Hatteras Secondary School’s Lady Canes basketball team excelled beyond
what anyone had projected for them this past season, going undefeated
in their regular season and competing at the state level. Though their
success was certainly a team effort, one of the standout Lady Canes was
senior captain Caroline Gray. After a record-breaking season at CHSS,
Caroline will continue her basketball career as a Trojan at the
University of Mount Olive this fall. With the overwhelming support of
family, friends, and faculty, she hopes to continue to hone her skills
in the sport that she has enjoyed for so long.
affectionately known as Stretch, started out playing basketball when
she was just four years old, long before she was tall enough to reach
the net. She remembers watching college basketball when she was young
and dreaming of playing at a higher level. Despite living on an island,
Gray managed to continue
working on her skills in the off-season and to improve. Caroline says
her favorite thing about basketball are the endless chances to advance
her skills and find innovative ways to outsmart her opponents.
“You can always create something new, whether it be a play or a new move,” she said.
has always been something of a family affair for the Grays. Both her
brother, Hamilton, and her sister, Caitlyn, played for CHSS, and her
mother, Susan, is the Administrative Specialist at the Fessenden Center
where Caroline played rec ball.
dad, Asa, taught her to dribble as soon as she could hold a ball, and
has always pushed her to get better. He spent countless nights with her
working on shooting and skills, and sometimes even took her to the Day
Use Area in Salvo to run and get in shape for the season. Had her dad
not sat down with her after every game to explain the areas in which
she could improve, Caroline says she would not be able to play at the
“I definitely wouldn’t be here today without the help of my family and this school,” Caroline said.
signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Mount Olive this past
Wednesday in the CHSS gym amongst a crowd of her family, friends,
coaches, administrators, and teammates. The ceremony was short and
simple, and included a brief signing of the letter and heartfelt words
from all who have gotten the opportunity to see Caroline’s basketball
career progress over the years.
As the first signee at CHSS in several years, everyone is very proud of her and excited to watch her play at the college level.
has been nothing but a joy watching you develop into the young lady
that you are and the superior athlete you have become,” said Beth
Rooks, the school’s administrator
in Mount Olive, North Carolina, the University of Mount Olive is a
small private liberal arts college. Caroline says she chose to play at
Mount Olive because she really likes the campus and the small class
sizes. She plans to major in business and minor in coaching. After
meeting with the team and coaches, she felt like these would be the
people to help push her game to the next level.
leading her team through four rounds of states playoffs, Caroline
believes her time at CHSS will only impact her college basketball
career positively. Though she has had to play some much more
experienced teams, she believes that playing them has only made her
better. Over the six years she has played basketball with CHSS, she has
learned to leave it all out on the court.
though things might get hard or you might get beat, it doesn’t mean you
give up, it just pushes you to become better,” Caroline said.
the support of her community, Caroline hopes to accomplish big things
and to make her school proud, and many are hoping that she might return
to coach basketball at CHSS one day. Either way, her legacy will not
soon be forgotten.
has worked very hard for this. We are all very proud of her, and
looking forward to going to see her play at Mount Olive,” said Coach