Lady Roadrunner Rally Falls Short against Blinn

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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.

Down by 14 points with just under six minutes to play, Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners staged a furious rally, cutting Blinn College’s lead to three points with 1:23 to play in the contest.

            They couldn’t close the gap, however, with the Lady Bucs hitting clutch shots down the stretch to hold off AC 72-67 Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.

            Blinn’s Ebony Parker hit a three-point dagger with 1:02 to play, and teammate Ekiya Gray followed up with three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Lady Bucs’ win.

            The Lady ‘Runners dug themselves the double-digit deficit hole with an uncharacteristic rash of turnovers: AC lost the ball 21 times, leading to 22 points for Blinn. Much of the credit went to the Lady Buc defenders, who used their interior length to thwart the Lady Roadrunners’ attempts at entry passes in the paint. Blinn’s Penina Faumui swiped three of her team’s nine steals in the game.

            Malachi McQueen led AC with 21 points, hitting nine of her 10 free-throw attempts. Caitlyn Lambert battled her way inside for 13 points, and LaNeique Nealey finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

            Blinn’s Gray led the Lady Bucs with 20 points, with 10 of those coming at the free-throw line. Jeliah Preston’s 19 points all came in the first half; and Ebony Parker shrugged off a slow start to finish with 14 points. Blinn moved to 17-6, 9-4 with the win.

            The Lady Roadrunners (14-10, 7-7) will host Tyler College at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.

 LaNeique Nealey 1_BlinnAngelina College’s LaNeique Nealey (23) soars above Blinn College’s Jeliah Preston during Saturday’s game. Blinn held off a late Lady Roadrunner rally to win 72-67 at Shands Gymnasium. (AC Press photo by DeShun Pham-Adams)

  Ariel Taylor (11) of Angelina College drives against Blinn College’s Jasline Chandler (2) and Ekiya Gray (22) during Saturday’s game. Blinn held off a late Lady Roadrunner rally to win 72-67 at Shands Gymnasium. (AC Press photo by DeShun Pham-Adams)

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