Archive for the ‘Girls Basketball’ Category

   Lily Leedy was a defensive dynamo Monday, constantly disrupting Sequim’s offensive flow. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The fans got their money’s worth.

Coupeville and Sequim played three middle school girls basketball games Monday, and two of them came down to the final shot.

Unfortunately, for the Wolves, the visitors pulled out both of those bouts by the narrowest of margins, while CMS rebounded to romp to a win in game three.

The games were the home finale for Coupeville, which closes on the road next week against Blue Heron and Forks.

8th grade varsity:

The first time these schools met this season, Coupeville absorbed a rare blow-out loss, falling by 26.

This time around the Wolves mounted a ferocious second-half comeback, riding the hot shooting touch of Anya Leavell, but couldn’t make it all the way back.

A 13-3 fourth quarter run by CMS, with Leavell torching the nets for 10 of those points, cut the margin to 36-33, but Sequim held on thanks only to the clock running out.

While his team suffered a loss, dropping them to 4-4 on the season, Coupeville coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh walked away proud of his player’s inner fire.

“They stood tall and played really, really well in the second half,” he said. “We turned off their offense in the second half and gave ourselves a chance to win. Really good to see.”

Sequim jumped out to a 10-5 lead after one quarter, then stretched it to 24-12 at the break, but the second half was a different story.

With Kylie Van Velkinburgh taking the lead and clamping down on the visitor’s top shooter, Coupeville suffocated Sequim down the stretch.

Leavell took advantage, dropping a long three-ball to kick off the rally in the third, then pouring in buckets left and right in the fourth.

She finished with a game-high 17, while Audrianna Shaw (6), Ella Colwell (5), Izzy Wells (3) and Ja’Kenya Hoskins (3) rounded out the Wolf attack.

While praising his entire team, Dustin Van Velkinburgh offered a shout-out to Colwell, who “was in there fighting and had her best game of the season.”

7th grade varsity:

As wild as you can imagine, and then some.

In a game of epic mood swings, big three-balls and bodies frequently crashing to the floor, free throws decided the fate of the world in a 42-41 Sequim win in overtime.

The loss dropped Coupeville’s young guns to 6-2, with both defeats coming at the hands of the same team.

In a game where the Wolves trailed by nine at the half, then led by six with 90 seconds to play, Sequim found a way to win thanks to #15, a tall, very talented young woman who plays like a young Dirk Nowitzki.

Identified in the book by just her first name, Kendall, she could do it all – handle the ball, run the offense, hit the boards, be disruptive on defense, swish free throws without making the net move, and, this is the biggie, drill the three-ball.

Her biggest one, coming right after a Gwen Gustafson free throw pushed Coupeville’s lead to 36-33, tied the game and punched a hole right through the heart of Wolf Nation.

Did her foot drag across the line? That’s certainly arguable, but, instead of blaming a ref with a bad angle, give Kendall credit.

She wanted the shot, she took the shot, she made the shot.

Coupeville still had a chance to win in regulation, but couldn’t get the ball to drop, and once in overtime, neither team could hit a field goal.

Instead, the extra period was a rough-and-tumble affair filled with whistles and free throws, as all 11 points scored came at the charity stripe.

Alita Blouin, Nezi Keiper and Carolyn Lhamon combined to drain five freebies, but Sequim, which had made just five free throws in regulation, topped that in overtime.

Coupeville finished with a 20-11 advantage on made free throws, with Blouin draining nine.

The game took wild swings, with the Wolves jumping out to a 7-3 lead behind back-to-back buckets from Gustafson, before Kendall and Co. started rolling.

An 11-0 run gave Sequim the lead, and CMS failed to hit a field goal for the final 12 minutes of the first half.

Still, with Blouin driving hard to the hoop, then converting her free throws, the Wolves were somehow just in a single-digit deficit at 18-9 heading into the break.

Cue the madness that was the third quarter.

Maddie Georges broke Coupeville’s long cold streak from the field, draining a jumper from the right corner, and Coupeville was off on an 8-0 run.

Two steals from Kendall and Sequim countered with a 6-0 surge.

Coupeville’s answer?

