TEUTOPOLIS (WCIA) — The Teutopolis Lady Shoes are out to improve on their 3rd place finish in last years state finals, but the return to Redbird means more for senior Savannah Grimes.
“Being on the sidelines, it makes you not want to take anything for granted and playing for granted,” Grimes said. “I was just really excited to play this year.”
Grimes tore her ACL in January of 2018, forcing her to watch her team from the bench at Redbird Arena last season.
“It was really hard sitting on the sidelines because I wanted to help my team as much as I could possible,” she said. “I just kind of tried to give my input on what I thought could help them and just encourage them as much as I could.”
Grimes was fully cleared for basketball before the season and hasn’t missed a game this year. Head coach Laurie Thompson says her senior captain has been nothing short of impressive since the injury.
“She took it to the point, she’s an extremely hard worker and did get rehab extremely hard and she’s coming back strong,” Thompson said. “Hopefully that continues for her.”
This weekend is big for Thompson as well. She won two state titles for the Shoes as a player, but has yet to win one as a coach. She has three 3rd’s and a 2nd in her 12 years as a head coach.
“Obviously we all want to win a state championship, that’s our common goal, that’s all of our goals,” Thompson added. “So hopefully we can come to play and maybe we can get that accomplished this year.”
Teutopolis takes on St. Joseph-Ogden in the second Class 2A state semifinal on Friday night at 7:15 p.m.