Gary Stallard/AC Athletics
Great starts led to great finishes for both Angelina College basketball teams on Saturday, with the Lady Roadrunners pounding Paris College 98-67 and the Roadrunners taking down Lee College 83-62 at Shands Gymnasium.
Lady Roadrunners 98, Paris College 67
AC’s Natasha Mack followed Wednesday’s 29-point performance in the team’s win at Coastal Bend with a 36-point effort against Paris College on Saturday.
Playing just 26 minutes, Mack finished with another double-double – her 11th straight game with the feat – by adding 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Adding to the good news for the Lady Roadrunners was a breakout performance from Mia Perkins, who notched a collegiate career-high 22 points with 15 rebounds in the win.
AC’s ladies also did the job from the perimeter, connecting for 11 three pointers – with seven of those occurring in the first half – in the game. Priscilla Murray accounted for three treys, and Mack, Charisma Shepherd and Angelica Darcus hit two each.
BreOsha Scott led the Lady Dragons with 26 points; Lindsey Thorpe added 11.
The Lady ‘Runners roared out to a 22-8 lead to open the game. Murray hit all of her three pointers in the first quarter, and AC led 30-10 after 10 minutes of play. The Lady Roadrunner lead would expand to as many as 33 points by game’s end.
AC improves to 16-5, 8-3 with the win. The Lady Roadrunners will play at Panola College on Wednesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Roadrunners 81, Lee College 62
That would be considered a fast start.
Angelina College’s Roadrunners may not have won the opening the tip, but the next nine minutes were all AC, as the team exploded for a 20-2 lead early before cruising to an 81-62 win over Lee College on Saturday.
The Roadrunner bench outscored the Rebels 30-6; the balanced scoring attack featured four AC players reaching double figures, with Jay Head notching a career-high 19 points in the win. Gilbert Thomas added 12 points and eight rebounds; Isaac Beal added 11 points and eight boards; and Kevin Norman finished with 11 points that included a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the free-throw line.
Lee’s Shawn Montague, J’Von McCormick and Collin Means scored 14 points each for the Rebels.
AC finished the game having committed just 11 turnovers. Most of those came in a brief second-half stretch that saw Lee climb to within five points of the Roadrunners’ lead.
The ‘Runners collected themselves and proceeded to put together a 14-6 run to keep the game out of reach.
The Roadrunners (12-9, 4-6) travel to Brenham on Wednesday to face Blinn College. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is email@example.com.
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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