Flagler heats up after long bus ride, cools off Jaguar women in second half

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Georgia Regents women’s basketball coach Nate Teymer hits the recruiting trail Monday.

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Georgia Regents Whitney Rohrbach passes the ball to Kelsey Fynaardt during the second half as Flagler College defeated Georgia Regents University 72-69.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Georgia Regents Whitney Rohrbach passes the ball to Kelsey Fynaardt during the second half as Flagler College defeated Georgia Regents University 72-69.

After this season, he has plenty of holes to fill. On Saturday night, the Jaguars blew a double-digit halftime lead and fell to Flagler, 72-69, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

After getting off to a hot start to the season, Georgia Regents (9-17, 5-14) finished with a 10-game losing streak and failed to qualify for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

The team finished tied for last in the East Division one year after posting a 21-6 mark.

“We’ve got to recruit talented student-athletes who want to be here and want to be committed to being one of the top teams in the Peach Belt,” said Teymer, who will search the junior college talent circuit to fill several of the at least six vacant positions next season. “I thought we had a dropoff with that this year and keeping the eyes on the prize. It’s a long year and it’s a grind, but I think we faulted a little bit with that.”

Georgia Regents dropped their third consecutive contest by five or fewer points. With Flagler forcing a 4½ hour delay to the start time because of bus issues, the Jaguars jumped out front, shooting 52 percent in the first half.

Just before intermission, the Jaguars led 41-25. But Flagler scored eight in a row to close out the half and trim its deficit to eight at the break.

“We made some shots, and it helped that they missed some early on,” Teymer said. “I think they were still waking up from that bus trip. They finally woke up and got it going.”

Flagler’s Williesha Spencer entered the contest third in Peach Belt scoring with a 21.3 average. Spencer posted a game-high 32 points, including a 4 for 8 effort from the perimeter. With 25 seconds remaining and the Saints up two, Spencer drilled a 15-foot jumper to extend the Flagler lead.

“We tried to go zone in the second half and she still found the gaps,” Teymer said. “When she’s knocking down her three-point shot, she’s an All-American-type player.”

Freshman Tavia Sykes led Georgia Regents with a season-high 20 points.

Sykes shot 5 for 11 from the floor and went 7 for 7 from the foul line. Dericka Griffis added 10 points.


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