A rough first half offensively caused the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners to dig themselves a deep hole from which they very nearly recovered, but the early deficit proved too much in an 88-84 loss to Temple Friday at the McLennan Classic in Waco.
The Lady ‘Runners fell behind by 17 points after shooting just 42 percent in the half. However, behind Careen Baylor's 33 points – giving the sophomore a two-game total of 55 points – and a 13-4 second-half run, AC was able to cut the Temple lead to 72-68 with just over four minutes to play.
But the Lady Leopard shooters combined to hit 16 of 18 free-throw attempts down the stretch to kill the rally and send the Lady Roadrunners to their first loss of the season.
Carlesha Wyatt added 22 points and six rebounds for the Lady ‘Runners; Ashley Evans scored nine points and Ashlynn Green eight to round out AC's scoring leaders.
Temple's Katie Korioth led the Lady Leopards with 19 points. Jocelyn Jarmon converted eight of 10 free-throw attempts on her way to a 16-point effort; and Jessie Pittman (14 points) and Monnarae Martin (12 points) rounded out the double-figure scorers for Temple.
The Lady Roadrunners (1-1) will take on McLennan Saturday at 6 p.m.