No. 1 Lady Cardinals Stay Undefeated; Roadrunners Lose Close One to Cards
AC News Service
Trinity Valley's Lady Cardinals, the top-ranked team in the nation, showed why they're deserving of that status with a 78-50 win over Angelina College's Lady Roadrunners; and the Roadrunners fell victim to a late three-point barrage in falling to Trinity Valley's Cardinals by an 82-77 score.
Both AC teams are on the road Wednesday at Blinn College. Game times are 5:30 p.m. for the Lady ‘Runners and 7:30 p.m. for the Roadrunners.
Trinity Valley 78, Lady Roadrunners 50
The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners held Region XIV's leading scorer, Sha'Kayla Caples, to just six points for the entire game.
It didn't matter. The Lady Cards didn't reach their lofty status on the efforts of one player.
Breanna Lewis led TVCC with 18 points and the Lady Cardinals moved to 25-0 on the season with Saturday's 78-50 win over AC at Shands Gym in Lufkin.
Brittany Gill (11 points) and Starr Breedlove (10 points) helped pick up the scoring slack for Trinity Valley, but it was the Lady Cardinal defense doing most of the damage, forcing 27 AC turnovers and scoring 25 points off those miscues.
Brittney Jefferson led the Lady Roadrunners (12-14, 8-8) with 21 points. Carlisha Wyatt added 13 points as the only other Lady ‘Runner in double figures.
AC's ladies will travel to Blinn College on Wednesday, with game time set for 5:30 p.m.
Trinity Valley 82, Roadrunners 77
There was plenty of rain falling on the outside of Shands Gymnasium on Saturday, but the rain falling inside took the form of a three-point deluge by Trinity Valley's Cardinals, who left Lufkin with an 82-77 win over the Roadrunners.
Immediately after the ‘Runners closed to within a bucket at 46-44, Cardinals D.D. Scarver, Will Bond, D Agusi and Stargell Love nailed a total of six three-pointers in a six-minute span to regain control late. Love's free throws in the final minute sealed the win for the Cardinals while dropping AC to 11-15, 3-12 on the season.
Even after the Cards' aerial bombardment, the Roadrunners battled back to close to within three points with 21 seconds to play following four treys by LaDerrien Jackson and Jaylen Daniel. Only Love's four consecutive free throws in the final moments allowed the Cardinals to hold off the ‘Runners' charge.
"I know I keep saying it, but man, there's just no quit in our guys," head coach Todd Neighbors said. "It doesn't how matter how far we're down, they're going to keep fighting until the end.
"Give credit to Trinity Valley. They got a couple of guys back this week, and they're a very good basketball team. But our guys showed a lot of heart again."
Scarver, Region XIV's leading scorer, led the Cards with 23 points. Dominique Elliott added 10 points, and Love finished with nine.
Mike Myers scored 19 points for AC, followed by Jackson with 16 and Daniel with 15.
The Roadrunners will travel to Brenham on Wednesday to take on Blinn College.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Gary L. Stallard