Gustafson going nuclear, torching the nets for eight points, including two long treys, as CMS threw down 14 straight in a surge that started in the third and ended in the fourth.

Sequim finally stopped the bleeding, thanks to five points (a pair of free throws and a three-ball) from Kendall, but Georges answered with a bomb of her own from behind the arc.

It wasn’t to be, though, as the visitors used a runner in the paint and two free throws to set up the game-tying trey.

Which, again, probably should have been worth two points.

And yet, dang it, gotta give the kid credit for having ice water in her veins.

Gustafson paced Coupeville with 14, while Blouin popped for 11, Georges and Lhamon knocked down seven apiece and Keiper had two.

7th/8th grade JV:

Coupeville didn’t score for the first eight minutes-plus, and still won, riding a big second-half performance from Abby Mulholland en route to snaring an 18-10 win.

The Wolves couldn’t get a thing to drop in the first quarter, but Lily Leedy lit a fuse a few seconds into the second quarter and CMS was off and running.

The speedy ball-hawk knocked down a quick pair of buckets off of steals to knot things at 4-4, then Adrian Burrows gave Coupeville a lead it would never relinquish when she drained a pair of free throws.

While the first half was a low-scoring affair, things got a little spicier after the break, with Mulholland banging down five straight shots.

Two buckets came off of feeds from Leedy, and the capper came courtesy of a rebound and put-back.

Burrows added her own basket off a rebound to close the game and she and Leedy each finished with four points to back up Mulholland’s 10-point barrage.

While they didn’t score, Claire Mayne and Angelina Gebhard had a considerable impact on the game, as the duo were at the forefront of battles for loose balls, terrorizing Sequim’s ball-handlers all game.

Read Full Post »

   Hayley Fiedler and the CMS 7th graders pounded on Stevens Thursday, running their record to 6-1. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Farewell, Captain Ponytail, you won’t be missed.

Stevens Middle School basketball, and its passive-aggressive coach, who never met an early exit he couldn’t ankle to, made their final visit to Coupeville’s gym Thursday.

As befits a momentous moment such as this, the day had everything, from an electrifying win by the Wolf 7th graders to an 8th grade game which ended in confusion way, way earlier than was necessary.

There will be many positives about Coupeville’s move from the Olympic League to the new North Sound Conference this fall.

The greatest of them all, though, will probably be this — no more Stevens, no how, no way.

8th grade:

Stevens is a ginormous middle school which feeds mega-sized 2A Port Angeles, and their older hoops squad is essentially an AAU team transported to the world of middle school sports.

So, the fact the visitors grabbed a 28-9 win in a game which lasted for essentially two-and-a-half quarters is not a surprise.

While the loss dropped CMS to 4-3 on the season, the Wolves got stronger as the game played out.

Down 17-0 at one point, the Wolves finally broke through when Anya Leavell banged down low for a hard-earned bucket.

With Coupeville switching from a zone to a man defense, it played Stevens essentially even in the second half of the game.

Leavell, channeling the red-hot Damian Lillard, added a three-point bomb from the right side, Kylie Van Velkinburgh knocked down a bank shot and the visitors scored on the wrong basket to round out the scoring.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who was hit hard on almost every play, was a one-woman wrecking crew, braids swinging madly as she fought on the boards and the floor.

Matching her teammate’s intensity and passion, Kiara Contreras, while shielded from the ref’s view, dropped a wicked, WWE-approved elbow on a pushy rival.

The game got weird, in a totally expected way, when Stevens coach pulled his favorite move for the 275th time.

Insisting he and his team had to catch the 6:00 ferry off The Rock, and would die if they had to wait until the 7:30 or 9:10 sailings, Captain Ponytail talked the refs into abandoning the normal second-half set-up of two eight-minute quarters.

In their place, the teams played a 10-minute second half with a running clock.

And I do mean a running clock…

It properly lurched to a stop when Coupeville called a solitary 30-second timeout, but that lasted all of 1.4 seconds, thanks to the mumbly badgering of the refs by the Stevens coach.

Cause, you know, when you’re traveling 3.5 miles on a wide-open road on a sleepy Thursday, to catch a ferry you have a reservation for, leaving at 5:27 PM instead of 5:30 PM makes all the difference…

But, it was kind of perfect.

