Lady Roadrunners Drop Conference Opener to Kilgore

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Angelina College’s Briana Hale (22) is looking for a screen from teammate Malachi McQueen during Saturday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners dropped a 66-61 decision in the conference opener for both teams. (AC Press photo by Rachel Stallard)
Angelina College’s Briana Hale (22) is looking for a screen from teammate Malachi McQueen during Saturday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners dropped a 66-61 decision in the conference opener for both teams. (AC Press photo by Rachel Stallard)

It wasn’t that the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners couldn’t find an offensive rhythm.

It’s just that they couldn’t sustain one.

AC’s offense struggled in spells throughout Saturday’s conference opener, and Kilgore’s Lady Rangers took advantage by leaving with a 66-61 win at Shands Gymnasium.

Kilgore’s Lauren Carroll led all scorers with 23 points, and teammates Arianna Edwards and Lyrik Williams added 15 and 14, respectively.

AC had just two players posting double figures: LaNeique Nealey finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Briana Caro added 11 points.

Kilgore spent much of its time at the free-throw line, scoring 24 points from the stripe to just 10 for the Lady Roadrunners. For the game, the Lady Rangers hit 24 of 33 attempts from the freebie line, while AC hit 10 of just 12 attempts.

The Lady ‘Runners managed to hit nine three pointers, but those made shots came in spurts: Ariel Taylor and Brian Caro combined to nail four third-quarter treys in a two-minute span to give AC a 41-40 lead, but that was the last lead the Lady ‘Runners would hold, as Kilgore controlled the final 11 minutes of play.

In Athens, AC’s men fell 100-82 to No. 11 Trinity Valley.

The Lady ‘Runners (6-3, 0-1) travel to Shreveport on Tuesday to take on Bossier Parish Community College. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

AC’s men (5-3, 0-1) have a bye on Tuesday before hosting next weekend’s Guy Davis Thanksgiving Classic.

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

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.

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