AC News Service
TYLER – A relentless, 40-minute effort from the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners pushed No. 2-seeded Tyler College to the brink, but the Lady Apaches ended AC's season a single point shy of an upset, escaping with an 84-83 win in the opening round of the Region XIV tournament in Tyler.
Lady 'Runner Diamond Webb, fouled on a three-point attempt with two seconds to play in regulation and AC trailing 84-81, hit the first two attempts, but her third shot caromed off the rim and into the relieved and waiting arms of the Lady Apaches.
The grief-stricken Webb crumpled to the floor at the final buzzer, but that last free throw never should have carried that much weight: The Lady Roadrunners forced three Tyler turnovers in the final 20 seconds, only to reciprocate by committing miscues of their own – missed opportunities that might have led to a comfortable lead. Instead, AC's season came to an end just short of a stunning upset.
AC's Carlisha Wyatt ended her superb career on a high note, tallying 30 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Webb finished with 23 points, and Brittney Jefferson – another sophomore making her final appearance in a Lady Roadrunner uniform – finished with 10 despite finishing the game with an injury.
Tyler's Markisha Hawkins led the Lady Apaches with 26 points, Cecilia Okoye added 22 points and eight boards, and Ericka House hit a trio of three pointers with a one-minute span to finish with 11 points.