WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central improved its region standings this past week with two more wins and is now 5-1 in Region III 2A play. The Griffins are just a half game behind defending state champions Keenan.
The Griffins hosted Pelion in a game that was originally scheduled to be played Dec. 18. The Panthers came in 1-8 and were never really in the game. The Griffins jumped out to a fast start, opening the game with 33 first quarter points and never really looking back.
Just 24 hours after scoring a season high 82 at Newberry, the Griffins put up an even 100 against Pelion. Defensively, Fairfield Central was solid as well, holding the Panthers to only 48 points.
Coach Devin Liferidge said his team was just able to capitalize on opportunities.
“Opportunity presented itself and, I hate it for them, they only have seven guys,” he said. “I told the guys we just needed to make sure we get better tonight, no matter the result.”
Liferidge was especially pleased to be able to get contributions from everyone on the team in a region game.
“It always feel good to have a game where everybody gets in there and gets to show what they can do and just contribute,” he said.
After the rout, the Griffins went back on the road to play Mid-Carolina, and perhaps were overconfident going into the game. The Rebels were able to jump out quick and built a 16-10 lead. The referees were aggressive in calling fouls and the Griffins were pressing enough to get into foul trouble early.
Fairfield Central had regained the lead by the end of the opening half, 25-24, but still did not quite look focused. The Griffins did not start to take charge until late in the third quarter, and it was the fourth quarter when they finally put the Rebels away.
Coach Liferidge was frustrated with the play of his team in the first half.
“Got off to a slow start. I told the guys at halftime that the ball was going to the right spot, we were getting to the rim and challenging their attack,” he said. “We just could not finish.”
After the slow start, Liferidge said he was pleased with the effort in the second half.
“I knew we were going to make another run and have an opportunity to create some separation,” he said. “It was just a matter of whether we were going to take advantage of it.”
With the win, the Griffins have now won six straight and are in good position to overtake Keenan. The Raiders will visit Fairfield Central at 6 p.m. Friday.
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.