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By Peter Vankevich
Islanders got their first glimpses of Ocracoke School’s basketball teams with the first home games of the season against rivals, the Cape Hatteras Hurricanes Tuesday (Nov. 28).
The junior varsity boys kicked off the series with a 41-33 win. With a first-quarter lead of 10-5, the Dolphins led throughout the game. Paul Jordan was high scorer with 18 points, followed by Dylan Esham with 10. Jasper Morris, for the Hurricanes, scored 17 points, including 5 three-pointers, in a losing effort.
The Lady Dolphins who lost five key players to graduation and expected to have a building year, faced a formidably experienced opponent, losing 50-21. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 17-2 first-quarter lead and then a halftime score of 27-10, and the result was never in doubt. Senior center Caroline Gray was high scorer for the Hurricanes with 14 points despite sitting out a lot of the second half. Ingrid Contreras was high scorer for the Dolphins with 13 points followed by Taylor Fuller with five.
Hatteras is now 4-0, having convincingly beaten two division 2-A teams, Currituck County and First Flight. The Lady Dolphins lost to both of these two teams in their first away games.
Starting strong with a 19-8 first quarter lead, the boy’s varsity went on to a convincing 70-39 win. Senior center Liam Caswell was high scorer with 19 points, followed by Perry Austin, 12 points, Mason Fuller, 10, and Davin Contreras with eight. All nine Dolphins scored. The boys are now 2-1 splitting their first two away games, losing to First Flight 95-59 and beating Currituck County 50-48 in nonconference games.
Friday (Dec. 1), the teams will travel to Pantego to play the Terra Ceia Christian Knights and return to the “tank” Saturday to take on the Albemarle School Colts of Elizabeth City in their second home games of the year. JVs tip-off at 2 p.m. followed immediately by the Lady Dolphins and ending with the boys varsity. There is no girls JV team this year.
Ocracoke’s community radio station, WOVV, will broadcast the home games this season, 90.1 FM on the island and online: wovv.org