Lady Roadrunners Get Hot In Win Over Southern Shreveport

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Angelina College’s Ashley Cherry (24) fights through a double team in the post during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners moved to 5-2 on the season with a 98-53 win over the Lady Jaguars. (AC News Service)
Angelina College’s Ashley Cherry (24) fights through a double team in the post during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners moved to 5-2 on the season with a 98-53 win over the Lady Jaguars. (AC News Service)

Playing seven games over the season’s first two weeks has left the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners little time to practice what they’re trying to run in game action.

Wednesday night against Shreveport, the Lady ‘Runners showed the most progress they’ve shown thus far, with the offense getting hot and rolling over Southern-University Shreveport 98-53 at Shands Gymnasium.

All but one Lady Roadrunner made their way into the scoring column, led by Ashley Cherry’s 15 points and Caitlyn Lambert’s 14. Malachi McQueen posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Ebony Story duplicated the feat with a 10-point, 10-board night.

LaNeique Nealey also finished in double figures in scoring with 10 points. Keonna Baldwin came off the bench to finish with nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Head coach Byron Coleman noted the team’s progress without sounding too satisfied this early in the season.

“We’re still a ways away,” Coleman said. “Over the last few games, our inside game is starting to gel. The problem is we’ve played seven games already, so we haven’t had a lot of time to practice some of the stuff we’re trying to implement in the games.

“We’re looking for the combination of when our guards and post players are playing

Briana Hale (22) of Angelina College knocks the ball away from Southern University-Shreveport’s Tra’Von Williams during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners moved to 5-2 on the season with a 98-53 win over the Lady Jaguars. (AC News Service)
Briana Hale (22) of Angelina College knocks the ball away from Southern University-Shreveport’s Tra’Von Williams during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners moved to 5-2 on the season with a 98-53 win over the Lady Jaguars. (AC News Service)

well together. In the past few games, it’s been one or the other, but not both. But we’re getting there.”

AC’s defense swarmed the Lady Jags to the tune of 23 turnovers and a 29.9 percent shooting effort from the field.

Southern’s Jada Taylor scored 28, followed by Antrice McCoy with 13. They were the only Lady Jaguars to reach double figures.

The Lady Roadrunners (5-2) will travel to Eunice, Louisiana on Tuesday to take on LSU-Eunice. Game time is 6 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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