Two days after an emotional win over rival Lander, Tanchelle Hollingsworth and her Augusta State teammates had to dig deep Monday night.
Hollingsworth swished a pair of late 3-pointers en route to a career-high 19 points as the Lady Jaguars rallied for a 62-57 win over Clark Atlanta.
“We feel real great,” the junior guard said. “We still have some more things to work on, but in practice we’re going to get better each day.”
Augusta State improved to 7-0, its best start in 16 seasons, thanks to a 17-6 run to close out the game.
The Lady Jaguars overcame a 33 percent performance from the field, their second awful shooting night in a row. They saved themselves with an 8-for-17 effort from the perimeter, along with 12 steals.
Hollingsworth shot 5-for-13 from the field and added five assists, while Tiffany Jaecks posted 16 rebounds and 11 points. Jemimah Ashby added 12 points.
“We’ll take it,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said of the victory. “The good thing is we found a way to win. A lot of mistakes. Not to make excuses, but our girls are going through finals. Hopefully, our girls are focused on academics. It seemed like they might have forgot the plays and remembered what they were supposed to do in biology, I hope.”
After losing by two to Augusta State last season, Clark Atlanta (3-6) had a chance to take down the Lady Jaguars. La’Quisha Lewis and Conisha Hicks posted back-to-back layups to push the Lady Panthers’ lead to 51-45 with 5:58 remaining.
Hollingsworth hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Jaguars within three. After a jumper by Jaecks in the lane, Hollingsworth swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:46 left to stake Augusta State to a 53-52 advantage, a lead the Lady Jaguars wouldn’t surrender.