Central’s McHenry Signs with Angelina College


Lady Roadrunners Getting Pure Shooter with Multiple Skills

With numerous honors earned and several records established, Central High School’s Karley McHenry is leaving quite the basketball legacy behind.

Following Friday’s signing, McHenry won’t be leaving her legacy too far behind.

The versatile McHenry signed a letter of intent to play with the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners beginning in the fall of 2016.

“After I toured the school, it got me thinking about how I want to be close to home my first year of college,” McHenry explained. “I knew it would help me keep up my GPA, and I really like the AC team. I like the coaches and how they handle things, and I love the program.

“I’m very comfortable at AC.”

McHenry leaves the Lady Bulldog program having scored nearly 1,500 points in her career. She was a two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) First Team All-Region selection and a three-time First Team All-District selection. McHenry also was selected for the Texas All-Star team in the Down Under Sports Hoops Classic played in Australia following her junior season.

McHenry’s versatility as a shooter, defender and rebounder were keys to her success, but she said Lady Roadrunner head coach Byron Coleman plans to streamline her purpose on the floor.

“Coach Coleman has already told me he mostly plans to use me as a shooting guard, but I can’t help myself. If I have an open drive, I think I’ll have to take it. I’ll do whatever I can do to help the team.”

Coleman said McHenry is going to move right into the shooter spot vacated by departing sophomores.

“First of all, we love the way she shoots the basketball,” Coleman said. “We’re losing two sophomores who were two of the best shooters we’ve ever had at the same time, so Karley’s definitely helping us fill a void perimeter-wise.

“The great part is that Karley can do so many other things. She’s a little taller than our other shooters, she plays hard and she plays smart. She’s certainly not one-dimensional by any means. She’s a good a player coming out of this county as we’ve seen in quite a few years.”

McHenry credited her Central head coach, Tony Brown, with helping her develop her overall skill set.

“Before, I pretty much just posted up and took shots,” McHenry said. “I didn’t do as much. Coach Brown made me better overall player who can shoot, rebound and pass, and because of him, I feel like I’m more of a team leader now. Coach Brown completely changed the way I play basketball.”

McHenry’s parents are Rique and Billy McHenry.

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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