Lady Jaguars damage tournament hopes

Francis Marion 59, Augusta State 51

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In a must-win game, the Augusta State women fell flat once again.

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Augusta State guard Tiffany Jaecks (bottom) scrambles for a loose ball against Francis Marion on Saturday.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Augusta State guard Tiffany Jaecks (bottom) scrambles for a loose ball against Francis Marion on Saturday.

The Lady Jaguars shot 36 percent from the field and dropped their homecoming contest on Saturday to Francis Marion, 59-51.

After winning three games in a row, Augusta State (11-12, 6-9) has lost its past two contests. With their latest defeat, the Lady Jaguars have seriously damaged their hopes of qualifying for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in March.

With three games remaining, the Lady Jaguars (11-12, 6-9) trail Armstrong Atlantic State by two in the loss column for the final spot in the East Division. Compounding the issue, Augusta State plays No. 15 USC Aiken and No. 17 Lander the next two games.

“We’re not mathematically eliminated yet,” Lady Jaguars coach Nate Teymer said. “But now we’re climbing up Mount Everest.”

After defeating Francis Marion on the road earlier this season, Augusta State got out of the gate slowly, making just four field goals the first 11 minutes of the game for an early 20-11 hole.

The Lady Jaguars trailed by 11 at halftime and never recovered.

“I thought we could settle down and get into it, but we just had some trouble scoring some baskets,” Teymer said. “We need some more people to step up.”

Tiffany Jaecks and Brittany White each scored 12 points to lead Augusta State.

Simone Trice scored 16 points to lead Francis Marion (8-14, 3-11).


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