AC News Service
Both Angelina College basketball teams had opportunities to win their respective games against Tyler Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium.
Both the home teams came away empty-handed, with the Lady Roadrunners dropping a 66-64 heartbreaker to the Lady Apaches and the Roadrunners losing a late lead to fall 62-57 to the Apaches.
AC's teams will be on the road Saturday against Paris College's Lady Dragons and Dragons. Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tyler 66, Lady Roadrunners 64
An uncharacteristically rough night from the free-throw line left the Lady ‘Runners a bucket short in Wednesday's 66-64 loss to the Lady Apaches.
AC went just 3-of-7 from the freebie line over the last four minutes, and Carlisha Wyatt's desperation three-point heave at the buzzer caromed off the front of the rim, leaving the Lady Roadrunners with their fourth loss in conference play.
For the game, AC hit just 16 of 27 free-throw attempts, despite shooting 67 percent as a team for the season.
From long range, it was a little different story: Diamond Webb nailed six three pointers on her way to a 23-point effort; and Brittney Jefferson tallied 17 points, including an 11-of-14 night in the free-throw column.
But the Lady Apaches got a more balanced scoring effort from Markisha Hawkins (13 points), Shawnee Johnson (13 points) and Ericka House (12 points) in knocking off the Lady Roadrunners.
AC drops to 9-11, 5-4 on the season, while Tyler improves to 14-5, 6-2.
Tyler 62, Roadrunners 57
The Roadrunners got a couple of big sparks off the bench from Jamie Farrie and Hudson alumnus J'Lexius Davis to erase a 12-point Tyler lead with under 11 minutes to play, but a couple of late Apache three pointers were just enough to take a 62-57 win at Shands Gymnasium in Lufkin.
Davis and Farrie teamed up for several big defensive plays to start the Roadrunners on a 16-4 run – LaDerrien Jackson and Jaylen Daniel hit two three pointers each in that span – to tie the game at 50-50 with three minutes to play. Jackson's free throws gave the ‘Runners a short-lived lead, but after a pair of treys from Tyler's Trent Washington, that was that.
Frank Snow and Mike Myers scored 15 points each to lead AC, with Jackson finishing with 12 points. Snow added nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals to his totals.
Washington was the only Apache in double figures with 14 points, as Tyler moved to 11-6, 4-4 on the season.
AC (9-10, 0-8) will travel to Paris on Saturday.
Gary L. Stallard