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A night after scoring 24 points, Coupeville grad Makana Stone (hand up) torched Montana Tech for 26. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She had quite a weekend.

A day after setting her collegiate high with a 24-point performance in the opener of the Whit Classic in Spokane, Coupeville grad Makana Stone upped the ante.

The Whitman College junior re-busted her career high-water mark Saturday, tossing in 26 points in a wild and woolly 89-87 overtime loss to women’s basketball powerhouse Montana Tech.

Stone and the Blues charged back from a 13-point deficit, then rode two three-balls in the final five seconds of regulation to somehow, against all odds, force extra play.

But there was no cherry on top of the sundae, as Montana Tech pulled out its own miracle finish in overtime, getting a runner in the paint that dropped through with 0:00.3 on the clock.

With Stone handcuffed to the bench after a blind ref fouled her out in OT, all the former Wolf could do was watch from a distance as Mollie Peoples sliced through the Blues defense.

The sophomore nursing student from Butte flicked the ball skywards at the last second, and it hung in the air for an eternity before caressing the glass and plopping home.

Peoples shot, the only field goal she made in six attempts, capped an extraordinary finish to a game where Whitman didn’t hold the lead until 37 of the 40 minutes of regulation had ticked away.

That lead, at 74-72 off a shot by Kaylie McCracken, was short-lived, however.

Montana Tech, which is 7-1 after the non-conference win (Whitman drops to 2-2) rallied right back, going on an 8-2 tear to go up by four with 40 seconds to play.

Even better for the Orediggers, they were headed to the free throw line, with a chance to all but seal the win.

Except neither charity shot would stay in the basket, keeping alive the slimmest of hopes for Whitman, which hurried down court only to get stuck in some serious defensive traffic.

With way too much time having slithered off the clock, the Blues sent up a prayer, and had it answered twice.

First, Mady Burdett splashed home a three-ball with five seconds to go to cut the lead back to 80-79.

Montana Tech, immediately fouled, reverted back to normal and slipped two free throws through the net, requiring Whitman to hit a buzzer-beater if it wanted to keep playing.

Which it promptly did, as Kaelan Shamseldin drilled the bottom out of the net from the right side, her trey sending the Orediggers reeling and the Blues jumping with joy.

After the emotional roller-coaster of the fourth quarter, it seemed like there was no way for overtime to match the same intensity. And yet it did.

Montana Tech went up by four, Stone slashed to the hoop for a bucket to cut the margin back down, then fouls took over.

The refs bounced three major Oredigger front-court players, as well as Stone, in the late going, but both teams struggled to hit their free throws, largely negating the many fouls.

Whitman, even with its top rebounder on the bench, hit the glass hard in the final seconds, turning a third-chance offensive rebound into yet another game-tier at 87-87.

That came with a little over a minute left in OT, setting up a tension-packed, and scoreless, final 60 seconds, until Peoples went and made herself a folk hero to Oredigger Nation.

That the game even went to an extra period was a bit of a surprise, as Montana Tech controlled the game early, running out to a 23-12 lead at the first break.

The Orediggers stretched the margin to 12 at the half, thanks to a miracle shot which benefited greatly from a lack of replay.

A three-ball which looked, on the live broadcast, like it had been launched well after the buzzer sounded, it flopped through and was counted by the refs, despite some howls from the Blues.

Stone kept Whitman in the game early, pouring in 15 of her 26 points in the first half.

She finished the game shooting 9-16 from the floor and a sizzlin’ 8-9 at the free throw line, while also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.

Through four games, the former Wolf has 71 points, 35 rebounds, seven steals, six assists and six blocks.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone set a new personal collegiate record Friday, scoring 24 points in a tourney win in Spokane. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She might already be a lock for the All-Tournament team.


Coupeville grad Makana Stone went off Friday in the opener of the Whit Classic in Spokane, throwing down 24 points and snatching 10 boards to spark the Whitman College women’s basketball team to a 74-62 win over the University of Texas at Tyler.

The win lifts the Blues to 2-1 headed into a second, and final tourney rumble Saturday, when they play Montana Tech.

Playing in the 60th game of her career at Whitman, Stone broke her personal collegiate scoring record, edging out the 23 she tallied last year as a sophomore in a game versus Willamette.

Maybe it’s the Whitworth Fieldhouse in Spokane she loves, or the Whit Classic itself, since the Whidbey native has now scored 77 points across five games in three of these tourneys.

Stone dropped eight and seven points as a freshman, then was named to the All-Tournament team as a sophomore when she knocked down 20 and 18.

