Good girls kick off Good Guys v. Cancer showcase

By on December 2, 2022

First Flight junior Josie Voight (#10) escapes Cape Hatteras sophomore Elizabeth Fairbanks. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Cape Hatteras junior Alyssa Bryan (#3) runs towards the net for a layup, challenged by First Flight sophomore Summer Stevens. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Cape Hatteras junior Abby O'Neal makes a pass through First Flight sophomore Aubrey Phanton. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
First Flight (left to right) sophomore Skylar Wood, junior Khloe Tucker, sophomores Caroline York and Summer Stevens celebrate a point before being subbed into the game. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Manteo senior Will Waughtel (#3) defends the ball against Cape Hatteras junior Tripp Stephens. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Manteo sophomore Taylor Granitzki (#31) looks for a pass around Cape Hatteras senior Lucas Blankenship. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Manteo sophomore Taylor Granitzki (#31) and junior Eddie Turberville celebrate as junior Kaleb Spencer scores a thunderous dunk against Cape Hatteras. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
Cape Hatteras junior Raven Harkrader (#1) guarded by Manteo freshman Sam Jenkins. (Photos by Taylor Newton)
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Four boys games on tap for Friday, Dec. 2

By Steve Hanf | Outer Banks Voice

For the first time ever, the Good Guys vs. Cancer Basketball Showcase tipped off on Thursday, Dec. 1 with some good girls on the First Flight High School gym floor.

The FFHS women’s basketball team opened the fourth annual tournament with a 60-30 victory over Cape Hatteras Secondary School. After spending the last three years cheering from the stands, senior Courtney Beasley got to enjoy being part of the action – before heading to the student section as a fan.

“I’ve always wanted to play in it. It was fun,” said Beasley, whose teammate, Carly Gardill, even decorated the locker room with posters that read “her-story” since the Nighthawks were making “history” as the first girls team in the tournament. “I’ll be back for the Friday and Saturday games, too!”

Men’s basketball coach Chad Williams, who created this event as a cancer fundraiser in memory of his father, Guy, said it was an easy decision to expand the tournament to a third day this year and to include the FFHS women.

“It’s a whole school community, and to have them involved is cool because they’ve always been so supportive of the event,” Williams said. “Plus, it gives us a chance to have more of a local night, so having Currituck, Manteo and Hatteras involved, Riverside Williamston, and then having a bigger game at the end of the night, that’s sort of the icing on the cake for Thursday.”

Beasley scored eight points to help FFHS rally from a slow start. Hatteras actually led 16-8 after one quarter before the Nighthawks exploded for a 20-3 second quarter on the strength of 3-pointers from Josie Voight, Abby Miles and Khloe Tucker. Voight finished with four 3 three-pointers and a team-high 14 points to go along with a dozen steals. Aubrey Phanton added 13 points, Hailey Stanley had eight and Kellen Morris dished a number of assists.

“The kids have been thrilled all week just to be in this environment,” FFHS coach Ray Richards said. “Just to open up this giant event, I love it, and I hope next year there’s even a couple more girls teams to start it off.”

Thursday’s second game featured the Manteo and Cape Hatteras men’s teams. And while one of the hallmarks of the Good Guys tournament has been celebrating aerial acrobatics from well-known dunkers, the first slams of the showcase came from a surprise source: 6’ 6” Manteo junior Kaleb Spencer.

With the gym steadily filling up throughout the night, fans leaped out of their seats when Spencer took an outlet pass after a steal and rocked the rim with about three minutes left in the first half. Seconds later, he had a steal and another slam – and then senior Will Waughtel brought down the house with a pass off the backboard that Spencer rocked through the rim.

“It felt great. That was like my second dunk ever in a game,” Spencer said. Against the far smaller Hatteras squad, Spencer ended with about five dunks spread over the second and third quarters – and he also missed a few.

“I’m not used to catching the lobs yet,” he said with a smile.

