As basketball teams in the Region XIV conference dive into the meat of their season schedules this months, some of those squads still are experiencing some of the ups and downs expected in such a tough league.
Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners are no exception.
AC’s ladies have experienced the usual roller coaster over the past week, dropping a tough game on the road, winning in blowout fashion at home Saturday against Bossier Parish Community College and falling to Jacksonville College on Tuesday in a wrenching two-point loss.
In Saturday’s win over BPCC, head coach Byron Coleman saw his team’s progress, especially on the defensive end.
“Our transition game was probably as good as we’ve seen all year,” Coleman said. “We were able to spread the floor and get some layups, so I was very pleased with the overall team effort.”
Next up for the Lady Roadrunners is Saturday’s home game against Paris College. The Lady Dragons are one of five teams – along with AC – tied for third place in the conference standings. Scoring leaders for Paris are Nikki Green (15.5 points per game) and Ariel Warren (14.9 ppg).
They’ll match up against a Lady ‘Runner defense allowing just 70 points per game – good enough for fourth place in the league in that category. Tyeisha Smith leads AC with 16.7 ppg, with Lovietta Walker adding 15.2 per contest.
Saturday’s game tips off at 4 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium. Live streaming is available at angelinaathletics.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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