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   Mia Littlejohn, who scored a school-record 27 goals last season, is transferring to Garfield for her senior season. (John Fisken photos)

   Littlejohn, a bulldog on the basketball court, was a two-time First-Team All-League pick.

The sisterhood is breaking up.

On the field, that is, not off the field.

Mia Littlejohn, who shattered Coupeville High School’s single-season soccer scoring record last year, is transferring to Garfield for her senior year.

Younger sister Kalia, a high-scoring soccer sensation herself, is remaining a Wolf and will be a junior at CHS this fall.

The older sister torched the nets for 27 goals as a junior, besting Abraham Leyva’s previous standard of 20, and was honored as Co-MVP by Olympic League coaches.

Led by Mia’s fiery attacks on the goal, Coupeville finished 8-7-1 overall, 6-3 in league play. Runner-ups to Klahowya, the Wolves set a program record for wins.

Littlejohn was a two-sport standout for the Wolves, running the point for the girls basketball squad.

A three-year letter winner and two-time First-Team All-League player as a hoops star, Mia never lost a league game during her time on the high school basketball court.

Coupeville’s girls are 27-0 in their three years in the conference, with Littlejohn’s pinpoint passes and swooping drives to the bucket a big part of their success.

While she won’t be playing for the Wolves anymore, Mia plans to stay in tune with how her lil’ sis and former teammates are doing.

“I’ll come visit for games, for sure,” Littlejohn said.

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   While waiting for the ferry back home after summer hoops camp, Mikayla Elfrank goes for a little stroll. (Amy King photo)

Summer basketball camp is about far more than wins and losses.

Take a look at the previous article and you’ll get a rundown of how the Coupeville High School girls squad did (scores, stats, etc.) on the court at a recent four-day jaunt to Ocean Shores.

For this story, we turn the mic over to CHS assistant coach/team mom Amy King, for her thoughts on what the camp meant to the players and coaches in terms of intangibles.

We had a kind of strange mix of girls but they all did very well together.

The first part of creating team is to divide the girls into rooms with others they may not really know.

It forces a communication that otherwise may never be there.

The girls in each room had to come up with a cool door poster – something fun and creative. Work together in who they are.

Next, David (King) is mentioning a chip – we were at a coaches clinic a few weeks back and this was a great idea that we really wanted to try.

Each side has a theme to it (on one side the name of someone who inspires them, on the other a word which describes the player), so we broke up each side onto different nights.

The girls listened to what we were saying and really put thought into it.

Every one could ask any player or coach what their chip represented to them.

Their explanations for their chip were well thought out, nicely explained and meant a lot to each of us.

The other side was done as well as the first.

Just listening to each girl with their process and answers were very touching and made us so happy to have decided on this particular exercise.

Our beach time — this year it was actually very windy and cold but we had a time slot in between games and took it.

The teams were five girls on each team. Their task? Work together to build a great sand sculpture.

Oh, and we threw in a few surprises this year — one team got a pack of dinosaurs and the other, barn animals. Oh, and two characters to try and fit in.

The girls threw themselves into their work, running around the beach looking for shells or wood to add to their sculptures.

Both unique and impressive in their own way. Each with a story behind it.

This year we established “Story Time with Coach King,” just little stories to give the team something else to think about.

The first story was Mr. King and Mongoose Mentality. It was based on how all these little mongooses come together to defeat the cobra.

The next day was Mrs. King and an original story in poem format, recapturing a playoff game she was a part of — the emotions before, during and after.

Basically talking about holding each other and yourself accountable for your own game.

Aside from all of this, we had spotlighting after each game (each player pointing out one positive from the game to a teammate).

After this we threw a new wrench in — self awareness. Say one thing that you did well.

Talk about difficult. We found it was not easy for the girls to tell themselves they did something well.

That was a whole other discussion, but after the first few times, they did get better.

The coaches and our one crazy fan (Sherry Roberts) participated in all.

From this, to the games, the camp was definitely a success.

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   Ten Wolves made the trek to Ocean Shores for a four-day summer hoops camp. (Amy King photo)

Survive and thrive.

Coupeville High School girls basketball coach David King did just that last week, joining with wife Amy and #1 fan Sherry Roberts to guide 10 players through 10 games over four action-packed days at a summer hoops camp in Ocean Shores.

The annual trip offers non-stop court action (the Wolves played as early as 9 AM and tipped one game at 10:45 PM), plus a chance to work on behind the scenes bonding and learning.

It’s a trip the round-ball guru sees as invaluable for those who take advantage.

“We play to win, however we believe camp is so much more than that,” King said. “We have team bonding (beach time, in between and late night talks), new players to get up to speed, players playing in new positions, trying out new offensive and defensive sets.

“We also want the players to push themselves out of their comfort zone and expand their games,” he added. “With those being our goals and purpose for camp, we got better as individuals and as a team! A very successful camp.”

Coupeville split its ten games (nine varsity, one JV), bouncing Wahluke, Onalaska, PS Advent, Concrete and Adna’s JV squad.

In many of the wins, it was strong play after the break which tipped the scales in favor of the Wolves.

“We seemed to be a better second-half team,” King said. “We outscored the other team or played even in some of our losses. And in some of our wins we came back from a deficit to win.”

The most impressive rally came against Wahluke, with the Wolves charging from 12 points down in the game’s final four minutes to win a 28-27 thriller.

