Lady Griffs ready for Senior Night

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

February 13, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Lady Griffin’s (15-4, 8-1) basketball team will play in its final regular season game against North Central (0-18, 0-9).

Originally scheduled for Feb. 14, the game has been rescheduled for either Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 due to inclement weather. For the latest information, check either www.fairfield.k12.sc.us or The Herald Independent’s Facebook page.

Five Lady Griffin basketball players will be celebrating their Senior Night when the two teams meet up. The four senior who will be recognized include Christian Thompson, Raven Rivers, Jada Martin, LaDashia Cook and Tiea’quanna Pearson.

Fairfield Central head coach Cedrick Simpson said the Lady Griffs basketball program has had success as those seniors have had success.

“They (seniors) have meant so much to our program,” he noted. “Fans see how well they play now and appreciate how much hard work and sacrifices these girls make.”

Fairfield Central has only lost two home games in the last two seasons and has won over 50 games during Simpson’s three-year tenure. Thompson, Rivers, Martin and Pearson have spent the majority of those seasons on the varsity squad.

The only two home losses in that stretch came against Columbia this season and against Keenan last season.

The Lady Griffins wrapped up their first region title against Keenan on Feb. 8 with a 52-42 victory.

Simpson planned to let his starters rest the final game of the regular season, but since the game has been postponed because of the winter storm, his plans have changed to playing his starters as much as possible to get their rhythm back.

“We’re going to keep our regular rotation and keep a lot of our key players in the game and hope we get a win,” Simpson noted.

Fairfield Central drubbed North Central 61-7 on Jan. 24. The Lady Griffin defense held North Central scoreless during the first and fourth quarter. As a team, Fairfield grabbed 18 steals.

Both Martin and Thompson scored in double digits with 12 and 11 respectively.

Although his team will be favored in the rematch, Simpson doesn’t want the Lady Griffs to take North Central lightly.

“They’re (North Central) going to play hard and they’re going to play the right way, so we have to come in ready to play,” he said.

Following the final regular season game, Fairfield will look forward to the start of the AA state playoffs. The Lady Griffins will be matched up with the fourth seed out of region IV-AA. After talking to coaches in that region, Simpson noted that Fairfield’s first round matchup would be against Indian Land.

He believes the Lady Griffs should have home court advantage until the upper-state championship game.

Simpson believes that having home court advantage in the playoffs will be a huge advantage, because the Griffin Den has been good to them.

“Opposing coaches say it’s hard to play at Fairfield Central because the gym is intimidating,” he explained. “Having great fans is always a plus as well and we have that at Fairfield Central. The pressure we apply makes us tough to play against.”