As hard as it is to earn a national ranking, it’s often just as hard to hold onto it.
Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners, ranked No. 19 in the current NJCAA Division I polls, fell flat in the team’s first loss in the past 11 games in Saturday’s 63-44 loss to San Jacinto at Shands Gymnasium.
The Lady Roadrunners, after experiencing a frigid first half of shooting, clawed their way back to within two points at 42-40 with just 8:25 remaining in the game.
The Lady Gators then exploded for a 21-4 run to close out the game, getting four three pointers in a three-minute stretch to extend their lead.
AC’s Natasha Mack fought her way to a triple-double, finishing the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. However, no other Lady ‘Runner scored more than four points in the loss.
San Jacinto’s Eryka Sydney led the Gators with 19 points. Victoria Blankenship added 16. The Lady Gators hit eight three pointers to AC’s one in snapping the Lady Roadrunners’ 11-game win streak and handing AC its first home loss of the season.
The Lady Roadrunners (12-3, 4-1) travel to Jacksonville College on Tuesday. AC will face the Lady Jaguars starting at 5:30 p.m.
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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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