“Helped by a halftime speech from Coach Amy, the players dug deep and turned up the defensive pressure,” David King said. “We pressed, played great half-court defense and scored on our fast breaks.”

Even in tough losses to top-level teams, the CHS coaches came away happy with their player’s efforts and attitudes.

“Those games were as impressive for us as our one-point win,” King said. “The players never quit.

“We saw multiple players take huge strides in their confidence and increase their skill set.”

Coupeville ran its offense very efficiently, something King preaches.

“One of the proudest moments I had, on multiple occasions, was in our offense,” he said. “We always talk about making that one extra pass, on the fast break or in our half-court offense. Over the four days we saw this almost every game.

“We saw each player play for the other players. In the past that’s not always been the case,” King added. “Each player did step out of their comfort areas and did things that we knew they could, but they weren’t too sure about.”

Six Wolves scored in double figures during the tourney, led by Lindsey Roberts, who knocked down 45, and Kyla Briscoe, who torched the nets for 39.

Roberts led the squad with 67 rebounds, while Mikayla Elfrank paced CHS in steals (20) and blocks (five).

Some thoughts from the coach on each of the Wolves who made the trip:

Tia Wurzrainer:

Had a very successful camp that she can build off of.

We saw her diving in for rebounds, with one being an offensive rebound put-back. She also put the ball on the floor and drove for a layup attempt.

Her defense in our 1-2-2 zone was something to see!

Mikayla Elfrank:

Was unable to play on Monday (recovering from wisdom teeth being pulled). But the energy and effort she brought the other three days picked up our team.

One area Mikayla and I talk about is playing in control. This camp we saw improvement in her game in this area.

Mollie Bailey:

As each day passed became more comfortable handling the ball and improved on her defense.

Playing in a varsity setting against older girls she held down the PG position when we had her there.

She also looked for her shot; this is something I wanted her to work on.

Avalon Renninger:

Played about every position there is.

She was able to pull up and shoot her jumper off the dribble. She gained confidence in her half-court decision making abilities.

Seeing Avalon make a mistake, then quickly recognizing it on her own and making the necessary adjustments was exciting to witness.

Hannah Davidson:

After not playing since her last game in early Dec., brought energy every time she stepped on the court, along with off the court!

She fit right in, picked up our new plays and quickly had our old plays down. She just needs more court time and her game will take off.

Genna Wright:

Brought hustle and grit. Her confidence increased with each game.

During one game she had the ball on the baseline and confidently backed her defender down into the low block and got a shot off. Not many young players would do that.

Kyla Briscoe:

Helped with steady play from the point guard position. She didn’t stop there, she played in the post and on the wing.

Kyla impressed all camp with looking for her shot and actually taking it. She drove with a purpose and knocked down many outside shots.

Nicole Lester:

Coming to camp was beneficial for her. This was her first team camp and she represented Coupeville well.

Almost daily she would ask what she should work on for the upcoming game. We also talked about her playing at times with finesse on the offensive end.

She wants to be the best she can and camp showed that she is willing to ask for help and then apply the feedback in a game.

Scout Smith:

Came in with the most experience as a point guard.

The main thing I asked of her to work on was to be a leader on the court. Be confident and a coach for the others on the court when she’s out there.

I can say, she did that and did it very well. Offensively she drove the lane with a purpose and had multiple runners that dropped.

Lindsey Roberts:

Stepped up as a leader. She like many others played multiple positions, even PG (last year I would have gotten the Lindsey stare).

As always, her defense is second to none.

Her offense took big strides for the positive. At times she slowed herself down before making a basketball play. When open she shot her jumper, and when appropriate she drove.

The drive is something that will improve her game in the long run.

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Wolves fear no sharks. (Photos courtesy David and Amy King)

   CHS junior Lindsey Roberts, back at summer hoops camp, gets reacquainted with an old friend.

   With multiple games across four days, this was one of the few times the Wolves were sitting still.

Exhaustion (at least for CHS coach Amy King) sets in as she waits for pizza.

Everyone gets an update on their phone at the same time — pizza is here.

   David and Amy King, coaches, tour guides and fashion stars (thanks to this year’s snazzy camp t-shirts).

Cue the “Brady Bunch” theme.

   Wolves (l to r) Roberts, Mikayla Elfrank and Kyla Briscoe are just happy to be here.

Two more days, a ton more photos.

A pack of Coupeville High School girls basketball hoops players wrapped up a four-day stay at summer camp in Ocean Shores Thursday and headed home.

We’ll have a complete recap of the on-court action Sunday, but, until then, here’s some photos from days #3 and #4.

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   Wolf basketball mom Sherry Roberts enjoys a warm beverage on a cold day at the beach. (Amy King photos)

CHS coach David King fires up the troops.

The beach awaits.

Sand castle fever rages.

Welcome to … Jurassic Park.

The wrecking crew.

Putting in the (sandy) work.

   A flashback to departure day, as the Wolves get in the right mood for ferry-riding duty.

Double duty.

The lure of the hardwood, and the lure of (cold) beaches, vied for prominence during the first two days of the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball team’s annual trip to Ocean Shores.

After putting in time on the court, the 10 Wolves in attendance at the four-day summer camp (which runs through Thursday) hit the sandy beaches for some bonding time.

The photos above are courtesy CHS coach Amy King.

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