WINNSBORO — Both Fairfield Central varsity basketball teams began their 2014 playoff run with huge victories at home Thursday night. The boys’ and girls’ teams combined for a 26-point margin of victory.
The Fairfield Central girls won 74-40 of the Warriors of Indian Land. Using a 42-18 lead at halftime, the Lady Griffins controlled the game from the opening tip.
Fairfield came out of the locker room and extended their lead by using a 13-2 run to start the third quarter.
Indian Land missed four of their first five shots in the third quarter and Fairfield’s defense forced 15 turnovers in the second half.
In the second half, the Lady Griffins were led by Chyna Moore’s seven points. Jada Martin and Raven Rivers each added six.
Fairfield was perfect from the charity stripe in the second half by knocking down all six of their free throws collectively.
Next up, the Lady Griffs will host Keenan at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Keenan used a 50-41 victory over Chesterfield to advance to the second round.
Fairfield swept Keenan this year in regular season play with a 44-38 win on Jan. 17 and 52-42 win on Feb. 8.
The Fairfield Central boys’ team shook off some early troubles to capture a 73-55 win in the first round over Chesterfield. There were seven lead changes in the first quarter, with Fairfield trailing 15-14 after the first eight minutes and leading just 29-28 at halftime.
After the game, head coach Devin Liferidge said his staff challenged the players to step up their game and they did just that.
The Griffins went on a 23-0 run and didn’t commit a single turnover in the third quarter to establish their dominance.
Fairfield hit their final seven of eight shots in the third quarter to establish a lead that they would never relinquish.
Jalyn Davis netted a game-high 16 points for the Griffins. Daniel Maple chipped in 12 and both Keith Workman and Javahnne Neal cracked double-digit scoring by adding 10 points apiece.
Fairfield has now scored at least 73 points in eight of their last nine contests including 90-points in three of those games during that span.
Next up, Fairfield will travel to Indian Land for a second-round rematch of last year’s state tournament. Indian Land knocked the Griffins out of the playoffs last year by a score of 78-67. The Warriors used a 76-44 victory over Eau Claire in the first round to advance.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.