Results from first-round State High School Basketball Tourney, FFHS boys advance

By on March 1, 2024

By Joel Diaz | Outer Banks Voice

The NC State High School basketball tournaments kicked off this past week. Representing Dare County schools in the 3A division, both the First Flight varsity boys and girls basketball teams displayed strong efforts in their respective first-round matchups. The Cape Hatteras girls team also made the 1A division tournament, to represent that community. The Manteo teams and Cape Hatteras boys teams did not secure spots in the tournaments.

The Lady Nighthawks faced a tough battle against the 27th-seeded Triton Hawks on Feb. 27. Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the game intensified, concluding with a close score of 60-53 in favor of Triton. Freshman Maddie Beatson showcased her ability, leading the team with 23 points. Unfortunately, the loss marked the end of the Lady Nighthawks’ run in the state tournament, as they finished the season with a strong 17-5 record.

The First Flight varsity boys secured a notable victory in the first round against E.E. Smith on Feb. 27. As the No. 9 seed, they prevailed with a final score of 77-67, with a classic performance led by junior Mason Dobie, who contributed 39 points.  Sophomore standout Brody Woods added 23 points of his own. With this win, the Nighthawks advance to the second round, where they will face off against No. 8 North Brunswick, on the road this Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

The Cape Hatteras girls team also made the tournament with an impressive record of 16-9, and it was the No. 20 seed in the states. The squad lost an away contest on Feb. 27 to the No. 13 seed Northside by a final score of 81-47, ending a strong season.


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