By GARY STALLARD
Britney Thompson’s scoring abilities alone would have been enough to capture a college coach’s eye, as the Woden High School senior point guard is averaging 18 points per game for the Lady Eagles in 2017-2018.
What may be her most coveted skill for Angelina College head coach Byron Coleman is Thompson’s ability to get the ball moving in the opposite direction.
Thompson has notched eight steals in a single game twice just in the past few weeks, victimizing Timpson and Shelbyville in Woden wins. Her anticipation, combined with quick hands and a relentless desire to harass opposing ball handlers, makes her a perfect fit on the defensive-minded Coleman’s squad.
On Thursday, Thompson officially signed with the Lady Roadrunners and will hit the Shands Gymnasium floor in the fall of 2018.
“I’ve been watching Angelina basketball for the past couple of years, just because I was looking forward to a chance to play here,” Thompson said. “From what I can tell, they have great coaching and a great program.”
Thompson has shown herself a smooth ball handler and a solid shooter, but she said her focus on the defensive end has always been a part of her approach.
“Defense wins games. Offense gets the points, but defense stops the other team from scoring,” Thompson said. ‘I practice it a lot. My dad and my sister would always work with me on getting better on defense, and it’s always been a big part of my game.”
Add “toughness” to her list of attributes as well. Thompson showed up for Thursday’s signing sporting a massive shiner, courtesy of a stray elbow thrown in a recent game. It won’t slow her a bit as her Lady Eagles begin the playoffs next week.
Thompson said her decision to become a Lady Roadrunner had as much to do with family as it did seeing AC’s style of play.
“First, AC is close to my family, close to my dad,” Thompson said. “I’ve always wanted to stay close to them, and this will definitely give me the opportunity.
“And the way the (Lady Roadrunners) play and the way they’re coached just makes it look like a fun team to be a part of.”
Thompson, who plans to major in pre-veterinary, is the daughter of Heidi and Brian Thompson.
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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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