By Richard Taylor
The Dolphin varsity boys advanced one step closer to the Atlantic 6 1A Conference Championship with a convincing 80-23 semifinal victory over the Mattamuskeet Lakers at the Creswell High School gym Wednesday night.
Liam Caswell led the Dolphins with 18 points. Colby Austin and Mason Fuller each scored 17. Both made five 3-pointers. The regular-season champion Dolphin boys led 44-14 at halftime. Undefeated in conference play, they are now 19-3 and haven’t lost since falling to Division 2-A Currituck County High School on Dec. 28 in the Perquimans Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Dolphins did not fare as well, losing to the regular-season conference champion and undefeated Cape Hatteras Hurricanes 71-12. Hatteras led 38-9 at the half. Ingrid Contreras led Ocracoke with seven points. Taylor Fuller had four and Vanessa Lora scored one point. Full game stats were not available. Only six Lady Dolphins made the tournament trip to Washington County.
The Dolphin boys will play in the tournament title game Friday evening against the winner of today’s Bear Grass Charter vs. Columbia game at 5:30 p.m. in Creswell. That game will follow the girls’ championship game at 4 p.m., matching Hatteras against the winner of today’s match between Creswell and Bear Grass Charter which tips off at 6 p.m.
NPS ranger Ed Fuller, who drove the bus to Creswell, called into WOVV 90.1 FM to provide on-air updates on the two games played in the cramped confines of the Creswell gym. He said he was very proud of his children, Taylor and Mason, for their play this season. .
WOVV will broadcast the game on 90.1 FM and online at wovv.org., approximately 7:30 p.m.