WINNSBORO — For the first time in school history, two Fairfield Central High School basketball players have been selected to play in the 2014 Carolinas All Star game.
The Carolinas All Star game pits the top prospects from North Carolina against the top prospects from South Carolina in a winner take-all border battle. It will all be decided in Myrtle Beach on March 22.
Fairfield Central High School athletic director Terrell Roach was pleased to announce the milestone of both a Griffin and Lady Griffin making the all-star game for the first time.
“Hopefully I’ve been a part of history this season (with both a boy and girl Fairfield Central basketball player making the Carolinas All Star game),”he said.
Although Roach was not directly responsible for either Martin or Workman receiving the top honor, he is happy to be a piece of the puzzle.
“When a student-athletes receive accolades it makes my job a whole lot easier,” he stated. “It kind of gives me satisfaction too, even though I’m not the primary source of the award. But its good to be a part of their success.”
Workman is the Griffins leading scorer this season and he was especially elated after hearing the news he had been selected to play at Myrtle Beach.
“It’s a blessing,” he responded with a smile. “All the hard work I put in over the summer is starting to pay off.”
Workman dedicated himself to basketball during the summer. He spent last season splitting time between football and basketball. Workman believes he made the right decision and is proud to see the hard work yield recognition and results.
“Basketball has been my passion since day one,” he stated. “I see myself playing basketball at the next stage.”
At the professional level, Workman looks up to players like Lebron James and Derrick Rose, but from the beginning it has been his family who has motivated him to succeed.
“My sister and my dad especially,” he noted. “They were two people that believed in me when I first started playing basketball. I owe it all to them.”
Earlier this season, Workman joined a select few when he scored his 1,000th point as a Griffin. The benchmark came against Great Falls during the third game of the season. During his four years of playing basketball, Workman said there has been some tough games, but he is proud to be a part of a small crowd.
Reaching the 1,000-point benchmark has been his favorite part of the season so far. It came at home against Great Falls on Dec. 13, when the Griffins defeated the Cyclones 66-58.
Evolution and team chemistry has been key to the Griffins success this year according to Workman. He told The Herald Independent that last year’s players were playing their own game, however this season, they’ve come together as a family.
“(Last season) Everybody wanted their own points by doing their own thing, but this year we have played as a team,” Workman explained.
Some of the things they’ve done to bring the team together as a unit included summer workouts. Workman said it was then that he had a gut feeling this season would be different.
“We’ve been telling ourselves that this season, we are going to prove all the doubters wrong,” he stated.
Martin leads the Lady Griffins in scoring with 13.2 points per game. She recently netted her 1,000th point as well and became just the second Lady Griff to reach that milestone.
“Just making history felt really good,” Martin said.
The Carolinas All Star game is just another opportunity for her to showcase her game.
“It is going to give me one more chance to play well and earn a scholarship,” Martin added. “It is going to be a real honor to even play in the all-star game.”
She is still waiting to decide where she wants to spend her college years, but said she would have to bring her A-game to earn as much recognition as possible.
Even through the remainder of the season, Martin believes there are still some things she need to do between now and the all-star game to set herself apart from the field.
“I will need to hustle just a little bit more to give myself an edge and take care of the ball better,” she noted.
According to Martin, the Lady Griffs basketball team is one that has greatly evolved from last season.
“We’ve been through some tough times but the camps over the summer have brought us closer together,” she said.
Martin explained that when she and her teammates fuss at each other on the court, it all comes from love.
“It’s not personal, it’s just like a family disagreement,” she said laughing.
Her favorite part of the season so far has been playing with the pressure of winning a region title and starting the season off as the top-ranked AA team.
Both Martin and Workman were voted as a top-five player during the preseason polls by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.
Roach believes there are not two more-deserving student-athletes whom could have received the honor of playing in the Carolinas All Star game.
“I know once they’re down there (Myrtle Beach), I won’t have to question their character while they’re there,” he said. “I know they will represent Fairfield Central in the best way possible and I expect big things from the both of them even once they leave Fairfield Central.”