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Hannah Davidson banked in five points Saturday, helping Coupeville’s varsity collect its 10th win of the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Best start in program history.

With one caveat, that is.

Bouncing back from an early deficit Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball team pulled out a close win on the road in Port Townsend.

The 34-28 non-conference triumph lifts the Wolves to 10-4 on the season, with three regular season games left to play.

Coupeville travels to King’s Tuesday, then hosts Granite Falls and South Whidbey, before plunging into the playoffs.

While the 10-4 record is sweet, the Wolves, with a little help from everyone stretching their imaginations, can lay claim to the best start by a CHS girls hoops team.

Coupeville was 6-1, matching the 2009-2010 Wolves, when they were originally scheduled to play Port Townsend back in December.

High winds and skittish ferry captains bumped that game off the schedule, however, and Coupeville fell to Nooksack Valley in their next contest.

But if we take Saturday’s rescheduled game and count the win as if it happened back when the bout was first set to happen, boom, 7-1, baby.

At least that’s how CHS coach Scott Fox would like to look at it.

“Technically speaking, we’ll put an asterisk next to this game and beat the record!! Just saying!!,” he chuckled.

No matter how we count the win, getting back on the ferry with a W was all that mattered.

On a night when Wolf senior Hannah Davidson was whacked hard enough in the face to draw blood, Coupeville had to scramble to find a way to get out of town in one piece.

“They were up on us all game, much better than we expected,” Fox said. “We went down early, then fought back to take the lead with some timely shooting.”

Freshman Maddie Georges, who has been dropping daggers of late, knocked down a pair of three-balls in the opening quarter, keeping Coupeville within 12-10 at the first break.

After that, her veteran counterpart at point guard, senior Scout Smith, stepped up with six points in the next frame, and the Wolves turned things (slightly) to their advantage.

Up 17-15 at the half, CHS was clinging to a 26-25 lead headed into the fourth, then hit big shots in the final moments to ice the win.

Georges finished with a team-high nine points, after hitting another trey in the third quarter, while Smith banked in eight and Chelsea Prescott scooped in seven.

Davidson (5), Izzy Wells (4), and Avalon Renninger (1) rounded out the scoring, with Audrianna Shaw, Anya Leavell, Tia Wurzrainer, Carolyn Lhamon, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Mollie Bailey seeing floor time.

Two Wolves reached personal milestones Saturday, with Smith bouncing from #42 to #39 on the CHS girls hoops career scoring list.

With 265 points, she passed Sarah Mouw (259), Carly Guillory (260), and Madeline Strasburg (261) Saturday, while Prescott, a junior, moved from #51 to a tie with Hilary Kortuem for #48.

The duo are knotted at 231, at least for the moment, and Prescott slipped past a pair of former teammates, edging out Mikayla Elfrank (227) and Ema Smith (228).

It’s raining points

Logan Martin was one of five Wolves to score in double figures Saturday, as the Coupeville JV scored a season-high 82 points in a win over Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All about that balance, baby.

The Coupeville High School boys JV basketball team is loaded with gunners, and Chris Smith’s squad can kill you in a billion different ways.

That was shown one more time Saturday night, as five different Wolves hit double-digits in scoring as their team set a season scoring high while paddling visiting Port Townsend 82-63.

With the non-conference victory, the young guns improve to 9-5 on the season, guaranteeing they will finish with a winning record.

The Wolf JV has three games left on the schedule, with home games against South Whidbey (Jan. 28) and Granite Falls (Jan. 31), then a road trip to Sultan (Feb. 4).

Coupeville’s second squad beat all three of those schools the first time they played this season.

Saturday’s matchup with Port Townsend was a makeup of a game postponed by bad weather, and the Wolves were primed.

Barely a minute into the game, Daniel Olson crashed to the hoop, sucked in a dart of an inbounds pass and whipped home a layup, putting CHS up 4-2.

You could have called the game at that exact moment, as the visiting RedHawks would never gain the lead.

