Griffin’s inner drive has led the Bulldogs into the Suffolk history books


Cyriah Griffin guided King’s Fork to become the first public school girls’ team in the city to win a state championship.

SUFFOLK, Va. — It was mission accomplished recently for the King’s Fork basketball team. The Bulldogs dominated Millbrook to win the Class 4 State Capital title in Richmond. They became the first women’s team in Suffolk history to win a state championship. In the lead, guard Cyriah Griffin. “It’s the first. So it’s important for them,” she said after the game.

Head coach Maurice Fofana felt immense relief given that his teams in the past had missed out in the past. “It pays tribute to those before me who worked very hard. We were the ones who were able to get it,” he said.

The road was never easy last season for the Bulldogs. King’s Fork went through several line-up changes and at one point was 3-3. Forfana said many wrote them off, but it was Griffin to the rescue. His court vision and ability to get everyone involved in the games had limitless value, and the scary part? It has just completed its second season. “Having a playmaker is more than half of your problems,” Fofana said.

Griffin found she had to take matters into her own hands if the Bulldogs went far. “I had to be a leader and step up.” In his eyes, she is just getting started, which means a lot of trouble for opponents next season.


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