By GARY STALLARD
JACKSONVILLE – The way the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners defended against San Jacinto College on Wednesday, a mere four made buckets from AC would have lifted the Lady ‘Runners into the tournament’s next round.
With the way San Jacinto defended, however, those four baskets may have well have been 10.
San Jac entered Wednesday’s Region XIV conference tournament matchup having allowed a league-low 53.1 points per game all season long, and the Lady Gator defense held true in a 56-50 win to eliminate the Lady Roadrunners at John Alexander Gymnasium in Jacksonville.
The Lady Roadrunners simply found few uncontested looks no matter where they shot, hitting just nine field goals in each half in the loss. Natasha Mack worked her way to a 15-point, 11-rebound game, and Angelica Darcus and Mia Williams added 12 points each; however, no other Lady ‘Runner managed more than five points.
Just as frustrating was the fact AC’s defense held up well, holding the Lady Gators to a 34 percent shooting effort and 56 points – the Lady Gators’ second-lowest output of the entire season. Eryka Sydney scored 14 and Princess Clemons 13 as the only San Jacinto players to reach double figures.
The game marked the final appearance for AC sophomores Charisma Shepherd, Priscilla Murray, Angelica Darcus, Mercy Blanco and Rexesha Hollis.
The Lady Roadrunners end their season with a record of 19-12.
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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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