Angelina men and women win close Wednesday night

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - AC News Service

Defense kept them in the game during a cold-shooting first half, and defense bailed them out at the end.

Lady Roadrunners Cekret Davis blocked a shot and grabbed the rebound with 56 seconds remaining and DeAnna Waters and Demetria Foreman hit game-clinching free throws to clinch Angelina College's 68-65 win over Tyler College in each team's conference opener Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium.

In Athens, the Roadrunners won a thriller over Trinity Valley, hitting late free throws for a 62-60 win over the Cardinals.

Foreman, who struggled to a four-point first half, exploded for 17 in the second to lead all scorers with 21 points, adding five assists to her offensive totals. Davis finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a pair of blocks; Eliqua Brooks added 12 points and Lexi Harris 10 in extending the Lady 'Runners' winning streak to five straight. AC (8-5, 1-0) still has yet to lose at home this season.

Tyler's Bria Emanuel led the Lady Apaches with 19 points; Adrienne Phillips and Shernise Robertson scored 12 points each for Tyler, now 5-7, 0-1.

Foreman's big second half came after putting up just three shots in the first 20 minutes, when the Lady Roadrunners as a team hit barely 30 percent of its attempts. However, AC was able to force 11 Tyler turnovers while holding the Lady Apaches to a 12-for-33 effort from the field. That defensive effort held up long enough for Foreman to catch fire over the final 20 minutes.

The Lady Roadrunners will host Southern Shreveport in a non-conference game – the final game before the holiday break – Saturday at 4 p.m. The Roadrunners (9-4, 2-1) will take on Panola College in a conference tilt at 6 p.m.