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Ryanne Knoblich cracked the 100-point club Thursday night. (Morgan White photo)

Consider it a warning shot across the bow.

Facing off with a potential playoff opponent Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball team made short work of their rivals.

Getting points from nine players, the Wolves roared out to a 28-point lead on the road at Auburn Adventist Academy, then coasted in for a comfortable 42-21 non-conference win.

The third-straight victory for Megan Richter’s squad, it lifts them to 8-8 heading into the final week of the regular season.

Coupeville hosts Northwest 2B/1B League leader La Conner next Tuesday, Feb. 7 on Senior Night, then travels to Friday Harbor Feb. 10.

Two of those three teams advance to the bi-district playoffs, which are Feb. 13-15 at Coupeville High School.

La Conner is currently 2-0 in the three-team round robin of 2B schools, with the Wolves at 1-1, and Friday Harbor 0-2.

The #1 team from District 1 (Coupeville’s district) opens the playoffs against the #2 team from District 2, with the #2 squad from D-1 facing the #1 group from D-2 in loser-out games.

If things in D-1 hold through the final week, that means La Conner would face Northwest Christian (Lacey), while Coupeville and Auburn Adventist would reunite in the other game.

The winners Feb. 13 return to CHS Feb. 15 to play for the bi-district title and a trip to the state tourney.

If Thursday’s game was a playoff preview, Wolf players have to feel pretty good about things, as they dominated Auburn from opening tip to final buzzer.

Lyla Stuurmans slipped a free throw through the net to open the scoring, and Coupeville had a lead it would never relinquish.

Like never, ever.

Hitting the boards hard and playing a brisk game of “give me the dang ball or die!” on defense, the feisty Wolves bolted out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

And, if 8-2 doesn’t sound like a huge lead, it still felt like it, as Coupeville rarely let Auburn get anywhere close enough to the hoop to launch a shot in the early going.

If a whole bunch of Wolf shots hadn’t taken weird spins off the glass or popped backwards off an unforgiving rim, they would have been up by a solid 20+ points, instead of just six.

The baskets started falling at a more-satisfying pace in the second quarter, from Katie Marti slapping home a runner off of an Alita Blouin dish, to Marti returning the favor, feeding Ryanne Knoblich for a breakaway bucket.

Blouin splashed home a three-ball right before the buzzer, sending CHS to the halftime break up 21-7, before Coupeville really got going in the third quarter.

Or, more specifically, Knoblich strode out onto the floor, screamed “Ain’t no one in this joint can stop me!” and went on a tear.

Sure, it’s possible I’m putting words in her mouth, but the Wolf senior was most certainly a savage in the second half, brutalizing any defender who dared to (meekly) step to her.

Barreling through the paint, flinging bodies in all directions, Knoblich knocked down nine of her game-high 11 points in the third, with six of those points coming courtesy offensive rebounds.

The best one was the one where she slammed two hands on the ball, ripped the ball loose from an Auburn player’s less-than-sturdy grip and sent the Falcon sprawling to the hardwood.

When Knoblich wasn’t channeling Dennis Rodman on the boards, Wolf point guard Maddie Georges was flipping note-perfect passes left, right, and every direction, setting up her teammates for easy buckets.

Don’t mess with Maddie Georges, cause you’ll lose. (Bailey Thule photo)

One Georges pass in the third quarter went to Knoblich, one went to Marti, and a third found the waiting fingers of Madison McMillan, as Georges shredded the Falcon defense at every opportunity.

Up 36-9 heading into the fourth, Coupeville pushed the margin all the way out to 40-12 before Auburn salvaged some self-respect by closing the game on a 9-2 push.

Knoblich’s 11 points helped her achieve a personal milestone, as she cracked the 100-point club and now sits with 101 for her varsity career.

Marti dropped in a season-high 10 points in support, while Blouin (9), McMillan (4), Mia Farris (2), Gwen Gustafson (2), Carolyn Lhamon (2), Stuurmans (1), and Georges (1) also scored.

Jada Heaton and Skylar Parker brought hustle to their work on the defensive end of the floor, as all 11 girls on the Wolf varsity roster saw floor time.

 

No JV Game:

Auburn only has one girls’ team, so Coupeville’s second unit had the night off.

The Wolf young guns, who are 6-8 on the season, close their season next week with games against La Conner and Friday Harbor.

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Haylee Armstrong scans the floor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The bench will be full.

New Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball coaches Mia Littlejohn and Bennett Richter have 31 players ready to tear up the Cascade League.

That allows the Wolves to field three teams when they play Sultan (twice), Granite Falls, Lakewood, and King’s.

South Whidbey (two games) and Northshore Christian are the only Cascade schools not to have enough players to go beyond two teams.

Coupeville’s eight-game season kicks off on the road at Langley Feb. 9, with the first home games Feb. 21 against Northshore.

The season wraps Mar. 9 with a rematch against South Whidbey, this time in Cow Town.

 

The roster:

 

8th:

Capri Anter
Haylee Armstrong
Isabella Bowder
Lexis Drake
Lina Shelly
Melanie Wolfe

 

7th:

Amelia Crowder
Arianna Cunningham
Amaiya Curry
Isabella de Souza
Lillian Ketterling
Willow Leedy-Bonifas
Ava Lucero
Taylor Marrs
Inara Maund
Adeline Maynes
Rhylin Price
Chelsi Stevens
Tenley Stuurmans
Sydney Van Dyke
Marin Winger

 

6th:

Sophia Batterman
KeeArya Brown
Emma Cushman
Isley Garcia Fernandez
Savannah Niewald
Kennedy O’Neill
Allie Powers
Sage Stavros
Tamsin Ward
Camilla Wolfe

Ready to rock. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Former Wolf Savina Wells is tearing things up in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She had an immediate impact.

Coupeville native Savina Wells continues to rack up sizzlin’ stats while playing sports in Florida.

The sophomore sensation, coming off an auspicious debut as a volleyball spiker at Fernandina High School, kept the good times going while transitioning to the basketball court.

The former Wolf ace led the Pirates stat sheet during a 12-7 season, averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a night.

Wells paced Fernandina Beach in both categories, while also topping her squad in both total rebounds (125) and blocked shots (21).

Her 160 points were second to the 172 banked in by senior Nevaeh Morris, but Wells played in 15 games, while her older teammate suited up for all 19 contests.

Wells also made off with 17 steals and tallied four assists for a Fernandina Beach team which played two games at the district tourney.

The Pirates opened the postseason with a 41-39 win over West Nassau Jan. 31, then were eliminated Feb. 1 in a 43-37 double-overtime thriller by top-seeded Andrew Jackson.

Now, Wells will wrap her first school year in the Sunshine State by joining the Fernandina Beach track and field team.

A multi-sport star in Coupeville since she could walk, Savina is the youngest of Lyle and Katy’s three children.

Older siblings Ulrik and Izzy both graduated from CHS after stellar athletic and academic careers, before the family moved to Florida after Savina’s freshman year.

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Maddie Georges rattled the rims Friday for a season-high 16 points. (Karen Carlson photo)

Big moments are made for big stars.

Playing in their next-to-last regular-season home game Friday, Coupeville High School’s seniors combined to score all but four of their team’s points in a 47-27 romp over visiting Friday Harbor.

Hitting six three-balls while playing inspired defense, the Wolves led virtually start to finish while grabbing a win which has huge playoff implications.

The victory lifts Coupeville to 7-8 on the season, but it was whom it came against which matters most.

The Northwest 2B/1B League has three 2B schools, and two earn berths to the bi-district tourney based on how they do against each other in the regular season.

La Conner is 2-0 in the round-robin, Coupeville is 1-1, and Friday Harbor 0-2.

The Braves and Wolverines play again Feb. 3, with Coupeville hosting La Conner Feb. 7, then travelling to Friday Harbor for the regular-season finale Feb. 10.

In between that, CHS has a road game Feb. 2 against non-league foe Auburn Adventist Academy.

Friday’s win give the Wolves a big leg up on Friday Harbor in the scramble for a playoff berth, and Megan Richter’s squad made a statement.

Alita Blouin splashed home a three-ball to open the game, before Coupeville fell behind for the one and only time, trailing 5-3.

That was when senior point guard Maddie Georges stepped up, muttered “give me the dang ball” (I’d like to think…), and flipped the script.

First, she pegged a floor-long pass to Ryanne Knoblich for a game-tying layup, before knocking down back-to-back treys, which each shot coming from a different side of the floor.

In between the game-altering bombs, Georges also made off with a steal, collected a floor burn or two, and delivered withering side-eye to anyone who dared to step into her path.

So, a typical day for the calm, yet fiery one.

Heading into the first break with an 11-5 lead, Georges and her associates kept attacking in the second quarter, with Knoblich knocking down a pair of buckets to kick things off.

One of her baskets was set up by a slick inbounds pass from Lyla Stuurmans, the other came courtesy of Knoblich wrestling a rebound out of the hands of a taller rival.

Coupeville as a team has struggled at the free throw line all season, but on this night, Georges calmly sank four in a row, signaling a positive change.

The lead was up to double-digits by halftime, with the Wolves heading to the locker room with a 23-11 advantage, but CHS was just getting warmed up.

Blouin and Georges hit back-to-back daggers from behind the arc in the third quarter, the second and fourth treys of the night for the Wolf sharpshooters, respectively.

Coupeville’s lead ballooned to 14, was trimmed back to eight for a brief moment, then settled in at a comfortable 35-24 heading into the fourth.

That final frame belonged completely to the Wolves, as they held Friday Harbor to just a single field goal over the game’s final eight minutes.

By contrast, Blouin was on a tear, dropping runners in the paint, while Coupeville also hit four free throws and capped things with a beautiful bank shot from Stuurmans.

Scoring all of her points from either the three-point line or the charity stripe, Georges led the way with a season-high 16, while Blouin was hot on her heels with 15.

Knoblich made it three Wolves with double digits, banking in 10, while Gwen Gustafson capped the senior attack with a bucket.

Sophomores Mia Farris and Stuurmans chipped in with two points apiece, with Carolyn Lhamon and Katie Marti also seeing floor time for the Wolves.

While the playoff-positive win was the big headline, two CHS players achieved personal milestones as well.

Blouin, who has played 17 varsity games, cracked the 150-point club and now sits with 159.

Georges, meanwhile, moves into exclusive company, becoming the #30 scorer in CHS girls’ basketball history for a program started in 1974.

With her performance Friday, she jumps to 343 career points, passing all-timers Taniel Lamb (330), Misty Sellgren (331), Amanda Allmer (331), and Kailey Kellner (339).

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Liza Zustiak prepares to launch a pass. (Jackie Saia photo)

Kassie O’Neil is going into the weekend full of positive feelings.

While her Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad was nipped 27-26 Friday night by visiting Friday Harbor, it was the way the Wolves played which pleased their coach.

Playing less than 24 hours after a somewhat lackluster loss against big-school rival Mount Vernon, the CHS young guns brought the excitement to the hardwood.

“We hustled so hard,” O’Neil said. “Way different energy than last night.

“If only our baskets fell, we would have had it,” she added. “But they had a lot of great looks and everyone played well.”

The loss drops the Wolves to 6-8 on the season, and now, after playing three times in four days, they’ll sit for a bit.

The Coupeville varsity has a road game at Auburn Adventist Academy next Thursday, Feb. 2, but the small private school doesn’t field a JV girls’ team.

So, O’Neil’s squad will sit until Feb. 7, when they host La Conner in their home finale, before closing the season on the road at Friday Harbor Feb. 10.

Facing off with the visiting Wolverines, Coupeville fell behind early, but then carved the lead down as the game progressed.

Friday Harbor went to the first break up 10-4, but the Wolves netted a pair of three-balls in the second frame, with Desi Ramirez-Vasquez and Madison McMillan makin’ the net pop from long distance.

Coupeville got its third, and final trey in the third quarter, this time off the sweet-shooting fingertips of Kierra Thayer and trailed 25-18 heading into the final eight minutes.

Clamping down on defense, the Wolves limited Friday Harbor to just a single fourth-quarter bucket, closing the game on an 8-2 run which came up just a single, solitary point short of forcing overtime.

Ramirez-Vasquez paced CHS with a team-high seven points, with McMillan popping for six, and Reese Wilkinson knocking down four.

Thayer (3), Skylar Parker (2), Liza Zustiak (2), and Brynn Parker (2) also scored, with Bryley Gilbert, Teagan Calkins, Kassidy Upchurch, Kayla Arnold, and Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo all seeing floor time.

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