Lady Jags ' rally comes up short

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Augusta State's Kirsten Stallings (right) tries to drive around Flagler's Jalisa Foster. Stallings capped a 9-0 second-half run that pulled the Lady Jags within three before Flagler held on.

Lady Jaguars interim coach Clint Bryant remained optimistic despite his team's latest loss Wednesday night.

Augusta State rallied late but couldn't complete the comeback in a 57-50 loss to Flagler at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Bryant, who's coached three games and 10 practices since taking over in late December, said his team continues to make strides.

"It's not showing up in the wins and losses right now," Bryant said. "I'm disappointed, but I'm not discouraged. We've got a lot more potential than problems."

Augusta State (1-12, 0-4) was trying to build off the momentum of Monday night's game. The Lady Jaguars came back from a 19-point deficit to send its contest at North Georgia into overtime, an eventual defeat.

Augusta State outrebounded Flagler, 44-30. But turnovers were once again the problem. Last in the Peach Belt Conference in turnovers, the Lady Jaguars committed 20 mistakes against Flagler.

Augusta State trailed 50-38 late in the second half when it briefly came to life. Kirsten Stallings capped a 9-0 run with a layup, pulling the Lady Jaguars within three with five minutes remaining.

But Augusta State, which shot 35 percent from the field, made just one of its final 10 field-goal attempts.

Adrienne Donelson finished off the Lady Jaguars. The Flagler forward swished a 17-foot jumper with no time left on the shot clock to give the Lady Saints an eight-point cushion with 59.3 seconds remaining.

Briyana Evans scored 16 points to lead Augusta State. Chanti Beckett had 18 for Flagler.

"Something good's going to happen to this team before the season's over," Bryant said. "If I can just keep them from getting down on themselves. And I don't sense that's going to happen."

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.

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