Peach Belt tourney within reach for Lady Jaguars

Augusta State 63, Flagler 35

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Riding a hot stretch, Jemimah Ashby and her Augusta State teammates have a realistic goal in mind.

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Augusta State's Eryka Menzies loses the ball during a 28-point win over Flagler on Saturday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Augusta State's Eryka Menzies loses the ball during a 28-point win over Flagler on Saturday.

With the Lady Jaguars extending their winning streak to three games Saturday, they’re now in position to make the Peach Belt Conference Tournament for the first time in three seasons.

“That’s definitely an incentive,” Ashby said. “We all just have to accept the challenge.”

Ashby scored a game-high 17 points to lead Augusta State to a 63-35 win over Flagler at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jaguars (11-10, 6-7) defeated the Lady Saints for the second time this season.

Augusta State began the day in fifth place in the Peach Belt East Division, one game behind Armstrong Atlantic State for fourth place – the top four teams in the division advance to the league tournament next month in Columbus, Ga. With five games remaining in the regular season, the Lady Jaguars have enhanced their chances of playing March basketball.

“The great thing is we’re in control of our destiny,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said. “If we take care of our business, we’ve got a good shot of making it.”

Augusta State held Flagler to 22 percent shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers. The Lady Jaguars led from the tip and pushed ahead 19-4 on an Amber Peterson 3-pointer.

Ashby shot 7 for 11 from the field to lead Augusta State.


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