Lady ‘Runners Shine In Wiley College Scrimmage Win

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Tyanna Barlow Drive 1_Wiley Scrimmage
Angelina College’s Tyanna Barlow glides for a fourth-quarter layup during Monday’s scrimmage with Wiley College at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners rolled to a 68-52 win over the Wildcats in AC’s final pre-season game before opening the regular season on Friday. (Photo: AC News Service)

Byron Coleman was feeling pretty good about having 10 sophomores – with six of those returning from last year – on his squad heading into the 2015-2016 season. After Monday, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner head coach is pretty high on his new faces, too.

Freshman Mikayla Crockett knocked down five three pointers on her way to a game-high 19 points, and fellow freshmen Tyanna Barlow and LaNeique Nealey added 10 points each to lead AC to a 68-52 win over Wiley College Monday night at Shands Gymnasium.

Guards Crockett and Barlow gave AC a perimeter game, while post players and sophomores Caitlyn Lambert (seven points) and Ashley Cherry (six points) held down the middle. Wiley’s Alexis Bernstine led the Wildcats with 11 points; Anika Nottingham added eight more.

Playing under the NCAA’s new rules for women’s college basketball, the teams played four 10-minute quarters rather than the previous two 20-minute halves. AC led 11-3 after the first quarter behind threes from Crockett and Briana Caro, pushed the margin to 27-18 before the half and kept the lead at double digits at 43-33 at the end of the third. In each period, Wiley was able to put together scoring runs, only to have the Lady ‘Runners answer with big defensive plays leading to big shots.

The Lady Roadrunners open the regular season Friday at the McLennan Classic in Waco. AC will play McLennan College at 2 p.m. on Friday and Temple College at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The e-mail address for Angelina College’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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