The 12th-ranked Angelina College Lady Roadrunners have hardly had time to celebrate Carenn Baylor's game-winning shot from Saturday's thriller with San Jacinto before having to gear up for yet another tough opponent.
Baylor's jumper from the free-throw line with 15 seconds to play – along with late rebounds and free throws from Keldra Hall – gave the Lady ‘Runners a scintillating 80-78 win over the Lady Gators to move AC's record to 16-1, 4-1, with the lone loss occurring in last week's setback to Lon Morris.
Tonight Panola's Fillies come to town, and the last time they invaded Shands Gym, the Fillies outlasted AC 107-105 in overtime. The Lady Roadrunners, however, exacted revenge later by ousting Panola from the conference tournament in March.
The rosters may have undergone change, but the rivalry hasn't.
"Panola is always tough no matter where we play them," AC head coach Byron Coleman said. "Just because they're 1-3 in the conference doesn't mean they won't be ready for a battle."
Not that they're looking ahead, but the Lady ‘Roadrunners have a little extra incentive to attempt to run past the Fillies tonight: On the same day AC was pulling out the last-second win over San Jac, Kilgore was in the midst of upsetting No. 6 Trinity Valley in Athens. A win tonight for AC's ladies sets up a first-place showdown this Saturday between the No. 12 Lady ‘Runners and 6th-ranked Lady Cardinals, with the game taking place in Athens.
For that game to carry even more meaning, AC tonight has to handle Fillie scorers Alicia Mitcham (14.7 ppg) and Candace Vergadamo (12.2 ppg). Lufkin fans will recognize Vergadamo as the diminutive guard from Conroe who regularly torched Lufkin teams over her varsity career.
AC's men get the night off with a bye before traveling to Athens on Saturday to take on Trinity Valley.
Game time tonight is 6:30 p.m. from Shands Gym.
Any Little Dribbler or Upward Bound youth basketball player and a guest will get into the game free. In addition, the Hudson High School Pep Band will perform throughout the game.