Griffin collects 900th career win

Brownsboro girls basketball coach Fred Griffin talks to his team after the third quarter of their game Friday evening at home against Daingerfield. Griffin earned his 900th win after beating Daingerfield, 45-4. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

BROWNSBORO — Brownsboro girls basketball coach Fred Griffin captured his 900th career win in a 45-4 victory against Daingerfield on Friday night at the BHS gymnasium. 

The 29th-year Bearettes coach earned the accomplishment in front of family and friends. The Florida native never considered piling up 900 when he started his career.

“I don’t think it’s something you plan on happening when it starts,” said Griffin, who will be honored at Tuesday night’s game. “It just happens. Brownsboro is a good place and I’ve had a lot of good players. Our girls here love to play sports.”

Griffin, whose record now stands at 900-301, won for the 700th time in 2003 against Lufkin and the 800th time in 2008 against Van. His 900th was never in question, thanks to the Bearettes racing ahead to a 27-0 lead at halftime against the young Lady Tigers, who fell to 6-20 on the year.

“His team is strong,” Daingerfield coach John Rush said. “They play together.”

Brownsboro led 14-0 after the break and continued to deny first-half opportunities for Daingerfield, whose only scoring threat came on two missed free throws in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers’ first point of the night came on a free throw with 4:02 left in the third quarter, and its only basket came with 2:17 remaining in the quarter.

Brownsboro was led in scoring by LaQuesha Cooper, who finished with 15 points.

Griffin is thankful for the support he’s received over the years.

“I’m not a hometown boy but I’ve always felt like I’m a hometown boy,” he said. “I’ve been treated good here.”

Griffin doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon, which means 1,000 wins could be down the line. 

“I still enjoy coaching,” he said last week. “I enjoy being around the kids. I’d like to coach until I don’t want to coach anymore. If I come in one day and decided I’ve had enough, it would be enough. If the school tells me they’ve had enough of me, then I’ve had enough, too.

“I think (1,000 wins) is possible. We have some good kids coming.”

The Bearettes’ dominant performance came before Brownsboro and Daingerfield put on a show in boys action. The No. 25 Bears pulled away in the fourth overtime to prevail 73-67 against the Tigers, who missed an open shot at the rim as time expired in regulation and hit an improbable 3 to tie the game with time running out in the third overtime.

DaVonte Givens paced the Bears with 34 points.



Brownsboro 45, Daingerfield 4

Daingerfield 0 0 3 1 — 4

Brownsboro 14 13 13 5 — 45

DAINGERFIELD — Deandra Hanson, 1; Kiyuna Williams, 2; Gloria Rodriguez, 1. 

BROWNSBORO — Meagann Lough, 8; Victoria Walker, 2; Rebekah Rogers, 6; LaQuesha Cooper, 15; Shelbie Bagby, 3; Brianna Warren, 8; Lakeshia Johnson, 2; Brittney Dykes, 1. 

THREE-POINT GOALS — D: none. B: Lough (2).

RECORDS — Daingerfield 6-20; Brownsboro 19-6.



No. 25 Brownsboro 73, Daingerfield 67 (4OTs)

Daingerfield 13 5 19 5 7 4 8 4 — 67

Brownsboro 12 14 9 9 7 4 8 10 — 73

DAINGERFIELD — C. Bryant, 2; J. Wilkerson, 7; D. Terry, 26; N. Jackson, 7; B. Williams, 11; J. Barber, 5; D. Darnell, 3; T. Wilson, 6.

BROWNSBORO — DaVonte Givens, 34; Jaren Bragdon, 6; Patrick McCarthy, 13; Taylor Beall, 3; Blake Ralson, 10; D. Z. Moss, 1; Keuntis Thompson, 5; Will Bailey, 1.

THREE-POINT GOALS — D: Terry (6), Williams, Wilkerson. B: Thompson, Ralson (2), Beall.

RECORDS — Daingerfield 11-9; Brownsboro 22-5.

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