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   Wolf grad Kailey Kellner scored 11 points Monday while making her first start as a college basketball player. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything but the win.

Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner got her first college basketball start Monday and responded with season-highs in minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals.

But, despite her best efforts, D’Youville College let a close one slip away in the final minutes, falling 66-58 to visiting Wells College.

The non-conference loss, coming in the home opener for Kellner and her Spartans teammates, drops them to 0-4 on the still-young season.

During her first three games playing college ball for the Buffalo, New York-based school, Kellner had come off the bench and earned decent minutes.

That changed Monday when she was inserted into the starting lineup and promptly scored D’Youville’s first six points on a pair of three-balls.

Kellner added a third-quarter layup, coming off of a steal, and a trey late in the game, to break double digits for the first time as a college player.

Her first three games? Eight points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Monday vs. Wells? 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Kellner, who wears #33 in college, played a team-high 33 minutes in her first start.

The game was a back-and-forth fight all night, with D’Youville clinging to a 16-15 lead after one quarter.

The Spartans then busted out on a 10-2 run, sparked by Kellner’s assists, and seemed to be taking command.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Wells fought back to knot things up at 31-31 heading into the break, then inched ahead 47-44 after three quarters.

Kellner’s last trey closed the gap to 50-47, but D’Youville went a bit cold from the field down the stretch and couldn’t fight all the way back.

Wells, which captured its first win in three tries this season, was led by Carley Ryan and Kamarie Maturine, who went for 24 and 22, respectively.

Darian Evans banged away for 17 to join Kellner in giving D’Youville two players in double figures.

The Spartans get the rest of Thanksgiving week off, returning to action with a home game against undefeated Cazenovia College Sunday, Nov. 26.

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   Makana Stone is averaging a team-high 16 points a night through the first three games of her sophomore season at Whitman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call her Ms. Double-Double.

Throwing down like a beast for the second time in as many days, Coupeville grad Makana Stone went for 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday to spark Whitman College to a huge tourney win.

With Stone controlling the paint and freshman Kaelan Shamseldin drilling three-balls from beyond the arc, the Blues bounced Whittier 64-52 in their finale at the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic.

Whitman, which has played without preseason All-American Casey Poe so far, is 2-1 on the season.

A huge key to that success? Stone.

As a freshman, the former Wolf was a starter on a Whitman squad which went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III women’s tourney. As a sophomore, she is fast becoming the focal point of the Blues offense.

Stone has hit double figures scoring in every game (10, 20, 18) and leads Whitman at 16 points a night.

With her 11 boards, which ties her best single-game college performance, she pulls within one carom (27-26) of veteran Emily Rommel for the team lead in that category, as well.

Her shooting has been locked-in from the opening tip of the season, as Stone is hitting 58% (15-26) from the floor and 86% (18-21) from the free-throw line.

She’s #1 on the Blues in free throw percentage and #2 in field goal accuracy.

That last stat is a little skewed, as the only teammate Stone is chasing, Anissia Hughes, has built her 60-58% lead while taking far fewer shots, hitting 6-10 from the floor.

Playing against Whittier, Stone divvied up her points, throwing down six in the first quarter, adding five more in the third, than closing like a champ with seven in the game-clinching fourth.

Her back-to-back double-doubles landed Stone a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Shamseldin, who hit six bombs from three-point land Saturday, added 23 points.

Whitman returns to action next weekend, when it plays in the Kim Evanger Raney Classic Nov. 24-25. The Blues play Walla Walla University and the Evergreen State University.

Killer Kailey hits the floor:

Stone wasn’t the only former Wolf to play in a college basketball game Saturday, as her former teammate, Kailey Kellner, suited up for D’Youville College in New York.

Kellner netted two points off a jumper, while also piling up a rebound, assist and steal as the Spartans fell 56-35 to SUNY-Canton.

D’Youville, which is 0-3 on the season, returns to action Monday with a game against Wells College.

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   Kailey Kellner, seen here during her high school days, drained her first college three-ball Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mark the moment down for posterity.

Two minutes and 57 seconds to play in the third quarter, second game of the season.

Ball goes up. Ball comes down. Splash city.

Kailey Kellner hit a ton of three-balls during her days running the basketball court at Coupeville High School, and now she can say she’s hit a college trey as well.

The D’Youville College freshman swished her first in-game three-ball in a Spartan uniform and finished with six points, one of the few bright spots on a night when Kellner and her teammates fell 80-50 to SUNY-Poly.

The loss, coming in the opening round of the SUNY-Canton Tip-Off Tourney in New York, drops D’Youville to 0-2 on the still-young season.

The Buffalo-based Spartans wrap the two-day event by playing the tourney hosts Saturday afternoon.

Kellner had the second-most minutes of any D’Youville bench player Friday, and she used those 13 minutes well.

She added three free throws to her trey to pile up six points, which was the second-most on the team, trailing just starter Monica June, who went for seven.

After a very-close first quarter which ended with SUNY-Poly clinging to a 20-17 lead, things took a sharp downward turn for the Spartans in the middle two periods.

SP used a 21-5 second quarter surge and a 21-12 run in the third to effectively put the game on ice.

Khristaijah Jackson paced the winning Wildcats, exploding for a game-high 26 on 12-15 shooting from the floor.

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   Makana Stone, seen here in action last season, went for 20 points and 10 rebounds Friday as Whitman rolled to a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There were Leopards in the gym Friday, but only one true beast on the court.

Playing with wild abandon, Coupeville grad Makana Stone had the most dominant game of her already-stellar college basketball career, throwing down 20 points and snatching 10 rebounds to spark Whitman College to a 93-75 win over the University of La Verne.

The victory, coming in the opening round of the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic, evens Whitman’s early-season record at 1-1.

The Blues spring right back into action Saturday, when they play Whittier College to close out the tourney.

Stone, who was a starter as a freshman on a Whitman team which went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III hoops tourney, scorched the nets Friday at a rate not previously seen.

At least at the college level.

Her 20 points, which came on almost-perfect shooting (she finished 6-8 from the floor and 8-8 at the free-throw line), was the most she’s scored as a college player.

Stone’s previous college high was 16 against the University of Puget Sound last season.

After warming up with a four-point, six-rebound first quarter, helping the Blues take a 22-18 lead they would never relinquish, the superb sophomore went off in the third quarter.

Pouring in 10 of her 20 coming out of the halftime break, she accounted for almost a third of Whitman’s 32 third-quarter points.

Stone’s 10 rebounds were just a single carom shy of her college best, as well. She hauled in 11 in a game several times as a freshman.

Whitman, which was without preseason All-American Casey Poe for the second straight game, used its inside strength to annihilate the Leopards of La Verne.

The Blues outrebounded their foes 57-20, with Emily Rommel pulling down 16 to go with her team-high 22 points.

La Verne was led by Clarissa Perez, who netted 29, but needed a ton of shots (12-25 from the floor, 1-6 at the line) to get there.

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   Makana Stone (left) and Kailey Kellner, seen here in their younger days, kicked off new college basketball seasons Wednesday night. (Amy King photo)

And so it begins.

Coupeville High School grads Makana Stone and Kailey Kellner officially began their college basketball seasons Wednesday, though both players may not be totally pleased with the end result.

Kellner, a freshman, made her debut in New York with D’Youville College, playing 11 minutes in a 68-47 loss at Keuka College.

Way, way across the country, in LaGrande, Oregon, Stone and her Whitman College teammates experienced something they rarely dealt with a year ago, falling 73-64 to host Eastern Oregon.

Whitman:

The Blues, coming off of a season in which they fell just short of the NCAA D-III Final Four, entered their opener ranked in the top 10 in both national polls (#6 on D3hoops.com and #9 on WBCA.com).

Wednesday, though, Whitman was playing without senior Casey Poe, a preseason All-American, and a five-point halftime lead melted away under a 27-point third quarter barrage from Eastern Oregon.

While the Blues were taking their first shots of the season, the Mountaineers are already locked in, boasting a 4-1 record prior to tip-off.

Stone, who became a starter midway through last season, did her best to lead the resistance.

She finished with 10 points, tore down a team-high five rebounds, and managed to get a steal and an assist on the same play.

On that one, Stone pilfered the ball, then fed freshman Kaelan Shamseldin, who knocked down one of her four three-balls on the night.

Shamseldin and Maegen Martin tied for team-high honors with 12 points, while Stone, who took Whitman’s first shot of the season (nice trivia fact) scored six of her 10 in the second half.

Whitman, which started 14-0 last season, returns to Washington with back-to-back games on the schedule this weekend.

The Blues are playing in the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic, with games Friday (University of La Verne) and Saturday (Whittier College).

D’Youville:

Kellner, who blossomed into a three-ball shooting sniper in Coupeville after unexpectedly arriving one day from England, is now off on a new adventure in Buffalo.

The Spartan have a 17-player roster, with 15 of those hoop stars hailing from New York.

Then you jump all the way across the USA to Washington state, where Kellner and CeDrice Howard, a sophomore from Curtis High School, form the small, but vital, West Coast arm of the basketball crew.

Getting some quality floor time right out of the gate, Kellner received the ninth-most minutes of any Spartan on opening night.

While she missed both of her shots in her first game, she snagged a rebound and may have begun to shape a second career as an enforcer.

Keuka College, which bolted out to a 43-21 lead at the half and then coasted in for the win, was much more physical, at least on the foul chart.

The KC Wolves out-fouled D’Youville at a 2-to-1 rate all night (26-13 overall), but Kellner was the lone Spartan to slug right back, picking up a team-high three fouls.

Just call her Killer Kailey.

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