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Izzy Wells denies you. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two schools, four teams, one Island, one photographer.

Wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken stayed busy Saturday, clicking away as Coupeville High School hosted South Whidbey in a pair of girls basketball games.

The Falcons claimed the JV contest, while the Wolves rebounded to come out on top in the varsity tilt, all set to the tune of the click of the camera.

To see everything Fisken snapped, and possibly purchase some glossy mementos for Aunt Ruth and Uncle Roberto down in Boca, pop over to:





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Brooklyn Thayer lays claim to the basketball.

Gwen Gustafson drills the bottom out of the net.

Reese Wilkinson loses her defender.

Savina Wells has a present for the hoop.

Heading out of bounds, Falcon ace Hadley Eager saves the play by alertly throwing the ball off of Lyla Stuurmans.

Mia Farris delivers another bucket.

Coach Greg Turcott (red shirt) plots outs strategy for the Wolf JV.

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Izzy Wells banked in 11 points in a big win Saturday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith provides quality entertainment for his grandkids. (Cory Whitmore photo)

Third quarter for the win!

Busting open a tie ball game Saturday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad hit the jets, scorched the net and ran away from visiting South Whidbey.

Closing the third frame on a torrid 15-4 run, with mad bomber Maddie Georges nailing back-to-back three-balls, the Wolves broke open a tense game on their way to a 48-38 win.

Despite playing with just seven players, and that included a JV ace participating in just her second varsity contest, Coupeville finished the week with a pair of wins.

Now 6-4 after the non-conference victory over South Whidbey, the Wolves are off for a week, not returning to action until they travel to Oak Harbor next Saturday, Jan. 29.

That game is a recent addition to the schedule and will lead into a final three-game stretch of league clashes against Friday Harbor, La Conner, then Friday Harbor again.

The hope is to return as many of the missing players as possible back to the lineup next week, but nothing is set in stone during the Age of Coronavirus.

Saturday marked the return of Izzy and Savina Wells, and the sisters gave Coupeville a big burst of energy — plus a combined 18 points, which is pretty dang nice.

A game between two fairly evenly matched teams, Saturday’s rumble went back and forth for the first 17 minutes or so.

The Falcons got on the board first, thanks to some free throws, while Wolf junior Gwen Gustafson sank the first field goal of the game thanks to a picture-perfect jumper on the move.

The first of a trio of three-balls from Georges pinned Coupeville to an early 5-2 lead, while the Wolves closed the opening quarter with a nice series of plays.

Carolyn Lhamon lowered her shoulder, knocked her defender into the cheap seats, and slapped home a layup, before the Wells sisters turned into the Wonder Twins.

Savina Wells came from behind to soundly reject a Falcon shot, kickstarting a breakaway which finished with Izzy Wells beating the crowd to the hoop at the other end.

Things weren’t going to be easy, however, as a narrow 11-9 lead after one became a 23-23 tie at the half.

There were five ties and five lead changes in the second quarter before Lhamon closed the half by crashing right up the middle, dodging two defenders and lofting in a swooping layup as her mom yelled “Way to go, Tiny!”

That came on the heels of well-executed buckets from Izzy Wells — off of a crisp inbounds pass from Lyla Stuurmans — and one on which Stuurmans rumbled down the baseline, daring any Falcon to stop her as she rampaged to the hoop.

Spoiler: they didn’t.

After exchanging points to open the third, the game hung in the balance, and that’s when Coupeville, to a woman, stepped forward and seized all the momentum.

Lhamon popped a jumper which hit the bottom of the net just as the shot clock buzzer wailed, and that set off a game-busting 7-0 run.

While South Whidbey scratched its way back to 32-29 with the clock ticking down in the third, the Wolves closed on another tear — this one 8-0 — to seal the deal.

Savina Wells, ignoring Falcon benchwarmers trying to ruffle her concentration by drumming on the floor, arched in a pair of free throws, then Georges got deadly.

Her first three-ball beat the shot clock buzzer by .00001 of a second, while also banking in off the glass, while her final trey gave her exactly 200 points as a varsity hoops player.

The fourth quarter was a hotly contested affair, but Coupeville held on, pushing the lead out to 45-31 on a three-ball from Savina Wells, before closing things with a defensive gem.

Georges, who led all scorers with 13 points, scrambled back on defense, cut off an incoming Falcon, firmly planted herself and took a knee to the chest as the ref made the offensive charging call with an emphatic fist punch.

That left the fiery Wolf junior with her biggest grin of the game, one matched by CHS coach Megan Smith.

While she takes considerable pride in her defensive work, Georges also reached an offensive milestone by scoring her 200th point.

She’s the 58th Wolf girl to reach that mark in the history of the CHS girls hoops program, which dates back to 1974.

And Georges wasn’t the only Coupeville player to make some history Saturday, as Izzy Wells and Carolyn Lhamon, who each scored 11, passed the 150 and 100-point marks, respectively.

The elder Wells has 158 and counting, while Lhamon has recorded 102 career points.

Savina Wells dropped in seven points, Gustafson rattled the rim for four, Stuurmans added a bucket, and freshman Mia Farris had a busy day, playing both JV and varsity.

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Jada Heaton brought hustle and energy to the floor Saturday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jada Heaton is a wrecking ball.

And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.

When the Coupeville High School freshman is on the floor for the Wolf JV girls basketball squad, she’s always hustling, always working, always poking balls away and scrambling after rebounds.

That kind of effort, which was also shown by her teammates Saturday afternoon, makes a loss easier to take.

Yes, the young Wolves, who were missing several players including leading scorer Madison McMillan, fell 40-17 to visiting South Whidbey, dropping their record to 2-6.

