Mia Perkins: Angelina College’s Mia Perkins (14) puts back a rebound during Wednesday’s game against Tyler. The No. 14 Lady Roadrunners beat the No. 16 Lady Apaches 86-71, while the Roadrunners dropped an 83-81 loss to Panola at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard photo)

Byron Coleman is not about “statement” wins.

He doesn’t mind a little confirmation, however.

A day after the NJCAA rankings listed Coleman’s Angelina College Lady Roadrunners as the 14th best Division I team in the nation, the Lady ‘Runners showed they belong with a convincing 86-71 win over No. 16 Tyler Junior College.

With her father – legendary North Carolina Tar Heel, Los Angeles Laker and Dallas Maverick – Sam Perkins on-hand, AC’s Mia Perkins posted a 23-point, 12-rebound night to lead the Lady Roadrunners. Natasha Mack made it a double dip of double-doubles, finishing with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

With both post players posting big numbers, the difference in the contest may have come down to the guard play. AC’s Mia Williams finished with 15 points, and backcourt mates Arianna Gary, Taylor Jacob and Britney Thompson teamed up to knock down five key three pointers to lead the Lady Roadrunners to a 14-1, 3-1 record on the season.

Felmas Koranga led the Lady Apaches with 16 points; Kierra Brimzy added 15 in the loss.

In the late game, the Roadrunners battled back from a nine-point deficit in the final two minutes, but couldn’t get Panola’s Tariq Simmons to miss a free throw. Simmons went 8-for-8 in the final 30 seconds to hold off AC’s late charge and give the Ponies the 83-81 win.

The Lady Roadrunners will play at Bossier Parish College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners (8-9, 2-4) travel to No. 10 Trinity Valley in Athens for a 4 p.m. start.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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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.