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By Peter Vankevich
Having beaten the Columbia Wildcats Monday in the first round of the Atlantic 6 1A Conference, the Ocracoke School Lady Dolphins advanced to the semifinals and will play the Cape Hatteras Hurricanes in Creswell today.
They tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. at Creswell High School, which is hosting the conference tournament.
The girls’ varsity team, 9-13 overall and 5-5 in conference play this season, defeated Columbia 43-40 on Monday. Columbia, whose season ended Monday with the defeat, was 4-16 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
The Lady Dolphins will have their hands full today. The Hurricanes are undefeated, 21-0. They defeated Ocracoke 72-22 in their home game and 51-25 last week at Ocracoke. Top scorers this season are juniors Ingrid Contreras and Taylor Fuller. The Hurricanes are led by senior Caroline Gray who is averaging 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
The winner of the Creswell vs. Bear Grass Charter, who play tomorrow, will be play in the girls’ finals on Friday.
The boys’ varsity team, having gotten a bye in the first round because they were the top seed, will play Lake Mattamuskeet. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Bear Grass Charter Bears vs. Columbia Wildcats, who play tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.
The varsity boys are 18-3 overall and 10-0 in the conference. Their only losses in December were to First Flight and Currituck high schools, both in the larger Northeastern Coastal 2A Conference.
The boys team should have an easier time against the Lakers, who are 3-17 overall and 3-8 in conference. The teams played three times this season, with Ocracoke winning convincingly 75-36, 80-24 and 68-13.
The Dolphins’ top scorers this year are senior Liam Caswell, 23 points, and junior Colby Austin with 12.