84-56 rout of Cottey College on Saturday (Jan. 10).


“Deb was on fire today, and we’re a great ballclub when she’s on fire,” Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge said.


The outcome was never in doubt against Cottey, as the Archers built a 44-21 halftime advantage and never relented in the second half, despite playing reserves for a majority of the period.


Holcomb’s season has caused the Archers to defy a long-held tenant of a Shelly Ethridge-coached team – offensive balance. While fellow guard Khalia Miller and sophomore forward Khalilah Morrow, among others, have provided offense in bursts, Holcomb has been unrelenting in her performance as the team’s shooting guard.


While she has long favored a balanced and varied attack, Ethridge is quick to place the ball in her potential All-America candidate’s hands as often as possible.


“Her maturity level is just so high, and everything she does is for the team,” Ethridge said. “We have to tell her to score. We have to tell her to not pass, because that’s just who she is. My goal for her is to go to the highest level she can play at. I would like for her to be an All-American because I think she’s certainly deserving of it.”


When Holcomb has chosen to comply, the Archers have reaped the benefits. Holcomb will enter this week ranked seventh in the nation with 22.9 points per game, a leading factor in the Archers being ranked nationally – at 20th overall – for the second consecutive poll.


The win improved the Archers to 14-3 overall, as the team now approaches what will be arguably its toughest stretch of the regular season. The next four games will be on the road against Region XVI opponents.  


“We have to get better defensively and with some clock management, but I think we’re going to be very competitive,” Ethridge said. “I feel like we’re a good ballclub.”