With the game tied at 61-61 and a Panola Fillie at the free throw line, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners were 1:42 seconds away from dropping a conference game at home.
But Panola’s Daria Emereeva – a 74 percent free-throw shooter this season – couldn’t get the second shot to fall, sending the game into overtime. There, the Lady Roadrunners built a seven-point lead and held on to win a 73-70 thriller Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
In the extra frame, Mia Williams and Natasha Mack converted field goals, Ayesha Davis banked in a three-pointer off a Charisma Shepherd assist and Angel Darcus hit a layup off a Davis feed to build the lead. Darcus then sealed the win with a pair of free throws with a single tick remaining in extra time.
The win moves the Lady Roadrunner winning streak to seven games and keeps the conference record spotless at 2-0.
The Fillies saw their own seven-game streak come to an end as they dropped their first conference loss of the year.
Mack, battling an illness all week, was questionable as to how many minutes she would go on Wednesday night. She responded with a 22-point, 12-rebound, four-block effort in 34 minutes. Darcus finished with 12 points and nine rebounds; Williams added nine points and Shepherd eight.
The Lady Roadrunners also went 19-of-26 from the free-throw line.
Panola’s Patience Opke led the Fillies with 17 points. Emereeva finished with 12.
In Kilgore, the Roadrunner men fell 86-52 to the Rangers.
Both Angelina College teams are in action Saturday for a women/men doubleheader against Tyler Junior College. The Lady Roadrunners tip off at 2 p.m., with the Roadrunners following at 4 p.m. The games will be live streamed on www.angelinaathletics.com.
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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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