AC News Service
Angelina College's basketball teams hosted a Saturday doubleheader, with the teams coming away with mixed results.
The Lady Roadrunners bounced back from Wednesday's tough loss to Kilgore to take down Panola's Fillies by a 65-56 score behind another huge effort from Carlisha Wyatt.
But the Roadrunners weren't able to keep pace with Lee College, dropping a 64-51 decision to the Rebels.
The two teams will be on the road Wednesday against Lon Morris in Jacksonville. The Lady ‘Runners will start at 5:30 p.m., with the Roadrunners following at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Roadrunners 65, Panola 56
For the second straight game, Bryan sophomore Carlisha Wyatt led the Lady Roadrunners in both scoring and rebounds.
This time, she got a lot more help from her teammates.
Wyatt exploded for 28 points and 10 rebounds – her second consecutive double-double – to lead AC to the 65-56 win over Panola's Fillies. Wyatt scored when the rest of the team couldn't find its shooting range, keeping the Lady ‘Roadrunners in contention until Brittney Jefferson (16 points) and Diamond Webb (13 points) found their way into the scoring columns.
"When you've got someone playing like Carlisha's playing, you just keep riding her as much as it takes," head coach Byron Coleman said. "She just keeps playing at a high level, even when things aren't going our way in other areas."
Wyatt had 10 points at the half, and the Lady Roadrunners trailed by just three points despite the rest of the team hitting just five of 26 field-goal attempts.
Jefferson and Webb then began taking pressure off Wyatt in the second half. Webb, who had gone 0-for-9 from three-point range until late in the game, finally nailed her first three with 2:54 to play to break a 50-50 tie and give AC its final lead of the contest.
"I told Diamond to just keep shooting," Coleman said. "It wasn't that she wasn't getting open looks; she just couldn't get anything to fall. When it finally did, it was a big one."
Oditte Odisho led the Fillies (6-7, 1-4) with 16 points. Chastity Taylor added 14 points.
The win pushes AC's record to 8-9, 4-2.
Lee College 64, Roadrunners 51
For nearly the entirety of the first half, the Angelina College Roadrunners held the lead.
It only took a couple of minutes near the end of the half for the Lee College Rebels to change that.
The Rebels closed out the final five minutes of the half with a 14-4 run, then allowed the Roadrunners no closer than two points in the second half to take the 64-51 win Saturday at Shands Gym.
Devante Wilson connected for four three pointers to lead the Rebels with 16 points, and Darian Banks came off the bench to add 15 more for Lee College.
Mike Myers finished the game with 13 points, but just five of those came in the second half, as the Rebels found a way to deny him the ball over most of the final 20 minutes. Jaylen Daniel also scored 13 for the Roadrunners.
The loss drops AC to 9-7, 0-5 on the season. Lee College moves to 12-5, 2-3.
Gary L. Stallard