WhirlieGirls-Bison Boys:Tuesday Night HS Hoops Report

The Grimsley girls saw their hoops record rise to 8-0 as they ran past High Point Central 70-51 on Tuesday night at the Bob Sawyer Gym on the Whirlie campus.

The Black Bison girls never really had a chance, the WhirlieGirls are just too tough as Phil Weaver’s young ladies had 11 players score led by Kristin Fields and Trumae Lucas.  Fields had 14, Lucas 13, and Nicole Hargraves added 12 for the WhirlieGirls.  HPC was paced by Lauren Beeson with 19 and Allison Spivey with 16.

The difference in the game was turnovers.  The Bison girls were continuously traveling, being called for double dribble, or ending up out- of- bounds along the sidelines.  HPC must have turned the ball over 25 times on the night.  Give much of the credit to the WhirlieGirls’ defense and while you’re at it give credit to the Grimsley offense for the way they moved the ball to the open spots against the Bison pressure.

The question is, “How in the World can Grimsley not be the #1 seed for the Girls Little Four Tournament?”  Grimsley just beat Dudley last Wednesday and Dudley got the #1 seed and Grimsley ended up as #2.  The WhirlieGirls are still the team to beat.  Other winners on the girls side of things Tuesday included Page, Northwest, Dudley, Northeast, Ragsdale, Southeast, and Southwest.  Page is 7-0, NWG 6-1, and Dudley 4-1.

The Bison boys went through Grimsley like a dose of the salts.  High Point Central salted away the win out-scoring Grimsley 22-9 in the first quarter and then 29-9 in the third quarter.  HPC plays a numbers game where Coach K. runs players in and out of of his lineup faster than you can say, “Andy Durham for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.”

HPC had 14 players score and they only dress 16.  Jermaine Armstrong can shoot and hit from anywhere on the court and he is especially strong from behind the 3 point line.  What really did in the Whirlies was Rebounding.  HPC out-rebounded GHS by a 4-1 margin.  It did’t matter who the Bison had in the game along the blocks down low, they were getting second and third shots all night long.  Applewhite, Blazeck, Frye, Moore, it was HPC shutting out GHS on the boards.

Jermaine Armstrong led the Bison in scoring with 24 while senior Marlon Smith Jr. was the top Whirlie with 12.  HPC had balanced scoring coming off breakaways created by Grimsley trunovers and the Whirlies looked intimidated by the Power of HPC.

There was a good crowd at the game and I saw Don Corbett the legendary NC A&T coach whose son Darren coaches the Whirlies.  DC the father was at the game with his wife and we also met Marlon Smith Sr. who was very intense watching his young son battling the Bison.  Kenny O’Fallon was in attendance with his young son Seth, as was Tony Nusdeo whose son Anthony plays for HPC and is currently wearing a big brace on his knee, Tom Shalley from the Greensboro Parks and Recreation was at GHS, as was Brian Gulaski the hoops coach from Greensboro College.  Good crowd, good game, tough loss for GHS and another big win for HPC.

Other boys winners Tuesday included Eastern Guilford, Ragsdale, Southwest Guilford, and Northeast Guilford.  NEG topped WG 57-44 and Mezie Uzochukwu had 20 points and 11 boards for NEG, running the Rams record to a perfect 7-0.