Coupeville, which almost always catches the final ferry home from EVERY road trip, being stiffed one last time by a school which always acts as if it’s doing us a grand favor even playing “the hicks from the sticks.”

I’d tell them not to let the door hit them where the good lord split them, but … yeah, I know … they left 20 minutes ago.

7th grade:

This, instead, is how the Wolf faithful will remember Stevens — getting their fannies kicked, good and solidly.

Coupeville’s young guns, a scrappy, ball-hawking bunch who take no guff from no one, scorched the visitors 36-21 to sweep the season series and improve to 6-1.

The Wolves get a chance to avenge that one loss this Monday, Mar. 19, when Sequim arrives on Whidbey for a rematch.

Facing off with an aggressive Stevens squad, CMS refused to back down, seizing the lead midway through the first quarter and never relinquishing it.

Maddie Georges slipped a pair of free throws through the net — a small segment of the 10 charity shots she nailed during the game — to lift the Wolves to a 5-4 lead.

Moments later Gwen Gustafson stopped ‘n popped on a short runner, then Alita Blouin sent the Wolf fans through the roof.

Snagging an in-bounds pass and evading her defender in one smooth move, “The Assassin” hit nothing but the bottom of the net on a buzzer-beater, with the ball dropping through the twines as the alarm blared and her fan club went bonkers.

Up 9-4 after one, Coupeville used runs at the end of both the second and third quarters to blunt any hopes Stevens had of mounting a comeback.

Despite going nearly 10 minutes without hitting a field goal — a dry period which covered most of the second quarter and a hunk of the third — the Wolves never lost the lead.

With Georges nailing free throws and Coupeville’s defense clamping down big-time, CMS was still up 16-14 when the Wolves found their game-closing spark.

The subsequent 17-5 run, which stretched the lead to 14 points at the end of the third, was capped when Gustafson beat the clock, slid between two defenders and drained a buzzer-beater of her own on a short jumper in the paint.

The one girl who might have stopped Gustafson is still counting her teeth, after she ran into a note-perfect screen from Georges, who skidded to a halt, braced herself, and absorbed the blow.

The collision launched the Stevens defender off her feet and carried her halfway across the gym, rattled windows in homes two miles away, and anointed Georges, a slick-dribbling dynamo, with a new nickname, at least for one afternoon.

Say hello to “The Wall.”

The young woman usually referred to as “Mad Dog” paced CMS with a game-high 12, while Blouin banked in 11, Gustafson scorched the nets for six and Carolyn Lhamon knocked down four.

Allie Lucero dropped in a bucket on a nice turnaround shot in the paint, while Nezi Keiper sank a free throw to round out the scoring.

Keiper also had a nifty steal and feed to Gustafson during the game-busting run, while Jessenia Camarena raced back on defense late in the game, then elevated and spiked a Stevens shot into the cheap seats for a beautiful block.

Read Full Post »

   Audrianna Shaw singed the nets for 15 points Monday, as both CMS girls hoops squads thrashed Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The mission was simple – get in, put down a beatin’, get out.

Mission accomplished.

Both Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams rolled to blowout wins Monday, thrashing host Chimacum quickly and efficiently.

The Wolf 7th graders cruised to a 40-7 rout, upping their record to 5-1 on the season, while the CMS 8th graders improved to 4-2 after collecting a 41-12 victory.

Both squads will get a much bigger test Thursday, when they return home to face Stevens, a ginormous middle school from Port Angeles.

The first time the two schools faced this season they split games, with Coupeville’s 7th graders and Stevens’ 8th graders coming out on top.

Monday afternoon was a romp from start to finish, with the Wolves getting 15 players in the scoring column.

7th grade:

Coupeville dominated in the paint, with Carolyn Lhamon going off for 14 and Nezi Keiper banging home a season-high 11.

Maddie Georges (8), Gwen Gustafson (2), Alita Blouin (2), Jessenia Camarena (2) and Adrian Burrows (1) rounded out the Wolf offensive attack.

