By GARY STALLARD
Fresh off season in which his Angelina College Lady Roadrunners made a run all the way to the national tournament, head coach Byron Coleman is already stocking up for next year.
On Tuesday, Coleman introduced former Lufkin High School standouts Mycah McDonald and Mikayla Bailey, a pair of guards Coleman says will add plenty to his lineup come fall.
McDonald graduated Lufkin in 2018 and was named the District 12-6A Most Valuable Player after averaging 25 points per game. She signed with Central Christian College in Kansas, where last season she averaged 14.7 points per game with a season high of 22 points coming against Langston at the end of the year.
At Central Christian, McDonald averaged 14.7 points per game, with a season-high of 22 points against Langston.
“Mycah was a kid we targeted after she graduated Lufkin last year, but things didn’t work out at the time,” Coleman said. “She signed to play out of state, but when we found out she wanted to come back home, we wanted to be there for her. She had a great year last year.”
Coleman said the plan is to use McDonald more on the wing to exploit her athleticism and scoring punch.
“She’s very good defensively, and she’ll definitely fill a void,” Coleman added.
Bailey is more of a facilitator, possessing court vision and the ability to deliver the ball in tight spaces. She also owns an effective jumper from both mid- and long-range.
“Mikayla was a kid we watched all year and kept our eye on her, and we feel she be a great fit,” Coleman said. “She wants to come here, so that was huge in our decision as well. She’s more of a true point guard, and it’s one of those situations where you can never have enough guards. She and Mycah give us even more flexibility with (returning guard) Britney Thompson; we can move Britney from the 1 to the 2 without missing a beat.
“We feel we got a couple of great kids joining our team.”
The Lady Roadrunners will open the season in November.
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