WINNSBORO — Opponents of this year’s Fairfield Central Lady Griffins have been driven mad by a stifling defense. That defense has bugged shooters like a gnat at a summer cookout.
The leader of that defense? Delexious Cloud.
The comparison is a fair one, as Cloud flits from one place to another with quickness and gets in the faces of shooters constantly. Delexious said the title fits her style of play.
“I read people’s passes and I just go get it,” she said. She has used that mindset to lead the team in steals on the season and is second in rebounds.
Ask her what her role is, and the response is quick: “I push my team to get the job done. It doesn’t matter how many points I get as long we get the win.”
With her contributions, the Lady Griffins have gained a reputation for having a stifling defense.
Delexious has played basketball almost since she could walk, and been a part of the Lady Griffins varsity team since she was a freshman.
“It’s just something I can do,” she said. “It’s something I’m good at.”
She says her father is also a major reason for playing.
Cloud has seen her own growth since she started playing varsity, and considers that a major accomplishment.
“I have gotten better on defense. And scoring doesn’t matter, but I’ve really improved there,” she said. “When I did play, I wasn’t scoring as much as I do now.”
She is especially excited that graduation is just around the corner but don’t expect her to let up because she’s near the finish line.
“That makes me work even harder, knowing that it’s my senior year,” she said.
After high school, she already has plans for what she wants. “I want to go to Lander University and play either softball or basketball,” she said.
She has taken that another step further and has an idea of what’s to come following college as well. “I want to be either a nurse or a teacher,” she said.
Coach Amelia Miller has said repeatedly that her seniors are vital to the goals this team has set for this year, and Delexious is a great example of why. In fact, if she had a superpower?
“My super power would be to take every sport I play to a championship,” she said.
Right now, the Lady Griffins look to be in good position to use that to their advantage.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016