WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central has had a tough start to its young basketball season, and their last two games continued that trend.
The Griffins are now 1-5 following road losses to Nation Ford and Keenan. Despite that, Coach Devin Liferidge remains optimistic.
“Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve never felt better about a 1-5 team,” he said. “Maybe because I’ve been here before and I’ve seen this story where we start slow out of the gate and right around Christmas time we turn the corner, so I fully expect us to.”
He has good reason for his optimism.
The team has showed promise and potential, but missed opportunities have proven disastrous. The loss at home to Blythewood, despite being a loss, showed just how good these Griffins are capable of being.
Friday night, against Nation Ford, the Griffins stormed back after a slow start to take a strong lead in the second quarter. Liferidge said his team was in good position to put the game out of reach, but didn’t take advantage of the situation.
The Falcons were able to turn the tables in the third quarter and never looked back in a 75-64 win.
The Griffins began region play Tuesday night when they went to Keenan. Despite a strong early showing, Fairfield Central was unable to score much in the second half as Keenan pulled away in a 68-44 drubbing. Despite the large point spread, Liferidge said his team was closer than they looked.
After going into the half down only 6, the Raiders forced seven turnovers in nine possessions to start the third quarter.
“We can’t be upset because we’re giving it to them,” Liferidge said. “So we went from being at least in striking distance to putting them in the driver’s seat.”
The Griffins will look for redemption as they host rival Chester at 6 p.m. Thursday. The previously scheduled game at home with Pelion on Friday has been postponed until next month. The Griffins will also go on the road Monday as Liferidge visits his old stomping grounds in Lexington to face his former coach, Bailey Harris.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.