WINNSBORO —The Fairfield Central girls’ basketball season came to an end Saturday with a 40-27 loss to Keenan.
Fairfield had to finish the game without the region III-AA player of the year, Jada Martin, after she went down in the third quarter with a knee injury.
With the win, Keenan avenged two regular season losses to the Lady Griffins. Fairfield was averaging 55 points per game.
The Lady Raiders scored the first five points of the game and led for a total of 30 minutes out of 32.
Fairfield missed their first 10 shots of the game and despite forcing 37 Keenan turnovers, the Lady Griffs never got into a groove offensively.
The Lady Griffins trailed 13-9 at halftime, but went on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game in the third quarter. However that lead would be short lived, because Keenan would counter with nine unanswered points to establish an advantage that they wouldn’t give up.
Keenan outscored Fairfield 18-10 in the final frame to coast to the 40-27 victory.
Demyra Rudder led all scorers with 19 points. Fairfield’s leading scorer was Raven Rivers, who finished with 12 points. Rivers was the only Lady Griffin to crack double digits.
Keenan will play either Andrew Jackson or Columbia in the upper-state semi finals.
See the Feb. 25 edition of The Herald Independent for a full game recap including comments from Fairfield head coach Cedrick Simpson.