Lady Roadrunners Push Past McLennan in Angelina Classic

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Angelina College’s Ariel Taylor (11) drives for a layup over McLennan’s Diamond Ervin (22) during Saturday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners used a third-quarter surge to take down the Highlassies 72-65 in the final day of the Angelina Classic. (Photo: DeShun Pham-Adams | AC Press photo)
Angelina College’s Ariel Taylor (11) drives for a layup over McLennan’s Diamond Ervin (22) during Saturday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners used a third-quarter surge to take down the Highlassies 72-65 in the final day of the Angelina Classic. (Photo: DeShun Pham-Adams | AC Press photo)

After grinding through the first two quarters just trying to keep pace, Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners got lifts from a third-quarter surge and a big night from freshman Tyanna Barlow to beat McLennan College 73-65 Saturday at Shands Gymnasium in the final day of the Angelina Classic.

AC’s Mikayla Crockett hit a three pointer at the 6:49 mark of the third quarter to put the Lady ‘Runners up 34-33, and AC wouldn’t trail again, leading by as many as 19 points by game’s end.

Barlow hit six of her nine field-goal attempts, including a 2-for-2 effort from three-point range, to lead the Lady Roadrunners with 18 points. LaNeique Nealey added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Ebony Story and Ashley Cherry added nine points each, with Story pulling down eight rebounds as well.

Kyera Coleman led McLennan with 15 points; Ariana Sanders added 11.

In the day’s early game, Seminole State’s Torrii Tarkington put back a miss with 10 seconds to play to lift the Belles to a 73-72 win over Panola College.

The Lady Roadrunners (3-2) will host LSU-Eunice Monday evening at 6 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium.

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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