Continuing a trend that has been a constant under head coach Shelly Ethridge, the St. Louis Community College women’s basketball team will enter the Region XVI Tournament this weekend playing some of its best basketball of the season.
The Archers concluded their regular season Sunday with an 84-43 rout of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
The Archers (23-6) closed the regular season with five consecutive victories, and are ranked 19th in the most recent NJCAA coaches’ poll. It’s the third time this season the Archers have cracked the top 20 in the NJCAA national rankings.
Sunday’s victory was fueled by sophomore guard Deborah Holcomb, who led the Archers with 26 points. She was honored at halftime of the contest for eclipsing the 1,000 career point plateau last week against Three Rivers College, becoming the first Archers player to do so.
Fellow guard Khalia Miller scored 23 points. Nine of the 11 players on the roster registered at least two points in a game that became decided early. The Archers rushed to a 35-21 lead at the half and added on from there.
The Archers will enter the postseason with a record of 7-1 against regional opponents. Their only blemish was a 78-70 loss at North Central Missouri College Jan. 24, a loss that the Archers avenged at home just two weeks later. Due to a tiebreaker, the Archers will enter the Region XVI Tournament as the second seed, behind North Central. Both North Central and the Archers enter the postseason with a significant amount of momentum. North Central has won 12 of its last 13 games, with the only loss being to STLCC on Feb. 7. Of the five wins the Archers collected to close out the regular season, each margin of victory was by at least 20 points.
- In addition to honoring Holcomb at halftime of Sunday’s game, the Archers also recognized five other sophomores – Dajae Williams, Lorielle Little, Tiara Bradley, Khalilah Morrow and Brandy Ward.
- Sunday also marked the team’s fourth annual Cancer Awareness Game, played in honor of Mike and Judy Ethridge, parents of head coach Shelly Ethridge. All proceeds from concessions and silent auction bids throughout the game will benefit the Ethridge Cancer Foundation.