Last night’s plan was to hit the Page-NWG girl’s game and then head over to Grimsley and catch the Smith-Grimsley boy’s contest. My travels on the baseball trails going to Northern Guilford, Northwest Guilford, Southwest Guilford, and Ragsdale put those plans on hold and I was lucky that SWG and Ragsdale had the lights on so we could get the extended time at those two locations.
No time to hit Page and my apologies to the Pirates but they didn’t need me to help because the young ladies from Pirateland won their game over Northwest 65-61 to lock down second place in the Metro 4-A conference. The News and Record said the game was played at the Harrison Gym and I am sure that former Pirate coach Mac Morris would not be too happy about that. It is the Mac Morris Gym and Page finishes the regualr season at (19-4/8-2) with three of those four losses coming to Grimsley. Jasmine Gill had 29 for Page. NWG closes at (18-6/5-5). For some crazy reason other than the fact that the score wasn’t called in to the N&R, no results on the Page-NWG boy’s game. Maybe someone will contact us with that score.
The Grimsley girls in the words of coach Phil Weaver finished the reugular season with the city’s first undefeated team in history. The first undefeated team in city/county history in the regular season for girl’s basketball. That is quite an accomplishment. The Whirlies go to (24-0) with their 67-32 win over Smith. Kristin Fields finished with 22 for Grimsley.
The Grimsley boy’s game had a similar result but the game and the score were closer with the Whirlies winning 66-54. Grimsley guys now stand at (20-3/10-0) and David Dupont had a big senior night with 26 points. Keith Manley had a double-douoble with 10 points/10 rebounds. The game was moving along fine and Grimsley is going 10-0 in the conference but at the end of the game everything got sullied a bit when a fight broke out and the police had to storm the court. On a Smith Golden Eagle drive to the bucket, Smith’s Avery Hardy and Grimsley senior Alex Booe got tangled up and punches were exchanged. Both benches emptied and order had to be restored. Grimsley Athletic Director Lewis Newman and Principal Kevin Flemming were there right in the middle of the fracas to help control the players and the crowd. Tensions were running high, tempers were flaring and the fans were told to remain in their seats or there would be trouble and what I would assume possible arrests.
Things got crazy but after several minutes of discussion and sorting the situation out the players were allowed to stay in the game. There was only about a minute left in the contest when the fights broke out and some of the reasoning by the referees was to just go ahead and try and get the game over without any further incidents. Many of the fans were blaming Alex Booe becasue they said he was grabbing Avery Hardy as Hardy went up for the dunk. Others were saying that Booe was just kind of horsing around and that Booe casually grabbed at Hardy trying to foul him and they got tangled up. Hardy took it seriously and he became a mad man. That’s when the police had to jump in and restore order.
The fight marred what was otherwise a very productive senior night for the Whirlies. There was a very large crowd on hand and it is a good thing that the whole scene didn’t blow wide-open. There were many more Whirlie fans than Smith Golden Eagle fans and you would have to think that a fan brawl would have gotten ugly. I hate it happened and I hate I have to report this type of thing, but otherwise you may have never heard about this occurence. We were there.
In other action to close out the regular season Dudley took two from Western Guilford, easy in the girl’s game 58-29, but tighter in the boy’s game at 66-58. The Dudley boys end up at (14-0) in the Triad 3-A. The N&R had Brandon Pennix and PJ Harriston as the leading scorers for Dudley but they meant to say PJ Hairston. Pennix had 24 and Hairston 21. The Dudley boys end up #1 Triad 3-A, while Northern Guilford finishes #2 and NEG #3. The Northern boys(17-7/11-3) defeated Western Alamance 71-64 and NEG(16-8/10-4) topped Bartlett Yancey 63-52. In the girl’s Triad 3-A, Dudley and NEG end up tied at (13-1) and a tie-breaker will have to determine the #1 seed for next week’s tournament at NEG.
Also last night, Ragsdale remained strong with the Tiger boys(21-3/11-1) winning 70-53 over Asheboro and the Tiger girls(20-3/11-1) did in Asheboro too, 67-46. Next week in the conference tournament the Tiger guys will find Trinity waiting and the Tiger girls look ahead to Southeast Guilford. Last night SEG(20-4/11-1) humbled Randleman 59-29. The Trinity boys(23-1/11-1) topped Eastern Randolph in OT 64-62. Southwest Guilford got a split with Glenn as the SWG girls(14-10/9-1) won 58-45, but the Cowboys lost to the Bobcats 79-55. The High Point Central girls kept their end-of-the-season run going as they topped East Forsyth 48-37 sending HPC to (5-5) in the Metro conference. The SEG boys fell to Randleman 57-48 and Southern Guilford’s boys lost to Reidsville 60-55.
We are again missing some scores today, if you have any info for us on the other contests please leave it in the comment box below. Thank you.