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Trafton Reynolds attempts a basket for Cape Hatteras with Manteo's Shymeek Pledger reaching to block the shot. Reynolds scored 7 points for the Hurricanes in Wednesday's 66-41 loss to Manteo. Philip S. Ruckle Jr. photo

Manteo wins basketball openers

Manteo High School opened its 2018-19 basketball season November 28 with two non-conference varsity team wins over visiting Cape Hatteras.

A strong third quarter scoring effort helped Manteo girls claim a 43-30 win, while Manteo boys coasted to a 66-41 win in the evening’s final game.

“I was very pleased with our offensive effort in the second half,” said Manteo coach Connor Butler. “Overall, it was a very good effort by our girls in their first game of the year.”

After an almost evenly matched first half, the Redskins moved ahead with a 13 point third quarter while holding the Hurricanes to a single basket by Nyah Machie.

A stronger fourth quarter performance by Hatteras proved too little too late, with Manteo holding on for the win.

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Referee Bob Kakretz gives instructions to Manteo and Cape Hatteras players before handing the ball to Manteo’s Claveon Rice (4) during Wednesday’s varsity boys basketball game at Manteo High School. Manteo won the boys game 66-41 and the girls game with a 43-30 score. Philip S. Ruckle Jr. photo

Opening with a relatively narrow 16-13 first quarter performance, Manteo boys blasted the Hurricanes in the second period with another 20 points while holding the Hurricanes to a single three-point basket by Keegan O’Neal for a 36-16 halftime lead.

Hatteras came back after the break in the third quarter with a double-digit scoring effort that cut Manteo’s lead by one point only to see the Redskins regain control in the fourth. Other than Zach Huizing’s foul shot with less than a minute to play, the Hurricanes were scoreless for the second half of the fourth quarter.

Wednesday’s loss leaves Cape Hatteras varsity boys with an 0-4 record after losses to Wilson Prep Academy, Terra Ceia Christian and First Flight. Cape Hatteras varsity girls, with a 58-9 win over Terra Ceia Christian and losses to Wilson Prep Academy, Currituck County, First Flight and Manteo are now 1-4 overall.

Manteo varsity boys and girls are both 1-0. In JV basketball action, Manteo lost its home game to Hatteras 38-25.

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL AT MANTEO HIGH SCHOOL NOVEMBER 28:
Quarter    Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4    Final
Manteo    10    12    13    8    43
Cape Hatteras    10    8    2    10    30
Manteo Individual Scoring: Skylar Williamson    13, Genesis Gregory 12, Camryn Creef 9, Logan Saunders 4, Ayanna Selby 3, Courtney Daniels 2, Maiya Ribeiro 2.
Cape Hatteras Individual Scoring: Emma Delmonte 8, Lexus Meekins 6, Morgan Fairbanks 4, McKayla Gordon  4, Eliza Quidley 4, Hannah Curcio 2, Nyah Machie 2.

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL AT MANTEO HIGH SCHOOL  NOVEMBER 28:
Quarter    Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4    Final
Manteo    16    20    12    18    66
Cape Hatteras    13    3    13    12    41
Manteo Individual Scoring:
Claveon Rice 22, Wolfie Schultz 11, James Gilreath 10, Erik Bailey 5, Blaise Bozarth 5, Kalihl Williams 5, Darren Saunders 3, Shymeek Pledger 2, Davien Flowers 2, Josh Houston 1.
Cape Hatteras Individual Scoring: Keegan O’Neal 19, Trafton Reynolds 7, Chase Silver 5, Dylan Gray 4, Jose Cirisa 3, DJ Register 2, Zach Huizing 1

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