fPELION — The Fairfield Central Lady Griffins improved to 12-5 and 5-2 in region play this week with an easy road win at Pelion. With the loss, the Panthers fall to 4-13 and 1-6 in the region.
The Lady Griffins did get off to a bit of a rough start in the game, and trailed at the end of the opening quarter 9-5. Coach Amelia Miller was unimpressed with her players’ energy in the period.
“I don’t know what the deal was,” Miller said.
The second quarter saw much improved effort and play from the Fairfield Central side as the Lady Griffins took control of the game and never looked back.
Behind solid games from seniors Tanise Davis and Chyna Moore, the Lady Griffins built a 27-17 halftime lead.
The third quarter had a bit of a scare for Fairfield Central when Tamesha Woodard went down with an injury to her ankle. Coach Miller said it wasn’t as bad as it looked, and hopes to have the sophomore back for Friday night’s game at Columbia.
“It was a light ankle sprain, she had tweaked it before and just tweaked it again,” the coach said.
Despite losing Woodard, the second half was a continuation of the second quarter as Fairfield Central pulled away.
The 65-33 win puts the Lady Griffins squarely in third place in the region behind Keenan and Newberry, with both teams still set to visit the Griffin Den over the next two weeks.
Eighth-grade varsity starter Cristin Gray and seventh-grader Jamaria Simpson have been invited to next month’s “Select 60 Showcase” in Grovetown, Ga. The showcase brings together the top sixth- through eighth-grade girls in the Southeast to be evaluated and coached in intense training sessions.
The Griffins will be back in action Friday night as they travel to face Columbia. Tip off will be at 6 p.m.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.