The WhirlieGirls are ready to go for it all

Posted by Andy Durham on March 5, 2007 at 10:57 am under College, High School | 5 Comments to Read

The Grimsley girls will play for the State 4-A basketball title this Saturday in Chapel Hill at the Dean Dome.  The WhirlieGirls will face Southview High School from Hope Mills and the big game will tip off at 5pm.

The WhirlieGirls, and we gave them that name, have improved to 30-1 after their 58-51 victory over West Charlotte last Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem.  Grimsley, coached by Phil Weaver, suffered their only loss of the season to Page HS in the Pizza Hut Little Four semifinals back in December.

The Southview Tigers are unbeaten at 31-0 and they made it to Chapel Hill by defeating Wilmington Laney 51-37 in the girls 4-A East Regional final at JH Rose HS in Greenville.  Hope Mills, the city proper for Southview is located down below Fayetteville.

This will be Grimsley’s first visit to the girls state finals but Coach Phil Weaver has taken the Grimsley boys to three state title games.  Coach Weaver has some great help on his bench in Phil Barry, Wayne Butler, Hank Bullard, and Felicia Tate, all outstanding assistant coaches.

On the court the WhirlieGirls have been led all year long by Trumae Lucas, the team’s leading scorer and only a junior.  Nicole Hargraves is a very solid force inside but she failed to score against West Charlotte.  Hargraves got into some foul trouble but senior Brittany Shaefer came on board and stepped up to put in 6 big points off the WhirlieGirl bench.  Jasmine Alston burned up the nets for 10 to help Lucas with her 26 and the very steady Kristin Fields and Brittany Nicholson added 8 points each.

The WhirlieGirls rely heavily on Amber Cook and Roxanne Neumann to help to round out the eight girl rotation.  Lucas, Hargraves, Alston, Fields, and Nicholson usually get the call to start and then Cook, Neumann, and Shaefer come in to add strength off of the WhirleGirl bench.

Let’s hope the WhirlieGirls can bring home the title, and did you know that they might not even be going for the championship if not for a strange turn of events that took place back when Truame Lucas was heading into Middle School.

Lucas and her mom went out to Northeast Middle School to register Trumae for the new fall semester and they made their way up to the NEG Middle School office to ask for some directions and some help in getting the registration process under way.  The lady in the Northeast Middle School office was rude to the Lucas family and Turmae Lucas’ mom said we’re not taking any of this and Ms. Lucas took her daughter to Kiser Middle School and got her into school there instead.  Kiser is a feeder school for Grimsley and the rest is as they say, History.  I got this inside story from a very reliable girls AAU coach many years ago.

Our Dudley boys and girls both dropped their East Regional title games on Saturday and are done for the year.  The Dudley boys got beat up pretty bad in their final losing by nine but the way the officials were calling the game you would think the Dudley boys should have brought their football pads.  The Dudley boys had a great run winning two straight state titles and whose to say they wouldn’t have made it three in a row if Kenny Belton doesn’t hurt his ankle.  The Dudley girls and boys both have a lot to be proud of after their championship runs.

High Point Andrews ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night over in Winston-Salem as the Concord Spiders knocked the Red Raiders right out of the playoffs with a 75-51 CHSS(Concord High School Spiders) victory.  The Guilford College Quakers won two games during their trip up to Johns Hopkins and now Guilford, led by the big-man Ben Strong, is in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.  The North Carolina men ripped Duke by 14 and now the Tar Heels own a part of the Blue Devils and their mascot for life, Bruce Mitchell.  The North Carolina women, held off N.C. State and their motivational coach Kay Yow, to win the Women’s ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Start your engines and get behind the WhirlieGirls this week and do all you can to support their quest for the championship trophy down in Chapel Hill this Saturday afternoon.  


  • Debrando said,

    I am so proud of the Whirlies Girls they have had a wonderful year and my hat goes off to the coaches and players with playing very hard all year long….
    These ladies deseve it …… They have played hard game in and game out….
    I will pick the Girls to come back home with the champonship..
    Can anyone gives up the prediction on the score …….on this upcomig game on Sat…..?

  • Jane W said,

    I am with you brother. I have been pushing this team since back on November 1 when they threw out the first practice ball. The WhirlieGirls as they are being called around here these days, are going to win it all and that’s all that matters. To give a score I would say something like 57-52 and again let’s go Whirlies and I hope to see all of you at the game and Debarno we need you there to cheer us on. Like Debarno said all of Greensboro should be proud of the girls basketball team from Grimsley High School. JW and husband Bill W TRUE WHIRLIE FANS

  • Debrando said,

    Hello Jane we are proud of the girls at Whirlies land….. I was there from day 1 cheering them on…… I know these ladies would do fine and they have a great coaching staff who gets the ladies pump up and focus….. You may know my son who played on the boys team his name is Marlan Smith who is looking forward of going to college…….. I think the score will be Whirlies 60-55

  • Lucas Family said,

    The Lucas family thanks you all for such a wonderfull article and your support of the Grimsley Girls Basketball Team. I predict they will win the State championship next year, so continue to support them by attending as many games as you can.