Angelina College’s Britney Thompson (10) drives past a defender during a recent game. The Lady Roadrunners host Blinn College at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium. (Daisy de Boer/AC Athletics photo)

This past Saturday, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners helped break out of a five-way tie for third place in the Region XIV conference standings with a convincing 76-61 win over Paris College.

On Wednesday, the Lady ‘Runners get a shot to gain sole possession of the third spot.

AC’s ladies will host Blinn College, and both teams are carrying identical 4-3 records in league play. The Lady Bucs at 15-4 have the better overall record, with the Lady ‘Runners sitting at 12-6.

AC won Saturday’s matchup despite having leading scorer Tyeisha Smith on the bench with an injury. In her stead, teammates Tai Porchia, Britney Thompson and Mycah McDonald helped pick up the scoring load. Porchia’s stat line included 24 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots; Thompson hit for 20 points in the win, and McDonald added 15.

But Wednesday’s game against Blinn will feature the Lady Bucs and their high-scoring offense (at 84.7 points per game, Blinn is second in the league) against AC’s swarming defense. The stingy Lady Roadrunners are giving up an average of just 70.2 points per game and are swiping more than eight steals per contest.

Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium tips off at 6:30 p.m. Live streaming will be available at

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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.