Jan. 18, 2013 AUGUSTA, Ga. – GRU Augusta (8-6, 4-3) ended a two game skid with an impressive win against top Peach Belt Conference foe, North Georgia (12-2, 6-1) on Saturday afternoon in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The first half of the PBC matchup got off to a sluggish start, going scoreless in the first two minutes of play, but eventually both squads founds it’s offense. The Nighthawks opened up with a narrow three-point lead, until the Jags clawed back into the game with its ball hawking zone defense.
For a majority of the first period, both teams exchanged blows until the Jags claimed a four point advantage off of free throws to make to score 32-28 before halftime.Despite committing 11 turnovers before intermission, the Jags were perfect from the free throw line, 7-of-7, and shooting 40 percent from the field.
The Jags’ momentum carried into the second, as the team continued to build on its lead, and maintain a comfortable scoring advantage throughout the entire second period. The Jags continued to apply relentless pressure on defense. The team contested nearly every shot attempt by the Nighthawks and kept the scoring advantage in the double digits until the clock struck zero. By the end of the matchup the Night Hawks field goal percentage had dipped to 35.6 percent.
GRU’s top scorer Jemimah Ashby led the way with 20 points, and teammates Becky Newhouse and Kelsey Fynaardt also finished in double figures. Newhouse registered 16 points and Fynaardt put up 14 points respectively.
The Jags play at Georgia College on Monday, Jan. 21 for a 5:30 p.m. conference game