Griffin seasons end with playoff losses

The Griffins struggled to ignite their offense against a tough Southside team. | Photo: Huddle

GREENVILLE – After wrapping up their regular season with a 14-5 (4-4) record, Fairfield Central girls entered the South Carolina High School League’s 3A basketball state playoffs last Thursday with an uphill battle.

They faced Daniel High School, seeded higher in the bracket, in the opening round. Daniel finished the regular season as second in Region 1. The Griffins, third in Region 4, pulled off a 33-28 win over the Lions to eliminate them from playoffs.

Next, the Griffins faced a tough Southside (19-3, 9-1) team on Saturday in the second round. Southside controlled the game and came away with a 54-24 win, ending the Griffins’ championship hopes.

The loss put the Griffins at 15-6 on the season. Southside advances to tonight’s quarterfinal matchup against Fairfield’s region foe Lower Richland. The winner will advance to the Final Four. Keenan High School, also in Fairfield’s region, will also play for a semifinal spot against Blue Ridge tonight.

Seniors De’Asia Feaster and Madisen Belton were named to the All-Region team for Region 4.

In a post-season tweet, Griffins head coach Amelia Miller addressed Feaster and Belton.

“I’m sooo (sic) proud of you!! Thanks for everything you have done for the Lady Griffins basketball Program,” Miller’s tweet said.

The Griffin boys faced Wren High School in the opening round of the 3A playoffs. Able to handle the scrappy Fairfield squad, Wren (18-8) came away with a 79-48 win, ending the Griffins’ season at 5-17.

Wren was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday with a 57-63 loss to Blue Ridge. As of Wednesday, Keenan was the only Region 4 team left in the 3A playoffs. They were set to face Seneca in the quarterfinals, but scores were not available at press time.

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