Lady ‘Runner Softball Splits with No. 1 Temple in Home Opener AC Bounces Back from First-Game Loss


Even head coach Byron Coleman could do little more than wipe the sweat from his brow following Wednesday’s crazy finish.

            Coleman watched his Angelina College Lady Roadrunners lose an 18-point, second-half lead to the 15th-ranked Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches, only to see Lady ‘Runner Briana Caro rescue her team in the final two seconds.

            With AC leading by a single point at 88-87, Caro stepped to the line for a pair of free throws. She hit the first, but the second rimmed out – and Caro grabbed her own rebound, put back her miss and lifted the Lady ‘Runners to the 91-87 win at Shands Gymnasium.

            The Lady Roadrunners seemed on the verge of cruising to the blowout win before the Lady Apaches began their final charge over the game’s final five minutes. Tyler’s 15-2 run included Princess Cole’s free throws with just 21 seconds to play, and Caro answered with two free throws to keep the lead at 88-85. Lady Apache Ann Nwosah converted a bucket with two seconds left, and the Lady Apaches quickly fouled Caro, who ended up creating a three-point play for the win.

            LaNeique Nealey led AC with 25 points; Malachi McQueen added 23 and Caro 14 as the Lady ‘Runners moved above .500 in league play at 8-7 and 15-10 overall. The Lady ‘Runners hit eight three pointers in the game, with Caro accounting for three of those.

            Sky’lynn Holmes led Tyler with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Nwosah finished with 14 points and 11 boards as the Lady Apaches fell to 19-5, 9-5.

            In Port Arthur, the Roadrunner men lost a 77-75 heartbreaker to the Lamar State-Port Arthur. The ‘Runners host Lee College Saturday at 6 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium.

            AC’s ladies will have Saturday off before traveling to Coastal Bend College on Wednesday. That game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

Photo captions:

            Jynelle Pangelinan RBI Single:

                        Angelina College’s Jynelle Pangelinan strokes an RBI single to left field during Wednesday’s first game of a doubleheader against No. 1-ranked Temple College. The Lady Roadrunners dropped the opener 2-1 but bounced back with a 9-1 win in the nightcap to split the team’s home opener at Roadrunner Complex. (AC Press photo)

            Lauren Garza Throw:

                        Angelina College third baseman Lauren Garza throws across the diamond to complete a double play during Wednesday’s opening game of a doubleheader against No. 1 Temple College. The Lady Roadrunners dropped the opener 2-1 but bounced back with a 9-1 win in the nightcap to split the team’s home opener at Roadrunner Complex. (AC Press photo)

 Lauren Garza Throw 1_Temple 1

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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