Spencer still finished with 22 points to lead Manteo, with Waughtel adding 12 and Amyas Kenyon and Sam Jenkins each scoring 11. It was an altogether enjoyable outing for coach Timmy Charity’s squad.

“It’s a great thing that Chad puts on. Love the atmosphere, love the competition and love being able to watch all the competition,” said Charity, who added that his players were a little concerned about Friday’s practice time because they wanted to see some of the Day 2 action.

“We’re gonna let y’all out early so you can get over here and watch some good games.’ Not just the players, though: The town is talking about this. Everybody is excited about this tournament,” he added.

Manteo plays again Saturday morning at 8 a.m. opening the 10-game marathon in the final day against Riverside-Martin. Manteo lost to Riverside by a point in overtime last year.

Thursday’s Currituck-Riverside game was filled with the most drama, as Currituck battled back from a 20-11 hole to lead 35-28 entering the final quarter. Riverside clawed back to force a 42-all tie at the end of regulation, which is when senior Shamir Basnight took over. The speedy guard scored Riverside’s first four points of the extra session, then blocked a shot at the other end that would have tied it.

Currituck got a putback from freshman Jamie Dance in the final minute, but on an out-of-bounds play with 1.6 seconds left on the clock, Basnight shook off his defender, cut to the basket, took a perfect pass from freshman Jysen Shepherd and banked in a layup just before the buzzer for a 48-46 Riverside win.

Thursday’s marquee matchup at 9 p.m. featured top talents from Moravian Prep and Peninsula Catholic, with Moravian’s fast-paced offense and defense frustrating Peninsula Catholic at every turn. Prep led 40-27 at the half and by 20 points through three quarters in the 95-68 victory.

That battle was just an appetizer for the hoops fans who will flock to the gym Friday. Today’s high-flying action features The Burlington School against Moravian Prep at 4:30, Word of God vs. Combine Academy at 6 in a battle of nationally ranked squads, St. Anne’s Belfield against Greenfield at 7:30, then the FFHS men against Peninsula Catholic at 9.

“Those four games are huge,” Williams said. “When the ball goes up at 4:30 on Friday, it is going to be on until 11 o’clock Friday night. To jump out of the gate on Friday with those four games, people are going to get their money’s worth, 100 percent. To have that kind of talent on one court here in Dare County is special.”

Tickets are $15 for Friday (no re-entry) and $15 for Saturday (limited re-entry based on gym capacity). Mobile tickets can be purchased online until 3 p.m. for Friday’s four games at this GoFan link, while mobile Saturday tickets can be pre-purchased at this GoFan link. Tickets will be sold at the door as well, and a full concession stand will be available all three days.

Thursday’s Results
  • First Flight varsity girls 60, Cape Hatteras 30
  • Manteo 82, Cape Hatteras 19
  • Riverside Martin 48, Currituck 46 (OT)
  • Moravian Prep 95, Peninsula Catholic 68


Friday’s Games
  • The Burlington School vs. Moravian Prep, 4:30
  • Word of God vs. Combine Academy, 6
  • St. Anne’s Belfield vs. Greenfield, 7:30
  • First Flight vs. Peninsula Catholic, 9


Saturday’s Games
  • Manteo vs. Riverside Martin, 8 a.m.
  • Camden vs. Washington County, 9:30 a.m.
  • Hertford County vs. Maury, 11 a.m.
  • South Central vs. Landstown, 12:30
  • Northeastern vs Wilson Prep, 2
  • Greenfield vs. Peninsula Catholic, 3:30
  • Blue Ridge vs. The Burlington School, 5
  • Moravian Prep vs. Catholic, 6:30
  • St. Anne’s Belfield vs. Word of God, 8
  • First Flight vs. Kinston, 9:30

Tickets are $15 for Friday (no re-entry) and $15 for Saturday (limited re-entry based on gym capacity). Mobile tickets can be purchased online until 3 p.m. for Friday’s four games at this GoFan link, while mobile Saturday tickets can be pre-purchased at this GoFan link. Tickets will be sold at the door as well, and a full concession stand will be available all three days.

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