No luck for Shamrocks against Lady Griffs

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

February 4, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central girls’ (12-4, 5-1) basketball team earned a convincing 65-19 win over Eau Claire Saturday night, in the process of sweeping the season series with the Shamrocks.

Although he expected to win, Fairfield Central head coach Cedrick Simpson did not anticipate such a dominating performance.

“We always expect to win, but we didn’t expect that type of domination and we really dominated tonight,” he said after the game. “We haven’t dominated a top region opponent like that since last season.”

Eau Claire missed their first seven shots of the game and did not make a basket from the field until the second quarter. Fairfield led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Defense played a big part in Fairfield’s fifth win in six games. The Lady Griffin defenders forced Eau Claire into 34 turnovers.

“That (turnovers) was the key,” Simpson noted. “We were really able to take advantage of our defensive pressure and their (Eau Claire’s) mistakes.”

The Shamrocks never scored more than seven points in a quarter and were unable to capitalize on their opportunities at the free throw line as well. They only made five of their 15 shots from the charity stripe.

Fairfield Central led 27-7 at the half, but that large lead would balloon into a 49-14 advantage after the Lady Griffins exploded for 22 points in the third quarter.

Jada Martin led the way with a game-high 17 points. Tanise Davis also cracked double digits with 12 and both Tia Pearson and Raven Rivers chipped in eight apiece.

Eau Claire’s Shavon Hall was the leading scorer for the Shamrocks with seven points.

Due to postponed game from the recent winter storm, Fairfield will cram four games into the final week of the regular season. Simpson said with the short turnaround between games, his team will need to get as much rest as possible down the stretch.

“We’re going to need to be fresh, so we’re going to get as much rest possible,” he stated. “We will rest our legs and then be ready for the big game against Columbia High.”

That final stretch starts on Wednesday (Feb. 5) when they play at Columbia High School. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled 6 p.m.

The Lady Griffins will then wrap up the regular season with three home games including Pelion (Feb.7), Keenan (Feb. 8) and North Central (Feb. 11).