The first home doubleheader of the new year proved a big one for both Angelina College basketball teams, with the Lady Roadrunners running away from Bossier Parish Community College 89-57 and the Roadrunners taking down a good Trinity Valley Community College team by an 83-73 final in Saturday’s home doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium.
The Lady Roadrunners will travel to Jacksonville College on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. start. The Roadrunners host Victoria College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Lady Roadrunners 89, BPCC 57
A Lady ‘Runner 16-2 scoring run extending from the first to the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Bossier Parish Community College pushed AC’s ladies to a blowout win at home.
Just days after the Lady Roadrunners dropped a tough road loss to a nationally ranked team – after which head coach Byron Coleman mentioned his team’s lack of execution for the full four quarters – AC put together a methodical defensive attack to force 23 Lady Cavalier turnovers. In addition, the Lady Roadrunner bench outscored their counterparts by a 47-9 margin.
Mycah McDonald led AC with 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Lovietta Walker made the most of her 24 minutes of action, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Britney Thompson and Mikayla Bailey added nine points each; Dakota Matthews and Simran Mayfield each finished with eight points.
Gabby Dodson led the Lady Cavaliers with 22 points.
With the win, the Lady Roadrunners move to 11-5, 3-2 on the season. AC will play at Jacksonville College at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Roadrunners 83, TVCC 73
With the Roadrunners clinging to a four-point lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game, Angelina College head coach Nick Wade brought Braxton Foreman off the bench following a timeout. As Foreman took his position on the floor, Wade called to him and pantomimed a shooting motion, telling Foreman, “Shoot the ball.”
Foreman responded with three pointers on consecutive possessions, and the Roadrunners pushed their lead to 15 points on the way to an 83-73 win over Trinity Valley Community College Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.
Shooting wasn’t the only part of AC’s game on display: The Cardinals entered the contest averaging nearly 90 points per game, but the ‘Runners managed to score 15 crucial points off nine TVCC turnovers.
Gwarren Douglas led AC with 17 points and six rebounds. Christyon Eugene put together a 14-point, nine-rebound and five-assist night, and Kyron Gibson added 13 points and seven assists.
The win, AC’s second straight, pushed the Roadrunners’ record to 10-8, 5-2 for the season. AC’s win, combined with Jacksonville College’s 107-75 loss to Tyler Junior College on Saturday, gives the first-place Roadrunners a three-game cushion in the Region XIV South Zone standings.
The ‘Runners will host Victoria College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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