Fourth Quarter Charge Lifts Lady Griffins

Tiea Quanna Pearson (20) and Jada Martin (10) play the tough defense for the Lady Griffins.

The Lady Shamrocks of Eau Claire High School jumped out to an early 5-0 lead at home Friday night, holding the Lady Griffins scoreless for the first 3 minutes and 15 seconds of the game, but an explosive fourth quarter and a defense that racked up 21 steals lifted Fairfield Central to a 48-27 victory.

The Griffin defense put the clamp on the early Eau Claire run, keeping them off the board for the final 3 minutes of the opening quarter. Converting take-aways into points, the Lady Griffins officially took the lead with 2:14 to play in the period on a 2-point bucket by Tanise Davis to make it 6-5 Fairfield.

While the offense was sporadic throughout the second quarter, with the shooting percentage dropping through the floor, the Lady Griffins’ defense kept them out front. By the 3:28 mark, Fairfield Central held a 15-9 edge, but the Lady Shamrocks stayed on their heels with critical foul shooting to cut the lead to 15-13 at the half.

Eau Claire tied the game at 15 early in the third, and with 5:28 to play had nosed out front, 18-15 on a 3-pointer from Samari Davis. But the Lady Griffins found their groove, and with 4:53 left in the period had retaken the lead, 19-18. Timely steals by Chelsea Seibles and with Raven Rivers working the inside angle, the Lady Griffins held a narrow 25-20 lead going into the final chapter.

With 4:52 left in the game, the Lady ‘Rocks were on the move, cutting the Griffin lead to 28-24. But Seibles, back on the court after a breather, came in to lead Fairfield’s defense in the final 4 minutes, converting steals and Shamrock turnovers into critical points. The Griffins outscored Eau Claire 21-7 in the final frame to seal the region win.

Fairfield hosts Keenan Tuesday night in a region rematch. Tip is at 6 p.m.

FC—Christian Thompson: 10, Chyna Moore: 4, Chelsea Seibles: 7, Jada Martin: 5, Tiea Quanna Pearson: 4, Raven Rivers: 10, Tanise Davis: 4, Patrice Jeter: 4.

EC—Samari Davis: 3, Shabreccia Jones: 6, Deidra Davis-Johnson: 7, Jasmine Grooms: 2, Shavon Hall: 6, Alexis Robinson: 3.

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