WINNSBORO — Tanise “Duci” Davis is unquestionably the leader of the Fairfield Central Lady Griffins. She stands atop the team in both points per game and assists.
And Duci does it all with a quiet confidence while playing the role of coach on the floor.
Duci loves the game of basketball, and has been playing since elementary school, but not just for the competition.
“I love the game, meeting new people, playing against people, playing against old teammates. It brings you together with a lot of people,” she said.
With the adversity the team faced over the holidays, the Lady Griffins needed a leader to stand up and take charge. Davis was quick to do so and reminded her teammates what their goals are.
“I wanted them to understand that we need to stick together as a team. With everything going on, we still have focus on getting a win,” she said. “It’s all about staying together, playing as a team, and playing through the adversity.”
Even early on, Tanise was being guided into a leadership role by coaches and those around her.
“Since I was young, I was taught to be a leader,” she said. “If I want it, I go get it, so I just learned to lead early on.”
Her role has shown through in her play, and her best games have come in tough games.
Davis’s coach, Amelia Miller, said she was like another coach on the floor.
“True coach on the floor, I have a hard time pulling her out,” Miller said. “She’s a captain, she’s a leader. She controls the floor, sets everybody up where they’re supposed to be, true leader.”
While the pressure of being a leader may get to some people, Duci embraces the role. In talking about her accomplishments, she focuses on making those around her better.
“Just getting wins. Every time we have a game day, and I step up and lead my team to get the W, that’s good enough for me,” she said.
When high school ends, she hopes to continue playing at the next level. She has had some contact with coaches, but the school that stands out at the moment is Charleston Southern.
While she has been impressed with the school, it doesn’t change that she is a Clemson fan at heart. When basketball ends, Tanise has plans to continue making a difference for those around her.
“I want to major in criminal justice and become an investigator,” she said.
Duci is an exemplary student as well, and is enjoying honors classes, especially math.
“I love math. I’m just good with numbers. It just comes natural,” she said.
She had an immediate impact on Tracie Swilley when the Fairfield Central principal first came to to the school.
“She was one of the first young ladies I met when I came to Fairfield. Initially she was quiet, she is one of those quiet leaders,” Swilley said. “She doesn’t say a whole lot, but she lets her work speak for her. She puts in the work, the time, and is a respectful kid.”
For now, Duci is continuing to lead her Lady Griffins toward victory, but her focus and work ethic will take her far beyond as she embodies the Fairfield Central motto: Griffins believe, Griffins achieve, and Griffins succeed.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016