Jemimah Ashby plans to return home to Decatur, Ga., for Christmas break.
When she gets there, she won’t have to tell family and friends about her Lady Jaguars. They already know.
Ashby scored a team-high 17 points Monday night to help lead Augusta State to its best start in school history with a 72-53 win over Montevallo.
“I’m going to enjoy this break, but I’m going to come back focused,” said Ashby, a junior forward. “It’s a long road ahead of us. Next semester, that’s when the challenge really starts.
With the win, Augusta State improved to 8-0, 2-0 in Peach Belt Conference play. Third-year coach Nate Teymer isn’t getting too excited about the start after the Lady Jaguars went 5-12 to close last season.
“Every game we play we can win,” Teymer said. “It’s a good start, but it’s not something we can hang our hat on.”
Against Montevallo, Augusta State led by four at intermission but quickly opened up the contest. Ashby opened the second half with a 3-pointer. After a Montevallo bucket, Tanchelle Hollingsworth responded with a three as Augusta State opened with a 14-5 run. Laci Schreiber put back a Becky Newhouse miss to give the Jaguars a 43-30 lead.
Augusta State shot 50 percent in the second half. Taylor Ayers finished with 14 points, while Hollingsworth added 11.
Taylor Beverly posted 23 points and 10 boards to lead Montevallo (6-5, 1-1). The Falcon women shot 33 percent, making just three field goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
“They really wanted to play a zone and get out and deny,” Teymer said about his team. “I told them if they didn’t want to play that as hard as they wanted to, we’ll do something else. They convinced me that they’re ready to do it. They came out and executed.”