Ex-Laney star Taylor Ayers leads Augusta State women past Claflin

Augusta State 83, Claflin 37

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In her first action in almost four years in Augusta, Taylor Ayers didn’t disappoint.

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Augusta State's Taylor Ayers, a former Laney High School star, had 20 points as the Lady Jaguars crushed Claflin.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Augusta State's Taylor Ayers, a former Laney High School star, had 20 points as the Lady Jaguars crushed Claflin.

In her first home game with Augusta State, the former Laney star came off the bench for 20 points as Augusta State cruised to a 83-37 victory over Claflin.

“I love it,” said Ayers, a senior center who transferred in from Virginia Tech. “It felt good just playing and everybody watching.”

Augusta State – which notched its biggest win in five years – is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season. The Lady Jaguars are winning by a 24.6-point margin, but they also had 22 turnovers against the Lady Panthers, pushing their season total to 65.

“The saying is you always work on your roof when it’s sunny outside,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said. “We’ve got to work on our roof and patch up our holes, because when it rains, and it rains a lot in the Peach Belt, we want to make sure there’s no leaks.”

Ayers matched her career-high set in the previous game on 8 for 12 shooting with seven rebounds in 13 minutes. Jemimah Ashby and Brooke McCants each scored 10 for the Lady Jaguars.

Ayers posted 18 points in the first half, scoring as many points as Claflin (1-5) had by intermission. The Lady Jaguars held the Lady Panthers to 30 percent shooting from the floor and were never challenged in the second half.


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