Angelina College sophomore Carenn Baylor led the Lady Roadrunners in scoring Thursday night with 20 points, but it was her steal of an inbounds pass with seven seconds to play that preserved AC's 57-54 win over South Plains in Day One of the Angelina Classic at Shands Gym.
With the Lady 'Runners leading by three at 56-53 – and with the Lady Texans having taken their first lead of the night just moments earlier – Baylor swiped a pass attempt, drew a foul and hit a free throw to lift AC to its second win of the season.
Carlesha Wyatt finished with 15 points, just missing out on a double-double with nine rebounds, and freshman Brittany Jefferson added 11 points in her first full-game action of the season. Elizabeth Marrero added seven boards for AC, now 2-2 on the season.
The Lady Texans got 21 points from Ashley Roberts, who single-handedly shot South Plains back into the game after her team trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half. Roberts converted five of her 11 three-point attempts, including three big ones over the final six minutes.
Wyatt scored 11 points in boosting the Lady 'Runners to a 32-19 lead at the half. The Lady Roadrunners held South Plains to just 23 percent from the field in those first 20 minutes, but Roberts' hot hand helped the Lady Texans erase the double-digit lead midway through the second half. Roberts' trey at the 3:10 mark gave South Plains its first lead of the game at 53-50.
But Baylor and Wyatt added a pair of field goals to help AC regain the lead, and Baylor came up with the big defensive play late to preserve the win.
Earlier in the day, McLennan pounded Panola 88-44 in the Classic's opening game.