PELION — During the Lady Griffins’ 45-31 win at Pelion on Tuesday night, senior Jada Martin eclipsed the 1,000-point mark. Martin is the second player ever to reach that mark as a Lady Griffin.
She joins her assistant coach, Amelia Miller, as the only two female players to reach that milestone in Fairfield Central history. Martin had nine points in the contest to put her over the historic number.
She will be recognized as the WLTX “Player of the Week” on Jan. 28 for her outstanding achievements on the court and off the court. Martin carries a 4.7 GPA.
“Jada (Martin) is such a great student-athlete and everything a coach could want, she definitely deserves this award,” Fairfield Central head coach Cedrick Simpson said.
Martin leads the Lady Griffins in five different stat categories including points (13 per game), rebounds (8.2 per game), steals (5 per game), assists (2.5 per game) and blocks (.9 per game).
Fairfield Central never trailed in the game against Pelion, and the closest the Lady Panthers got was within a point when the score was 20-19 in the third quarter.In the latter part of the third quarter, Fairfield went on an 8-0 run to mount a 20-point lead heading into the final frame.
With the large cushion, Simpson was able to empty out his bench and give all his players time on the floor.
“Give Pelion all the credit in the world because they played tough,” Simpson noted. “But we’re going to need those kids (bench players) in the playoffs and its always fun to get everyone some playing time.”
With Pelion trailing 45-31, the Lady Griffs were able to play keep away the final two minutes to withhold any rally attempt by the Lady Panthers.
Fairfield Central is now 3-1 in region play, and will play at North Central (0-12, 0-4) tonight to wrap up the first half of region play.
North Central head coach Mitch Lowder is in his first year with the program and is in the midst of a rebuilding year. The Lady Knights did not field a junior varsity team this season.
North Central is winless this season and coming off a 77-6 drubbing at Columbia on Tuesday. The Knights average just 23.8 points per game and give up an average of 58.7 points per outing.
“We’re (Fairfield Central is) looking to go in there play good basketball and prepare ourselves for Newberry on Saturday,” Simpson noted.
The Lady Griffins continue their road schedule on Saturday when they play at Newberry (8-8, 4-0), who is on a five-game winning streak.
“They’re (Newberry) playing good basketball right now and it is always a dog fight to go to their court and play,” Simpson said.
The two teams met back on Dec. 14, with Fairfield Central winning at home 62-37. In that first contest, the Lady Griffs had five players score at least nine points. Tanise Davis led the way with 15 points off 5 of 7 shooting from the floor. As a team, Fairfield Central made 44 percent of their shots and grabbed 25 steals.
Simpson recollected losing in overtime at Newberry two years ago, and by one point last year.
Both Newberry and Mid-Carolina will move into region III-AA next year.
“It’s going to be fun (next year),” Simpson said. “Those games are always one of our biggest crowds. The fans are intense and it is good basketball. It is a good thing for us to play a team like Newberry, plus they’re a county-line rival and it gives us something to play for every time we play them (Newberry).”
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. for both games.