AC News Service
JACKSONVILLE – A hot-shooting half helped the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners to a conference-opening 69-47 win Tuesday night in Jacksonville, while a hot-shooting team dropped the Roadrunners to a 99-83 loss in the conference openers for each AC team.
Lady Roadrunners 69, Jacksonville 47
The Lady Roadrunners broke open a tight first half behind seven second-half three pointers from Diamond Webb, using that explosion to roll to a 69-47 win over the Lady Jags in the conference opener for both teams.
Webb hit five of those treys in a three-minute span to open what had been a 20-20 tie at the break. The freshman from Houston finished with 23 points to lead all scorers, adding six rebounds to her totals. Carlisha Wyatt scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Brittney Jefferson went 10-of-14 from the free-throw line to finish with 10 points.
Jacksonville's Chelsea Rogers led the Lady Jags with 13 points, followed by Sierra Nevels with 10 points.
A low-scoring first half saw neither team conceding open looks on the defensive end: Jacksonville shot just 28 percent from the floor, but the Lady ‘Runners' 15 first-half turnovers meant fewer shot attempts.
That changed within the first 30 seconds of the second half, with Webb bombing from long-range to help extend the AC lead to more than 20 points over the final 15 minutes.
The Lady Roadrunners (5-5, 1-0) travel to Trinity Valley on Wednesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville 99, Roadrunners 83
Malik Smith of Jacksonville hit for eight three pointers in the second half to lead the Jags to a 99-83 win over Angelina College.
Smith's long-distance dialing was part of a combined 12 treys for the Jags, who pulled away from AC after leading 35-34 at the half. Smith would finish with 28 points to lead the Jags.
Roadrunner Mike Myers tallied a season-high 32 points despite missing 12 minutes while sitting with foul trouble. Myers also added 13 rebounds in the loss. Victor Mbachu (13 points), Damon Sherman-Newsome (12 points) and Jesse Anderson (10 points) were the other Roadrunners in double figures.
The game opened in a crazy pace, with each team seemingly trying to wear the other down. AC head coach Todd Neighbors and Jacksonville head coach Jody Bailey substituted players at nearly every whistle in an attempt to keep the tempo at a break-neck pace.
Eventually, the strategy worked more to the Jaguars' advantage: They were able to put up 34 points off turnovers to just 13 for the Roadrunners, along with finishing with a 49-16 edge in bench scoring.
The Roadrunners (7-2, 0-1) will host the Guy Davis Thanksgiving Classic beginning on Friday. A full schedule of games is available by logging on to www.angelina.edu and clicking the Athletics link.
Gary L. Stallard