Lady Roadrunners Upset No. 7 Tyler

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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.

AC with Fourth Straight Win in Conference Play

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners have put together quite a four-game winning streak to move upward in the conference standings, with Wednesday’s win over No. 7 Tyler Junior College the latest step on the ladder.

Just four days after knocking off No. 12 Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, the Lady ‘Runners took a convincing 73-57 win over the Lady Apaches Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.

AC battled back from a 21-10 deficit in the second quarter, reeling off a 16-2 run to take the lead momentarily. The teams ended the first half tied at 27-27.

With no more than a bucket separating them throughout most of the third period, the game turned in AC’s favor for good when the Lady Roadrunners launched another scoring run, this a 12-1 surge that essentially sealed the win.

While the team’s scoring was balanced overall, the defensive play proved crucial against a high-scoring Lady Apache team. AC forced 22 Tyler turnovers, converting those into 27 points.

AC’s Lovietta “Pinky” Walker put together a double-double – her fifth of the season – finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Zaraya March scored 15 points and pulled down eight boards; Jakayla Parks contributed 14 points; and Derrica Gilbert just missed out on a double-double of her own with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Nadechika Laccen led Tyler with 20 points.

The Lady Roadrunners (19-7, 9-6) travel to Brenham on Saturday to face Blinn College in a game scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

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