WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central’s Lady Griffins enter the season with high hopes and a balance between youth and experience to make any coach envious. Coach Amelia Miller’s team had a down year last year, but are looking to rebound in a big way.
Watching the Lady Griffins practice, one thing becomes crystal clear: there will be no lack of effort from these ladies. Rarely will you find the kind of hustle on both sides of the ball. Combine that with some serious talent and it becomes easy to see why hopes are high for the coming season.
Coach Miller had plenty of praise to pass around for her team.
“Tamisha Woodard is a beast underneath,” Miller said. “She plays extremely hard. Jameka, our junior, she’s going to be one of our leading scorers this year, she scores with ease and plays extremely hard.”
Quality players are everywhere for Fairfield Central but the talent isn’t just in the starting five. There is talent deep into the roster.
“I would say we could rotate five for five in and out every night,” the coach said. “As long as everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do. This year we will have depth, last year we didn’t have so much depth.”
One of the keys with the depth on this team is experience. Last year, several underclassmen played and those growing pains were felt at times.
Coach Miller hopes that those lessons will stick for this year. It helps to have a senior in Tanise Davis that is like having on the floor every night.
“She’s a true coach on the floor,” Miller said. “I have a hard time pulling her out because she’s just my leader out there. She controls the floor, she sets everybody up. She’s a true leader.”
Monday, when Fairfield Central opens their season at Blythewood, Miller will find out if her team’s hustle, depth, and leadership will be enough.
For now, there’s a quiet sense of optimism for the season.
“We’re going to be alright. I really do believe,” she said. “We just have to take it one game at a time.”
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.