TYLER – The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners put up the type of fight they'd exhibited all season, taking the Paris College Lady Dragons to overtime before falling 80-75 in the opening round of the Region XIV conference tournament held at the University of Texas in Tyler.
AC's Elizabeth Marrero hit a short jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and send it to an extra period, but the Lady Dragons' Britney Gaines hit a pair of three pointers in overtime to send the Lady ‘Runners to a season-ending loss. Paris also hit six free throws in the final 25 seconds of OT to secure the win.
Careen Baylor led the Lady Roadrunners with 22 points, two steals and a block, ending her brilliant junior-college career. Ashley Evans hit four three pointers in seven attempts – including a trey in overtime – to finish with 14 points; Ashlyn Green chipped in with 10 points; and Carlesha Wyatt added 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.
Gaines led the Lady Dragons with 16 points, including eight in overtime. Destiny Smith finished with 13 points and 13 boards and Kiera Oby and Dominique Mosley added 11 points each.
However, the telling stat working against the Lady ‘Runners came in the rebounding category: Paris won the battle of the boards by a 56-37 edge, with 37 of those occurring after AC misses. Those rebounds led to 20 second-chance points for the Lady Dragons as opposed to just nine for the Lady Roadrunners.
"The kids played so hard, but they just ran out of gas," AC head coach Byron Coleman said. "They just didn't have enough to finish it off. We lost some Paigen (Gilford) late in the second half, and we had girls having to play too many minutes.
"I'm proud of the effort, but I'm disappointed for our sophomores. I know this isn't how they wanted to go out."
AC's season ends at 16-14. The Lady Dragons moved to 19-11 and will play Trinity Valley – 95-58 winners over San Jacinto on Friday – Sunday at 1 p.m.