WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central Lady Griffins have seen success this year and are in position to contend for the 2A Region III championship, and a crucial component of that has been the return of Chyna Moore.
Chyna missed nearly all of 2014 after a knee injury that has sidelined athletes for years.
Chyna credits her return to mental toughness and wonderful coaching.
“I think it’s more difficult mentally. It definitely takes a while to recover physically and mentally, but with the help of the coaching staff and my team I have regained my confidence,” she said. “I feel great.”
That positive attitude and natural talent has catapulted her to second in scoring on her team and made her a key leader in tough situations.
“My parents support me tremendously and encourage me to never give up,” she said. “I think the fact that I didn’t give up shows I’m a fighter and I’m determined.”
Coach Amelia Miller said Moore has been especially impressive this year.
“She goes so hard and she’s so consistent with it, it’s almost like she didn’t miss last year,” Miller said. “She didn’t play last year and she got better, and that just shows her maturity.”
Moore has played basketball as long as she can remember and has played varsity since middle school.
“I just love the game. It’s something that love to do,” she said.
Unlike many players, she doesn’t have a single player she tries to emulate when playing. Instead, she plays the game the way it naturally comes to her and pushes to improve herself with the help of her peers.
“I just get on the floor and play,” she said. “My teammates push me more than anybody.”
Moore’s favorite moment on the court came almost two years ago to the day when the Lady Griffins were visiting Columbia High School. She led all scorers in the game with 17 points, including a game winning three pointer.
“It was my 10th grade year and I hit the winning three,” she recalled.
Athletic Director Terrell Roach had high praise for the senior.
“Chyna is one of those players, she’s a coach’s player,” Roach said. “She’s very modest, but very good. I’m sad this will be her last year playing for Fairfield Central.”
After high school, Moore is hoping to play basketball at Columbia College. She plans to major in either physical therapy or pre-engineering.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.