WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central will tip off its basketball season Nov. 30 when they visit Blythewood. The Griffins, coming off a 16-8 campaign with lots of promise, lost five seniors from last year’s team.
Despite that, Coach Devin Liferidge expects his team to be a contender.
Last year’s season ended all too soon when the Griffins fell to Indian Land in the first round of the playoffs. That experience should translate into a hungry team wanting more this season.
While some leadership will be missed, there is plenty of talent in these Griffins and hopes are high.
Coach Liferidge said he is a little concerned about leadership this season, but expects his guards to step up.
“I think we’ll be led by our three guards,” he said. “Brandon Adams is in his third year of varsity. Marcus Gibbs, he was out all of last year with an injury. The third is ‘Cleet,’ Akyel Richmond. He has a ton of potential and has a gear I have rarely seen.”
The Griffins have looked good in scrimmages leading up to the season, but will have a tough road through their region.
“Keenan is state champs, they deserve it,” Liferidge said. “They’ve been head and shoulders above everybody. Our kids know if we’re going to take this next step, it’s no secret who we’ve got to knock off.”
Mid-Carolina High School is another team coming off a solid year after reaching the second round of the playoffs.
Nevertheless, this could be the year the Griffins make their statement. If they can be consistent, this team could very well be the one to get through Keenan and win a region and, potentially, state championship.
“I’m excited. I like (our chances). This group sometimes, they’re not naive, but I think in year’s past they understood too much who they (Keenan) were,” he said. “These kids just don’t care. In their minds, they can beat anybody and I think they can.”
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.