Originally created 12/17/05

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes



Augusta State junior forward Tamala Turner scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Tracey Paschal tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench to pace the Lady Jaguars to a 71-63 non-conference victory over Claflin on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Deontae Cameron paced the Pantherettes (5-4) with a game-high 18 points off the bench. Lakeisha Griffin added 15 points and Marvetta Edwards chipped in 11.

The Lady Jaguars (4-5) held a slim 61-60 lead with 5:03 remaining before closing the game on a 10-3 run.

A Turner layup answered a 5-0 Pantherettes spurt and Paschal's basket put Augusta State up five with 2:51 left. After a Claflin free throw, Paschal connected on a baseline jumper and junior guard Alena Batovska hit a pair of free throws. Turner sealed the win with two free throws with 17 seconds to play.

Augusta State led by as many as 10 twice in the first half. A layup from Turner gave the Lady Jags a 23-13 advantage at the 10:18 mark of the first half before Claflin battled back. A 22-9 run, capped by a Griffin 3-pointer, pushed the Pantherettes in front 35-23 with 2:48 to go. Four Batovska free throws and a layup by Doesshe Simpson on a feed from Batovska gave the Lady Jags a 38-35 lead at the half.

Turner's effort marked her third double-double in her first eight games.

CLAFLIN (5-4)-Cameron, Deontae 7-18 3-5 18; Griffin, Lakeisha 5-20 3-3 15; Edwards, Marvetta 3-8 5-5 11; Savage, Latoya 0-1 6-6 6; Haynes, Taffika 2-8 1-2 5; Moses, Courtney 1-1 2-2 4; Henderson, Devonaye 2-2 0-0 4; Richardson, Jessica 0-2 0-0 0; Babic, Bijana 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-61 20-23 63.

AUGUSTA STATE (4-5)-Turner, Tamala 7-13 3-4 17; Paschal, Tracey 7-9 2-6 16; Batovska, Alena 2-6 6-6 11; DeCoud, Lauren 4-12 0-2 11; Simpson, Doesshe 1-1 2-4 4; Jackson, Sonya 2-4 0-0 4; Ford, Shirell 2-9 0-0 4; Paschal, Tiffany 0-0 2-2 2; Wyatt, Jamica 0-4 2-2 2; Robbins, Julie 0-0 0-0 0; Thompson, Kacy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 17-26 71.

Halftime: Augusta State 38-35. 3-point goals-Claflin 3-18 (Griffin, Lakeisha 2-11; Cameron, Deontae 1-5; Haynes, Taffika 0-2), Augusta State 4-11 (DeCoud, Lauren 3-8; Batovska, Alena 1-3). Fouled out--Claflin-None, Augusta State-None. Rebounds-Claflin 34 (Haynes, Taffika 7), Augusta State 48 (Ford, Shirell 15). Assists-Claflin 7 (Griffin, Lakeisha 2; Haynes, Taffika 2), Augusta State 12 (Batovska, Alena 5). Total fouls-Claflin 19, Augusta State 19. A-234