Audriana Shaw prepares to break some ankles. (John Fisken photos)
Defensive dynamo Kylie Van Velkinburgh (right) gets up in the grill of a Stevens ball-handler.
Ja’Kenya Hoskins powers to the hoop for two.
“Little help. Guys … LITTLE HELP!!”
Sometimes it’s better to ignore the scoreboard.
Thursday was one of those days, as the Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads ran into a buzz-saw in the form of ginormous Stevens.
The school, which feeds 2A Port Angeles High School, is deep in numbers and loaded with talent, and the visitors took advantage of both to run the fairly inexperienced, thin-in-numbers Wolves off the floor.
Both games were virtual mirror images of each other, as the CMS 7th graders fell 47-8, before the “8th graders” lost 48-8.
I put quotes around 8th graders, since the Wolves have just four of those playing this season, which requires coach Ryan King to use a mix of younger players to fill out his roster.
Two of those 7th graders, Izzy Wells and Ja’Kenya Hoskins, each knocked down a bucket in the 8th grade game, while grizzled vets Genna Wright and Chelsea Prescott provided the other two.
In the seventh grade game, the scoring was also split between four Wolves, with Anya Leavell leading the way with three points.
Audriana Shaw (2), Samantha Streitler (2) and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (1) rounded out the attack.
Stevens used a mix of deep shots (four treys) and inside buckets to romp in the opener, while the nightcap was one layup after another from a confident, polished squad that moved as one.
If there was one positive on the day for King and CMS 7th grade coach Megan Smith, it was that their teams didn’t crumble under pressure, and actually played stronger in the later stages.
The Wolf teams combined to score the majority of their points in the second half, rattling home 11 of 16 after the break.
Coupeville also got scrappy play from a number of girls, with Kiara Contreras and Heidi Clinkscales leading the charge on diving for loose balls.
The games were the home opener for CMS, which drew the attention of wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who provides the pics above.
To see all of his photos from the game (purchases fund college scholarships for Wolf student/athletes and inspire him to return to Coupeville more frequently), pop over to: