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Gwen Gustafson drives hard to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith knocks down two of her team-high 10 points.

Hannah Davidson runs the offense.

Ryanne Knoblich comes in hot.

Avalon Renninger gets tangled up during a battle for a loose ball.

Ella Colwell strolls in for a bucket.

Maddie Georges keeps her rival away from the ball.

The shoes were squeaking, and the camera was clicking.

Wednesday night’s Island rivalry girls basketball showdown between Coupeville and Oak Harbor brought out the big plays, and the bigger cameras.

The photos above are courtesy John Fisken, but are just the tip of what he captured.

To see everything he shot, and maybe purchase some glossies for Christmas presents, pop over to:


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Hannah Davidson, seen in an earlier game, fought hard on the boards Wednesday in a losing cause. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There was a moment Wednesday when it seemed we were set up for a battle royal.

Then, that moment vanished.

Unable to stop Oak Harbor’s bigs, and unable to take advantage of a staggering advantage at the free throw line, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad fell 44-25 to their 3A hosts.

The road loss, coming less than 24 hours after a win at Darrington, evens the Wolves early-season record at 1-1.

After a slow start Wednesday, in which it fell behind 8-0, Coupeville steadied the ship thanks to the combo of Scout Smith and Chelsea Prescott.

Playing smart ball at both ends of the floor, the duo pulled their team back within 12-10 midway through the second quarter and things looked promising.

Smith got the Wolves on the board with back-to-back buckets, one off of a steal and breakaway, the other on a nice dish inside from Izzy Wells set up by a Carolyn Lhamon offensive rebound.

Tack on four free throws from Prescott, the only CHS player able to hit consistently from the charity stripe, then Smith came rolling hard around the left side, slapping a runner off the glass.

Fighting hard on the boards even while facing a distinct height disadvantage — Oak Harbor has five girls between 5’11 and 6’1 while Coupeville has just one — the Wolves were pushing their big-school neighbors.

But then the cracks started to show.

Oak Harbor ended the first half with five straight points to take a 17-10 lead into the locker room, then turned up the heat with a game-deciding 14-5 surge in the third quarter.

After Smith’s bucket midway through the second quarter, Coupeville didn’t hit another field goal until the final play of the third frame, with Avalon Renninger swishing a short jumper off a well-executed in-bounds play.

Oak Harbor’s height proved to be too much, though, most notably on a play where the Wildcats snatched about 37 straight offensive rebounds before Payton Parks slapped home a put-back.

When Parks and Anna Jones weren’t rumbling in the paint, the ‘Cats rode a strong performance from the multi-talented Mikhaela Cortez.

The 5’11 senior went off for a game-high 15 points, scoring inside on quick cuts and layups, and outside, where she drilled the bottom of the net out on a pair of long-range three balls.

Unable to string together back-to-back buckets at any point during the second half, Coupeville couldn’t mount a comeback, though the Wolves did achieve some nice grace notes.

Sophomore Kylie Van Velkinburgh and freshman Nezi Keiper both notched their first varsity buckets in the fourth quarter, with Keiper’s layup coming courtesy of a smartly-delivered set-up pass off the fingers of Anya Leavell.

The young duo are the 228th and 229th Wolf girls to score since the modern-day CHS varsity hoops program began in 1974.

Smith finished with 10 points to pace CHS, Prescott added five, and Renninger, Davidson, Maddie Georges, Keiper, and Van Velkinburgh all finished with two apiece.

Leavell, Wells, Tia Wurzrainer, Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, and Mollie Bailey all saw floor time as Coupeville coach Scott Fox used all 13 players on his roster.

As Coupeville moves on to play Orcas Island at home Saturday, the one Wednesday stat which may haunt them is an 11-27 performance at the free throw line.

Oak Harbor, which rises to 2-0 with the win, finished 8-11 at the charity stripe.

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CHS sophomore Savana Allen tied for team-high scoring honors in Wednesday’s JV basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A short turnaround and a talented foe.

That made for a rough evening Wednesday for the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad.

Back on the court for the second time in less than 24 hours, with both games on the road, the young Wolves fell 37-12 at Oak Harbor.

The non-conference loss to the 3A Wildcats evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1 on the season.

The Wolves now get a bit of time off, from games at least, with the home opener against Orcas Island set for Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday night, CHS stumbled out of the gate, falling behind 12-2 at the first break.

While the Wolves did better in the second and fourth quarters (6-2 and 6-3 deficits), a 13-5 third quarter hurt as well, and they weren’t able to slow down Oak Harbor.

“It was a tough one out there,” said Coupeville coach Megan Smith. “We just couldn’t find our footing and ended up playing Oak Harbor’s game instead of ours.”

While the final score was a bit lopsided, the Wolves had their moments.

“We’ve got some things to work on, but I also saw great things from our girls!,” Smith said. “Savana (Allen) and Ella (Colwell) really stepped up today and that was really fun to watch.”

Allen and Colwell dropped in four points apiece to lead the scoring, Ryanne Knoblich banked home a bucket, and Morgan Stevens and Heidi Meyers each added a free throw.

Gwen Gustafson, Claire Mayne, Lily Leedy, Natalie Castano, Jessenia Camarena, Samantha Streitler, and Alita Blouin also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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Sophomore Izzy Wells knocked down nine points Tuesday as Coupeville’s varsity girls opened the season with a road win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With eight more points, senior Scout Smith moved into a tie for 75th place on the Wolf girls career scoring chart.

New coach, same result.

The last time the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad squared off with Darrington, it was the 2014-2015 season and David King was in the third campaign of what would be a seven-year run at the head of the bench.

Jump forward to Tuesday night, and the Wolves and Loggers got back at it, with new CHS head coach Scott Fox making his debut in the hot seat.

Like his predecessor, the new hoops guru emerged with a win, this time to the tune of 42-35.

The non-conference opening night victory comes against a school Coupeville will play a lot more in the future.

When the Wolves drop from 1A to 2B with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the programs will clash on a regular basis as members of the Northwest League.

With nine of Coupeville’s 13 varsity players underclassmen, including seven who are only freshmen or sophomores, Tuesday’s tilt was a nice primer for the future.

And, playing on the road, the Wolves proved resilient under fire, breaking open a game which was knotted 17-17 at the half.

Coupeville spread the love out in the second half, with eight different Wolves scoring, but two players at different spots in their careers stood tallest.

Sophomore Izzy Wells, moving into the starting lineup for the first time, and senior point guard Scout Smith, combined for 13 of their team’s 25 second-half points.

For the game, Wells led a very-balanced attack, rattling home nine points, while Smith tallied eight and Chelsea Prescott and Maddie Georges notched seven apiece.

Carolyn Lhamon (3), Avalon Renninger (3), Hannah Davidson (2), Audrianna Shaw (2), and Tia Wurzrainer (1) also scored.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Mollie Bailey, Nezi Keiper, and Anya Leavell also played, in a game where five Wolves were making their varsity debut.

CHS is playing three freshmen (Georges, Keiper, and Lhamon), while sophomores Shaw and Van Velkinburgh made the jump from last year’s JV squad.

With a win in the bank, the young Wolves head up the Island Wednesday to face 3A Oak Harbor, then host Orcas Island — another future Northwest League rival — Saturday afternoon.

For Coupeville and its new head coach, it’s win and move on, rinse and repeat.

“I was very happy with the effort,” Fox said. “We need to work some kinks out, but we’re excited for starting out with a win.”

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Gwen Gustafson helped spark the Coupeville JV to a come-from-behind win on opening night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Third quarter for the win.

Bouncing back from a seven-point halftime deficit, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad blew the doors off the gym in the second half Tuesday.

Sparked by a 19-4 run in the third frame, which accounted for half their points on the night, the Wolves held off host Darrington 38-34.

The non-conference victory, coming on opening night, was the first at the high school level for new JV coach Megan Smith.

The #4 scorer in Wolf girls varsity basketball history, the 2010 CHS grad bounced up from a middle school coaching gig to replace the retired Amy King.

One game in, things are looking good for Smith and her young squad.

“We started out pretty flat, but came out swinging in the second half!,” Smith said. “I’m very proud of our girls, how we played, and how we handled ourselves in adversity.

“A pretty solid way to start out the season, and excited to see where we go from here!”

Playing after the varsity Tuesday night, the Wolf JV fell behind early, trailing 13-8 after one quarter and 19-12 at the half.

At that point, Coupeville had hit just a single basket from the field, thanks to freshman Gwen Gustafson, with the rest of its points coming at the free throw stripe.

The third quarter was a different story, however, as Gustafson and fellow fab frosh Alita Blouin lit up Darrington, combining for 14 points in the frame.

Blouin tossed in nine of her 11 in the third, including hitting a three-pointer, while Gustafson netted five of her team-best 12.

CHS got scoring from all directions, with Ryanne Knoblich banking home four of her six points in the quarter, and Ella Colwell slipping a free throw through the net to round out the offensive explosion.

Samantha Streitler, Morgan Stevens and Colwell finished with two points apiece, while Jessenia Camarena chipped in with three.

Whether they scored or not, all 11 girls in uniform had strong performances.

Heidi Meyers, Natalie Castano, Lily Leedy, and Savana Allen also saw floor time for Coupeville, which returns to action Wednesday with a game at Oak Harbor.

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