8th grade:

Runnin’ and gunnin’, Audrianna Shaw outscored Chimacum by herself, slapping home 15 points with a variety of slick moves and killer finishes.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins swished eight, Anya Leavell torched the nets for six and Kiara Contreras banked in four to back their leader up.

Also scratching their names in the scoring column were Ella Colwell (3), Lily Leedy (2), Abby Mulholland (2) and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (1).

Read Full Post »

   Alita “The Assassin” Blouin knocked down nine points Wednesday, launching the CMS 7th grade girls to a huge win in Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She shoots to kill.

Alita “The Assassin” Blouin is coming for all your basketball trophies. All of them, I said!

The Coupeville Middle School 7th grader, who plays with an admirable chip on her shoulder, is one of three well-seasoned Wolf guards who attack other teams relentlessly on the court.

That pays off on both ends of the floor, and Wednesday was a prime example, as Blouin and Co. went to Port Angeles and stunned ginormous Stevens 32-23.

The win over a middle school which feeds a very-large 2A high school lifts the CMS 7th grade varsity to a sweet 4-1 record at the halfway point of the season.

And, while it was the lone victory in four games for the Wolves, all of Coupeville’s squads played strongly against a much-bigger rival.

8th grade:

Stevens older teams are jammed full of AAU-trained warriors, many of whom could probably already play for Port Angeles High School, so the scores were a bit lop-sided.

The Wolf 8th grade varsity fell 56-16, while the JV lost 32-8.

“We played hard, competed on the defensive end of the floor, but they are really really good,” said CMS coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh.

“Not a game you come away from being upset,” he added. “Those girls have put in the time and it shows on the court.”

Coupeville’s 8th grade varsity sits at 3-2 as it heads into the second stretch of games.

Defensive dynamo Kylie Van Velkinburgh paced the Wolves with a season-high six points, all in the fourth quarter, while five of her teammates chipped in with a bucket apiece.

Kiara Contreras, Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Anya Leavell all found the bottom of the net on one of their shots.

On the JV side, Lily Leedy and Alana Mihill banked home four points apiece to account for the scoring.

7th grade:

Blouin and her buddies overcame some questionable on-the-road reffing to pull out their win, while the CMS JV hung tough in a narrow 26-21 loss.

The Wolf varsity spread its scoring out across the roster, with Blouin (9), Carolyn Lhamon (7), Maddie Georges (6), Gwen Gustafson (4), Nezi Keiper (2), Hayley Fiedler (2) and Allie Lucero (2) all raining down points.

For the JV squad, Claire Mayne was on fire, banking in nine to pace the Wolves.

Jessenia Camarena added seven, with Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson (2), Kristina McGrath (2) and Abigail Ramirez (1) also scratching their names into the record book.

Read Full Post »

   Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson and her Coupeville Middle School teammates swept three games Monday from Blue Heron. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beat-down, in three beautifully-played acts.

Dropping the hammer with a vengeance Monday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads drilled visiting Blue Heron, sweeping three games by a combined score of 112-20.

Now, it could have been much, much worse, but Wolf coaches Dustin Van Velkinburgh and Alex Evans did their best to balance rolling to a win with not unnecessarily embarrassing their foes.

Both varsity teams cruised to wins, with the CMS 8th graders winning 43-6 and the 7th graders coming within a single shot of a shutout, romping to a 48-2 rout.

The victories lifted both squads to 3-1 on the season headed into a huge showdown Wednesday in Port Angeles against ginormous Stevens Middle School.

In the one semi-close game, the Wolf 7th grade JV prevailed 21-12, while there was no 8th grade JV action as Blue Heron didn’t have the bodies.

8th grade varsity:

One play. It was over in one play.

Busting through a pair of Blue Heron players, Audrianna Shaw knocked the ball free, plucked it from mid-air, then beat nine other players down the floor, slapping home a game-ending layup with emphasis.

And yes, there were still 31 minutes and 40 seconds to play, but the game was over.

It was all gravy after Shaw’s opening play, as the Wolves bolted out to a 19-0 lead and only surrendered a single basket in the first two-and-a-half quarters.

Many of Coupeville’s scores came off of steals or outlet passes after rebounds, with CMS attacking relentlessly, no matter which combo of players Van Velkinburgh had on the floor.