But the non-conference defeat to their next-door neighbors is tempered a bit by the growth shown by the Wolves.

Coupeville may have played its best ball in the game’s final two minutes — punctuated by Skylar Parker draining a gorgeous bank shot off the glass — and that fierce fight in a game long-since decided is a huge positive.

Give the South Whidbey JV credit.

The Falcons played with crisp precision and picked apart the defense with strong passes.

But the Wolves kept on the attack, even after falling behind 16-5 after one quarter of play.

The visitors scored 12 of those 16 points in the paint, lobbing the ball over the defense, while also yanking down more than their fair share of rebounds.

Coupeville held its own in the second quarter, winning the frame 6-5 behind a pair of buckets from sparkplug Katie Marti and a silky-smooth slash up the middle by Mia Farris.

But the basket refused to play nicely with the Wolves after that, as they were held to just free throws in the second half until Parker made her highlight reel-worthy shot.

Heaton and Co. continued to put out extra energy on defense, however, with Brooklyn Thayer coming up big on the boards.

Marti topped the scorebook for the Wolves with five points, with Thayer (4), Farris (3), Kayla Arnold (2), Parker (2), and Heaton (1) also scoring.

The active Wolf roster was rounded out by Edie Bittner and Reese Wilkinson, with the former getting a big roar from her cheering section after coming up strongly on the defensive end of the floor.

Kayla Arnold lets fly.

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Young fans discuss changes to the middle school girls basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school girls basketball is on the move.

The new season was slated to begin this coming Monday, Jan. 24, but, with the crush of Covid-testing athletes three times a week, the Cascade League has bumped things back.

Now, Coupeville and its league mates begin practice Feb. 14, with the season running during the month of March.

The updated schedule for CMS:

Thurs-Mar. 3 — South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 8 — @Northshore Christian
Thurs-Mar. 10 — @Sultan
Tues-Mar. 15 — @Granite Falls
Thurs-Mar. 17 — King’s
Tues-Mar. 22 — Lakewood
Tues-Mar. 29 — Sultan
Thur-Mar. 31 — @South Whidbey

All home games tip at 3:15 PM, with road contests slated for 3:30 starts.

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Lyla Stuurmans was a terror on defense Thursday as Coupeville shredded Concrete. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re back!

Well, some of them are, and those ones are ready to rumble.

After postponing two games in a row due to Covid protocols, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team returned to action Thursday, though with only six of 12 players in uniform.

Still, the Wolves made it work.

Adding JV warrior Mia Farris to the mix, the Wolves had more than enough firepower to rout visiting Concrete 47-15.

The victory over a rough-and-tumble Lions squad lifts Coupeville to 4-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-4 overall.

It also puts the Wolves a game-and-a-half up on Friday Harbor (2-4 in league) in the battle for a playoff spot.

Coupeville hit the floor Thursday missing three regular starters, and with three of the seven active players just freshmen.

And while Concrete is not an immensely talented team, it is a feisty one.

If by feisty I mean the Lions revive memories of NBA games from the ’80s, when shooters got hacked by all five defenders at the same time, and bodies bounced off the floor on nearly every possession, with the wrecked players left to wallow in their own misery.

Sort of warms my old-school hoops heart.

But what should also make local fans happy is how the Wolves responded, not backing down in the flurry of elbows, knees, and full body slams.

Instead, Coupeville’s undermanned squad hit go on its offense, blitzed Concrete in the open court, and pounded the boards with intensity.

An opportunistic defense, exemplified by Lyla Stuurmans bounding from one end of the floor to the other, and Farris picking off passes like a veteran, revved the motor.

Then the Wolves knocked down their shots with glee.

Carolyn Lhamon opened things by shredding Concrete for seven points in the opening frame, as CHS built a 14-1 lead.

Two of her buckets came on power moves in the paint, but the Wolf junior also got out on the fly, taking a steal the length of the court before slapping home a layup which elicited a whoop from mom Helene.

Maddie Georges got three the hard way, putting a rebound back up and in while being pummeled, while Katie Marti notched her first varsity points off of a slick play.

That dash to the basket started with a Gwen Gustafson steal, followed by Ja’Kenya Hoskins threading the defense with a pass which slid right onto Marti’s hands as she cut through the paint.

Concrete put together its best offensive stand in the second quarter, playing the Wolves to a 9-9 tie across the eight-minute span, but Coupeville blew the game open in the second half.

Stuurmans, who stuffed one Lions shot like she was Dikembe Mutombo in his prime, tickled the twines for a pair of third-quarter jumpers to spark a decisive 11-0 run.

The fab frosh wasn’t done, coming back around late in the game to throw a wicked baseball-style pass which set up a streaking Marti for yet another layup.

In between the razzle and the dazzle, Georges responded to being abused by the Concrete defenders by staring icy daggers at them, before dropping her own wicked elbows when the refs were distracted.

She also netted a pair of softly tumbling three-balls, which kicked the net up with an impudent little flip as they made the numbers on the scoreboard jump.

In a game in which all seven active players scored, Georges (12) and Lhamon (11) led the way for the Wolves, with Gustafson banking in another eight points.

Marti (6), Farris (4), Stuurmans (4), and Hoskins (2) also netted buckets, with the first two of those players recording their first-ever varsity points.

Coupeville is scheduled to play a non-conference game at home Saturday against South Whidbey, then has a week off before finishing the regular season with three league tilts.

Two of those are against Friday Harbor, as the Wolves and Wolverines battle for the #2 playoff seed among NWL 2B schools.

Mia Farris made a strong varsity debut.

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