Lady Griffs win big, then falter in tourney play
Lucas Vance Staff Writer
WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central girls’ basketball team exploded onto the tournament scene this past weekend with a 75-18 win over Newberry Academy in Richard Winn Academy’s Christmas Classic Tournament.
The 75 points were an all-time high for the Lady Griffins in head coach Cedrick Simpson’s era. After the game Simpson said he had no idea that was the case.
“I didn’t even realize it,” he said in astonishment. “Honestly though we should expect to score 75 in every game, because we shoot the ball so much. The more we shot, the more opportunity we have to score.”
In game where top-ranked Fairfield Central was favored, Simpson was proud that his team did what it was supposed to do.
“I always tell my girls that we’re not playing against Newberry Academy, we’re just playing basketball,” he explained. “Our motto is to do your job.”
Newberry Academy scored the first bucket of the game to take a momentary lead. It turned out to be its only lead, because Fairfield Central would counter with a 17-0 run to take at 17-2 advantage nearing the end of the first quarter. At the half the Lady Griffs had a 39-7 lead.
Fairfield Central’s defense applied plenty of pressure to disrupt Newberry Academy’s offensive flow.
“With our pressure we’re trying to change the game and speed up the tempo a little bit,” Simpson said after the game. “We hope that it will get our opponents out of their comfort zone and create easy baskets for us. That’s our style of play.”
The Lady Griffins outscored Newberry Academy 36-11 in the second half, and the Lady Eagles never scored more than six points in a quarter.
Chyna Moore led the way offensively with game high 20 points, with four shots going through the hoop from beyond the arc. Also cracking double digits for Fairfield Central was Jada Martin and Tanise Davis with 17 and 10 respectively.
With that win, the Lady Griffins improved to 6-0 on the season, which pleased Simpson.
“So far we have played up to our challenges and we just have to stay focused,” he said. “The game against Richard Winn (in the championship round) will be a real good battle and test for us.”
The Lady Griffs took their first loss of the year when they fell to Richard Winn 43-36. Next up the Lady Griffins will play in the Boo Williams Tournament in Virgina on Dec. 26.
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