Lady Griffins Topple Capitals

Chyna Moore delivers from just outside the key. (Photo/DeAnna Robinson)

Chyna Moore delivers from just outside the key. (Photo/DeAnna Robinson)

WINNSBORO (Jan. 6, 2016) — Fairfield Central’s girls’ basketball still has players missing from the roster for a number of reasons, but the crowd at the Griffins Den would never have known.

The Lady Griffins got 22 points from Tanise Davis, and cruised past Region 3-2A rival Columbia 48-22 to reopen the basketball season after the holiday break.

Davis made good on four 3-pointers and hit all six of her free throw attempts to lead the Griffins (7-4, 1-2). Chyna Moore added 13 points.

“We really played hard,” Fairfield Central head coach Amelia Miller said. “Our three guards (Davis, Moore and Jameka Henderson) really stepped up for us tonight. We were missing half our team tonight, and our JV came in and stepped up with some playing time.”

Tuesday night’s game was the first for the Griffins since the Sweet 16 Christmas Tournament in Orangeburg Dec. 26-28. They beat Calhoun County 61-29 on the first day, but closed out play with a 59-51 overtime loss to Scotland High of Laurinburg, N.C.

“It was a good tournament,” Miller said. “We pretty much ran the floor and our guards stepped up for us. Against Scotland it was a much slower game and we didn’t have all our varsity players. We went into overtime and I was pleased with the effort. We’re just learning from our experiences.”

Tuesday’s experience was a confidence builder for Fairfield Central. Even though they were missing some players from extended vacations, the Griffins took control early.

Fairfield Central got off to a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, and matched it with an 11-6 second quarter to go into the locker room with a 23-12 halftime lead.

Fairfield Central’s defense held the Capitals to one basket in the third quarter and took a 34-14 lead going into the fourth, where the Griffins outscored Columbia 13-8.

“We needed a region win, and hope we continue with some more,” Miller said. “When you come into region play, you come in 0-0. Keenan beat us, but now we’re 1-1 and we’ll get Eau Claire on Friday. We’re taking it one game at a time.”

FCHS 48, Columbia 22

Columbia: 6-6-2-8 – 22

FCHS: 12-11-12-13 – 48

C –Copeland 7, Dorsey 6, Taylor 4, Steadman 3, Miller 2. F –Tanise Davis 22, Chyna Moore 13, Henderson 9, Cory 2, Anderson 2. REC: Fairfield Central 7-4 overall, 1-1 Region 3-2A, Columbia 2-9, 0-2.