WINNSBORO — The Lady Griffins have quietly gone about their business and built up a seven-game winning streak as the season winds down.
They now stand 9-2 in the region and have a chance to move into a tie for first place with a win against Keenan on Friday night.
With Newberry coming to town, the Lady Griffins were anxious to avenge their last loss. The Lady Bulldogs pulled out a 10 point win in Newberry last month and Fairfield Central came away from the game knowing that they could have won.
After a difficult first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs had a 9-7 lead and a stingy defense that looked capable of pulling out another win.
The Lady Griffins would have none of it, though, and snatched the lead away by halftime. A strong third quarter put the Lady Bulldogs away for good as Fairfield Central built a 40-28 lead going into the last quarter.
With the game in hand, the Lady Griffins focused on defense and finished with a 49-43 win.
Coach Amelia Miller said the win was just a matter of getting back into their groove.
“We came out aggressive, but we made some mistakes here and there,” Miller said. “We just needed to calm down. It was about settling down and playing our game. We came in confident, and they stuck to the game plan and executed well.”
While the attention generally goes to the players that do all the scoring, Miller was quick to say this game was about more than that.
“Everybody stepped up, it might not have been points, but they did the little things that count to win this game. We came in, wanted it, and took the game,” she said.
Tuesday night saw an over-matched Mid Carolina team visiting for Senior Night, and they never had a chance. The visiting Rebels, 5-6 in the region, have been up and down this year but simply did not have what they needed to compete with Fairfield Central.
The Lady Griffins defense was again impressive, building a 27-6 lead against the Rebels in the first half. With the game well in hand, all four seniors got plenty of rest during the game.
Mid Carolina finally got some offense going late in the fourth, but the Lady Griffins picked up the easy win, 54-22.
Coach Miller said her players came out and channeled their emotions well.
“The girls were excited, Senior Night, so we started all the seniors,” Miller said. “They came out ready to play tonight. We’re still getting better game by game, and still have some things we have to work on.”
The important thing for the night was getting game time for the younger players.
“I tried to play the bench more, let them get some reps and more experience, because we’re going to need everybody come Keenan as well as the playoffs,” she said.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.