By Matteus Gilbert
The Ocracoke School varsity boys Dolphins continued their auspicious basketball season Tuesday with a 58-40 home game win over rival Cape Hatteras Hurricanes.
Led by Senior Evin Caswell with 24 points, his emphatic dunk late in the third quarter caused the hometown audience to roar.
Now 3-1, the team came off of a huge win against Currituck County last week and are off to one of the best starts in years. Currituck County is a 2A school and has more than 1,000 students in high School. Ocracoke has around 40.
So this win was rather impressive for the Dolphins, who have fought hard through adversity in the offseason and are playing passionately at a high level.
Girls varsity Coach Adam Burleson has had his team working relentlessly in the last week since coming off of a loss a week ago to First Flight.
Yesterday, the Lady Dolphins dominated nearby rival Cape Hatteras by a score of 63-43, led by Junior Sydney Austin.
Austin has developed into the heart and soul of this team, scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals. This outstanding game was the most impressive by Austin this season, and possibly the best of her career. Bricia Moreno also contributed, scoring 14 points and three three-point baskets. The Lady Dolphins now hold an overall record of 2-2 and a conference record of 1-0.
The newly-minted junior varsity basketball team played their first home game against the Hatteras Hurricanes, but ultimately lost the contest 53-44.
Led by duo Colby Austin and Kalai Samick, the Dolphins fought hard all game, but came up short in the end as they were worn out by fatigue. Fatigue can be a major issue for a squad with six players, and this will be something they will have to face all year. Samick scored 15 points and Austin followed with 14. The team is composed entirely of freshman and hopes to improve throughout the season.
The next games for the dolphins are at Columbia on Friday.