Lady Roadrunners Hosting Paris College In Conference Tilt

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A near upset of the No. 2 team in the nation, followed by two full weeks off for the holidays leading into back-to-back game days in a road tournament.

Angelina College’s LaNeique Nealey (23) leads the Lady Roadrunners against Paris College Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium. Game time is 6 p.m., and live streaming will be available at roadrunnerslive.com. (Photo by: AC News Service)
Angelina College’s LaNeique Nealey (23) leads the Lady Roadrunners against Paris College Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium. Game time is 6 p.m., and live streaming will be available at roadrunnerslive.com. (Photo by: AC News Service)

Now the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners are ready to resume conference play at home on Wednesday.

AC ended the first semester on a relatively high note, falling by just two points, 64-62, to the second-ranked Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals. Afterward, head coach Byron Coleman found the team’s glass still half full.

“This is the kind of loss we can turn into a positive,” Coleman said. “We saw how good we can be against good teams, and that could help us out quite a bit over the rest of the season.”

This past weekend, the Lady ‘Runners split their two games at the SAWBC tournament in Waco. LaNeique Nealey dropped in a layup with just one second to play to beat Eastern Oklahoma 66-64 on Saturday, but tired AC legs on Sundaycame up short in a 73-65 loss to Temple.

Those games, Coleman hopes, will be enough to launch his ladies into the final eight weeks of conference play. On Wednesday, AC (9-7, 2-4) will host the Paris Lady Dragons (9-6, 2-3) as both teams look to get back into the Region XIV conference standings race.

Game time for Wednesday’s contest at Shands Gymnasium is 6 p.m. The game will be available for live streaming by visiting roadrunnerslive.com. The coach’s pre-game interview will start at 5:45 p.m.

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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