The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners were so short-handed on Wednesday, even their assistant coach was missing in action.
Yet with key players out, others struggling with nagging injuries and assistant coach Randy McKelvey out with the flu, the Lady ‘Runners managed to pull off a stunning upset of the No. 10 Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches, winning convincingly 92-75 Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
Lovietta “Pinky” Walker and Tai Porchia each scored 22 points, with Porchia adding 12 rebounds for the double-double. Mycah McDonald scored 11 of her 18 points in the first quarter, and Derrica Gilbert drilled five three pointers to finish with 18 points.
Tyler’s Te’Aire Hambrick led the Apaches with 19 points. Felmas Koranga added 14 points.
AC’s ladies raced out to a 13-point lead in the first period, with McDonald breaking free for several fast-break layups. Gilbert nailed two of her threes in the quarter.
Tyler chipped away in the second quarter, eventually trimming the AC lead to just two points at 44-42 right before the end of the half. The Apaches again moved to within a bucket at 62-60 with 1:23 to play in the third quarter, but the fourth and final period belonged to the Lady Roadrunners. AC put together a 12-0 run to take control the rest of the way.
The Lady (14-10, 6-7) are on the road against Bossier Parish Community College on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.
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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