A win, a loss and two crowns were part of the action at Christenberry Fieldhouse Feb. 25 as Augusta University marked homecoming and the last regular season game.
In the women’s game, the Jaguars lost to Clayton State 63-56, dropping to 17-11 overall. Senior Kennedi Manning led the Lady Jags with 15 points on the game, followed by Kiera Howard with 11 and Tomiyah Alford with 11.
The Lady Jags finished 10-8 in the Peach Belt Conference and travel to Americus, Ga. to play in the tournament which begins March 1. The team is seeded fifth and will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against North Georgia at the Storm Dome in the semi-finals.
The University of South Carolina Lady Pacers are the third seed and play at 2:30 p.m. against Young Harris.
The men dominated Clayton State 99-73 with five shooters in double digit figures. Led by Chris Britt with 19, the Jags also saw points from Tyshaun Crawford with 13, Ja’Queze Kirby and Darren Lucas-White each with 12 and Miguel Arnold with 11.
The Jags finish the season at 23-5 overall and 14-4 in the Peach Belt Conference.
The Jaguars look ahead to the Peach Belt Conference tournament which begins March 2. University of South Carolina Aiken is the top seed in the event after beating the Jaguars twice this season. The Jags are the second seed. Because the South Carolina state high school basketball championships are being played at the USC Aiken Convocation Center on the same dates, the collegiate play will be at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Quarterfinals will be Thursday; semifinals on March 3 and the championship game March 5.
Thursday’s matchups include USC Aiken against Georgia Southwestern at noon; and Augusta University against Flagler at 5 p.m., according to the Peach Belt Conference website.
Mike Adams is the photojournalist for Augusta Good News. He’s the recipient of multiple Georgia Press Association awards for sports photography.