The Wolves also showed a flair for the set-up pass, each player taking turns feeding whatever teammate broke free, then often getting the favor returned.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins dropped a long pass right onto Shaw’s fingertips, hitting her running mate in full stride, then immediately got the ball back on the next play, with Kylie Van Velkinburgh feeding Hoskins on a silky dish.

Shaw had the two plays which probably earned the biggest roar from the crowd.

On one, she went right, then spun left, shed her defender as she crashed into the paint, then spun the ball up and in for a bucket.

Not content to stop there, Shaw drained the game’s lone three-ball, and, to put a twist in it, she opted to bank the ball high off the backboard while going to her right.

Did she call “glass?”

Maybe, maybe not, but the shot earned much hootin’ and hollerin’ from the three-ball-loving CMS boys basketball players camped out in the bleachers.

Everyone in a Wolf uniform was on point, with Kiara Contreras jumping from a sweet roller in the paint to knocking down a mid-range jumper, Ella Colwell dominating on the boards and Izzy Wells being her normal calm, yet ruthless self.

Wells didn’t do anything fancy, just casually banked home bucket after bucket, including one layup off a great pass from Abby Mulholland, drained her free throws and finished with a game-high 18 points.

So, just another day at the office for the low-key scoring ace.

Shaw knocked down 13 to back Wells, while Contreras and Hoskins each went for six.

Anya Leavell, Lily Leedy, Angelina Gebhard, Katelin McCormick and Alana Mihill also saw floor time, with Leavell launching a one-woman crime spree with a series of steals.

7th grade varsity:

Ponder this.

Middle school basketball games are 32 minutes long, and the Wolves held Blue Heron scoreless for 30:36.

Up 48-0, with eight different players having scored, the Wolves let one lonely bucket slip through in the dying moments of the fourth quarter, and that was it.

There was no part of the game Coupeville’s starters didn’t dominate, from pesky, persistent guards Alita Blouin, Gwen Gustafson and Maddie Georges repeatedly forcing turnovers to inside bangers Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper grabbing every single rebound.

And things didn’t change with the second unit, as Trinity McGee, Jordyn Rogers, Hayley Fiedler and the battlin’ Lucero twins, Allie and Maya, scorched Blue Heron every moment they were on the floor.

The game’s most picture-perfect play came early.

Up just 4-0, Gustafson drove inside, then waited until the last possible moment and threaded a truly magnificent wraparound pass.

The ball slid behind the Blue Heron defender, caught hardwood perfectly and snapped onto the waiting fingertips of Lhamon, who caught the ball and went right up for the lay-in, prompting Gustafson to nod, smile slightly and immediately sprint back to play defense.

So, probably exactly the way their coach, former Wolf bombardier Alex Evans, drew it up. Or, at least that’s his story.

Gustafson, evoking memories of big sis Amanda Fabrizi, had an especially strong game, driving the baseline on one play, then weaving between defenders to drain a soft jumper.

Later she ripped a rebound free from a girl she gave up several inches to, and converted the freebie into a put-back for two, then dropped a tear drop jumper from the left corner on yet another play.

Her running mates were just as effective, especially Lhamon, who went off for a game-high 14.

A beast on defense, she got out and ran the floor aggressively on almost every play, and many of her buckets came off winning a foot race and hauling in outlet passes from her ball-handlers.

Coupeville spread out the rest of its offense, with Blouin, Gustafson and Georges scoring eight apiece in perfect symmetry.

Keiper added four, and picked up a great assist with a hook pass in the paint to Lhamon, while Maya Lucero, McGee and the rampaging Rogers — who forced a string of turnovers — each picked up a basket.

7th grade JV:

Up 10-5 at the break, Coupeville busted the game open with an 8-2 run in the third quarter and never looked back.

Cristina McGrath knocked down a team-high five points, while McGee, Jessenia Camarena and Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson chipped in with four apiece.

Claire Mayne and Karyme Castro added two points each, with Mayne tickling the twines on a pair of free throws, with Adrian Burrows, Hannah Mayne and Abigail Ramirez also seeing floor time for the Wolves.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »