AC News Service
In Byron Coleman's mind, it was the game that got away.
The head coach of the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners left Athens on the 30th of November feeling as if his team had missed out on an opportunity to beat the Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals on their home floor. After rallying with four minutes remaining to pull within six points of TVCC's lead, the Lady 'Runners thought they were poised to pull off the upset.
Unfortunately, Trinity Valley reeled off a late run to win 97-84 – and they haven't lost since. Currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Lady Cardinals (27-0, 13-0) have yet to taste defeat.
Even in November, Coleman was looking ahead to the rematch – this time within the friendly confines of Shands Gymnasium.
"We had our chances, and you don't get many against a team like that," Coleman said in November. "I really believe we can beat that team, and maybe playing them at home will be a different story."
The Lady Roadrunners (12-13, 8-7) have won two of their past three games, including Wednesday's 57-48 win over Jacksonville. To beat the top-ranked team in the nation on Saturday, they'll have to find a way to limit Lady Card Sha'Kayla Caples, who enters the week with a 20.4 points-per-game scoring average, good enough for first in Region XIV. Just three spots behind her is teammate Keuna Flax, scoring at a 16.7 ppg clip.
AC has its own slots reserved among the league's top scorers: Brittney Jefferson (16.5 ppg), Carlisha Wyatt (14.3 ppg) and Diamond Webb (13.8 ppg) are listed among the top 15 in the conference.
Immediately following the ladies' game, AC's Roadrunners will take on Trinity Valley's men. The 'Runners posted a huge win on Wednesday, knocking off Jacksonville 78-67 behind 27 points and 15 rebounds from Mike Myers, currently second in scoring in Region XIV with a 20.2 ppg average. Listed first? Trinity Valley's D.D. Scarver at 23.5 ppg.
With just five games remaining in the regular season, AC (12-13, 3-10) still has a line on a conference tournament berth; winning these last few games will guarantee that spot along with a better seeding.
The good news for the Roadrunners is that the freshman-laden team – Myers is the only sophomore – has been on a steady climb the past several weeks, losing some last-second games on the road before taking charge in Wednesday's win over Jacksonville.
Saturday's games at Shands Gymnasium tip off with the ladies at 4 p.m., followed by the men's game at 6 p.m.