Lady Roadrunner Basketball Hosting Blinn College on Saturday AC with Chance to Move up In Conference Standings

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Gary Stallard
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.

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners have split their past four conference games, going 2-2 since January 13. The two wins have come at home, while the two losses occurred on the road against two of the league’s best teams.

On Saturday, the Lady ‘Runners again face off against a good team – and this time it’s on the home floor.

AC will host Blinn College at Shands Gymnasium, where the Lady Roadrunners are 8-3 for the year. With a record of 14-9, 7-6, AC is in fifth place in the standings, just a game and a half behind the third-place Lady Bucs (16-6, 8-4). An AC win, combined with potential losses by San Jacinto and Bossier Parish, could vault the Lady Roadrunners to as high as third or fourth place.

First and foremost, AC will have to get past Blinn College, winners of five straight games. The Lady Bucs boast the league’s second-leading scorer in Ebony Parker, who’s scoring at an 18 points-per game clip. Parker lit up Paris with 27 points on Wednesday.

The Lady ‘Runners will counter with a trio of players averaging in double figures: LaNeique Nealey (13 ppg), Malachi McQueen (11.6 ppg) and Briana Caro (11.1 ppg) figure heavily in the scoring load, but they’ll have help from Caitlyn Lambert (8.7 ppg), Ariel Taylor and Tyanna Barlow. AC’s keys will be slowing Parker while using every player wearing the home uniforms to balance the scoring. The Lady Roadrunners average more than 74 points per contest, while Blinn scores at a 72 points-per-game clip.

Saturday’s game will also kick off a three-game home stand for the Lady Roadrunners as they try to ensure head coach Byron Coleman keeps alive his streak of reaching the conference tournament. Coleman hasn’t missed on the big dance since taking over as AC’s head coach 10 years ago.

Game time on Saturday is 4 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium. The game will be live streamed on roadrunnerslive.com.

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