Griffin teams hunt for first region win

Jamaria Sampson (15) goes to the hoop under pressure. | Photos: Joe Seibles

WINNSBORO – A tough Keenan squad rolled into Winnsboro last Friday night for Fairfield Central’s first region matchup of the season.

The Raider offense was too much for the Griffins to contain as they pulled away with a 70-40 win to put Fairfield at 0-1 in region play.

Junior Jamaria Sampson led the Griffins with 12 points. Senior Crisitin Gray followed with eight, and sophomores Madisen Belton and Deasia Feaster each added seven. Gray added nine rebounds, four blocks and a steal while Belton led with four assists.

Fairfield turned around and found a one-sided win of their own in Monday’s game at Great Falls. The Griffins punished the Red Devils to the tune of 53-11.

Feaster and Sampson each put up 11 points in the win. Tahalia Collier added nine and Gray scored eight again. Belton had nine assists and six steals in the win.

Fairfield traveled to Camden on Tuesday for more region play. After a tight first quarter, the Griffins trailed by three, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead for a 34-22 lead at half.

Fairfield and Camden traded blows in the third quarter, each putting up 11 points, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth, outscoring Fairfield 10-2 for a 55-35 final score.

The Griffins will look for their first region win of the season when they host Catawba Ridge on Friday. Catawba Ridge is 1-1 in region play. They lost to Camden in overtime on Jan. 10 and defeated Indian Land 71-32 on Tuesday.

Sintell Quattlebaum (1) put up 12 points against Keenan.

The Fairfield Central boys dove head first into region action in their first game of 2020 against a tough defending region-champion Keenan team.

The Griffins stayed close in the first quarter, battling with the Raiders for a 17-10 score after one before Keenan’s offense knocked the dust off in the second. The Raiders outscored Fairfield 32-19 to take a dominant 49-29 lead at the half.

The Griffins returned to the court determined to derail the Raider train and held Keenan to only 34 points for the remainder of the game. The Fairfield offense put up 29 points of their own, but the effort was not enough to close the gap as Keenan took the 83-58 win.

Fairfield returned to action quickly with a Monday night game at Great Falls High School. The Red Devils outlasted the aggressive Griffin squad for a 41-32 final.

The Griffins found an uphill battle in Tuesday’s region game at Camden. Down 32-9 after one quarter of play, Fairfield Central worked to regain momentum for the remainder of the game, but lost with a 72-50 final.

Fairfield will host region foe Catawba Ridge on Friday in their first meeting of the season. The Copperheads also sit at 0-2 in region play after losses to Camden (45-29) and Indian Land (72-53). Tip-off is set for 7:30.

Charlie Cason led the Griffins offensively in their first games back with 20 points against Keenan, 12 against Great Falls and 11 against Camden. Sintell Quattlebaum had 14 in the Keenan matchup.