This time around, the junior post player jumped on her Texas counterparts quickly, raining down eight points in the first quarter, then slapping home another 10 in the second frame.

Sparked by Stone’s 18-point first half, and some deadly three-point shooting from her teammates, Whitman cruised into the halftime break up 45-23.

Texas rallied a bit after the break, shaving 10 points off its 22-point deficit, but the Blues were never seriously in trouble.

Stone added another six points in the third quarter, wrapping up a strong shooting performance.

She drilled 10 of 14 from the field, and swished all four of her free-throw attempts, while also tossing two steals, an assist and a blocked shot on the stat pile.

The former Wolf standout is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a night this season.

Stone’s stellar performance under the bright lights against Texas raised her career totals to 582 points and 412 boards in a just a hair over two seasons.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone helped Whitman thrash its cross-town rivals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Only 3.2 miles separate Whitman College and Walla Walla University.

The difference between the current skill levels of their women’s basketball teams is a much bigger distance, however.

Powered by Coupeville grad Makana Stone, Whitman made that very clear Wednesday night, rampaging to a 107-33 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the NCAA DIII Blues to 1-1 on the season, while the NAIA Wolves fall to 1-5.

Walla Walla actually led for a bit, holding on to a 3-2 lead until Stone slashed through the paint for a layup at the 7:44 mark of the first period.

After that, it was all Whitman, as the former CHS star added a jumper and another layup as the Blues thundered out to a 25-7 lead at the first break.

If the first quarter seemed one-sided, the second frame was a massacre, as Whitman poured in 35 points in just 10 minutes of action.

Up 60-21 at the break, the Blues went heavily to their bench in the second half, coasting home while giving their starters plenty of rest time.

Playing just 19 minutes, Stone finished with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

She also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Whitman returns to action this weekend, playing at the Whit Classic in Spokane.

The Blues open Friday against the University of Texas at Tyler, then faces Montana Tech Saturday night.

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Former Coupeville athletes Nick Streubel and Madeline Roberts reunite after a Central Washington University football game. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

The Big Hurt is a two-timer.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel earned his second-straight First-Team All-Conference nod Wednesday, as he and 19 of his Central Washington University football teammates were honored.

The Wildcats, who earned a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, but were snubbed when the NCAA DII playoff bracket was revealed, claimed three of the league’s big awards.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the Offensive Player of the Year, guard James Moore was the Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back Michael Roots was the Newcomer of the Year.

Streubel, a red-shirt junior offensive lineman, was a unanimous pick after playing a major role for one of the most-prolific offenses in DII football.

Central, which averaged 47.7 points while going 8-3, rushed for 2,999 yards on the season.

The Wildcats averaged 272.64 rushing yards per game, with two different backs rambling for 1,000+ yards.

Next up for Streubel is the announcement of the All-Region team, where he will be looking to repeat as a First-Team pick.


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Kailey Kellner, here back in her high school days, is a sweet-shooting sophomore at D’Youville College in New York. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kailey Kellner is New York’s modern-day answer to John Havlicek.

Coming off the bench Monday as D’Youville College’s sixth man (or woman), the Coupeville High School grad pulled down almost as many minutes as the other five Spartan bench players combined.

And Kellner used her time well, banking home five points, including her first three-ball of the season, while also snagging four rebounds.

It wasn’t enough to save the D’Youville women’s basketball squad, however, as the Spartans fell 79-63 to visiting Elmira.

The non-conference loss evens Kellner and Co.’s record at 1-1 on the young season.

Like Havlicek, who revolutionized the sixth-man role during his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics, Kellner gave her team a spark when she hit the floor.

The former Wolf sharpshooter logged 15 minutes, while the other five Spartans on the bench Monday combined to play 17 minutes.

Maybe the D’Youville coach should have put Kellner in the game a wee bit quicker.

When she made her first appearance of the night, a minute-and-a-half was gone in the second quarter and the Spartans trailed 29-14.

Less than 12 seconds later Kellner tickled the bottom of the net with a sweet jumper, followed shortly by glomming on to a pair of rebounds.

She also netted her trey during her run on the floor in the second quarter, providing the kind of instant offense D’Youville had trouble mounting the rest of the night.

The Spartans fell behind by 10 after one quarter, watched the margin widen to 14 at the half, then staged a 13-7 run in the third to tighten things up for a moment.

Elmira finished emphatically, however, rolling up a 26-18 advantage down the stretch to notch its first win of the new campaign.

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