Of course, if they did, we would have missed out on another 31 minutes of highlight reel-worthy plays from the high-flying Wolves.

The passes zipped on this night, the defense was harsh and unyielding, often leading to breakaway buckets, and every guy in a Wolf uniform had a bead on the basket.

Five different Coupeville players scored in the first quarter, with Grady Rickner leading the way with a quick seven points courtesy a three-ball from the top of the arc, and a couple of long runs which led to note-perfect layups.

Both of those latter plays were set up by pinpoint ball movement, with Olson and Logan Martin firing long outlet passes which soared over scrambling defenders, then dropped on to Rickner’s waiting fingers.

When he wasn’t kicking the ball up court, Martin was banging it home as well, dropping a three-ball of his own right after arcing in a sweet little jumper in the paint.

The prettiest play of the quarter came at the very end, however.

With the clock racing to 0:00 and Smith exhorting his players to pick up the pace and get their rears up the floor, Cody Roberts came ambling by, dribbling into position.

Juking his defender off his feet, the lanky Wolf snapped to a stop and let a rainbow fly free, dropping an NBA-worthy three-ball through the bottom of the net as his coach did a double fist pump and the buzzer sounded.

If Roberts shot was a dagger, there were plenty more where that came from, as the Wolves blew open the game in the second quarter.

Sage Downes, who would finish as the second-highest scorer in the game, didn’t notch his first bucket until he converted a layup off of a steal to stretch the lead to 30-18.

With that play reigniting his scoring mojo, the middle of Angie Downes three sons then started dropping buckets like mad, slashing to the hoop time and again on his way to nine points in the quarter.

Coupeville went to the halftime locker room up 42-23, but not before Olson set up a Rickner layup with a laser-guided pass which tore the fabric of time as it also sliced ‘n diced two hapless defenders who watched it fly by their heads.

The biggest roar from the crowd came on a play by Miles Davidson, however, as he came rumbling down the right side of the floor, went airborne, and scooped up an underhanded shot, all while being whacked upside the head and body.

The ball kissed the glass and plopped through, then Davidson banked in a free throw to cap the game’s most hard-earned three-point play.

Port Townsend kept coming in the second half, but other than a brief fourth-quarter run fueled by three consecutive three-balls, could offer little resistance.

Everything was working for Coupeville, from T.J. Rickner playing like a savage down in the paint, to urban legend Chris Ruck exploding off the bench to score the game’s final bucket.

By the time all the scorebook totals had been added up, the Wolf offensive attack was remarkably well-balanced.

Grady Rickner, finishing with 18 points, narrowly edged out Downes, who slapped home 17, while Olson (12), Martin (11), and Roberts (10) all had hot hands of their own.

T.J. Rickner (7), Davidson (5), and Ruck (2) also scored for Coupeville, while Alex Jimenez was a beast on the defensive end of the floor.

Natalie Castano was one of 10 girls to score Saturday as Coupeville’s JV romped to a lopsided win at Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beautiful beatdown.

Getting points from 10 different players Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball team annihilated host Port Townsend.

Toasting the RedHawks 51-11, the Wolves used the non-conference win to improve to a spiffy 9-3 on the season.

Megan Smith’s squad came out on fire and ran away with the game early, jumping out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter of play.

Coupeville’s deadliest gunner in the early going was sophomore swing player Audrianna Shaw, who peppered the nets for 10 points in the first frame alone.

After that, the Wolves steadily added to their lead, pushing the advantage to 31-9 at the half, then 43-9 after holding Port Townsend scoreless in the third quarter.

With plenty of scoring opportunities, Coupeville spread out its offensive load, with freshman Alita Blouin and Shaw tying for team-high honors with 12 points apiece.

Ella Colwell, Savana Allen, and Jessenia Camarena provided plenty of support for the dynamic duo, with each Wolf ringing up six points.

Ryanne Knoblich (2), Natalie Castano (2), Anya Leavell (2), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (2), and Gwen Gustafson (1) also scored, while Heidi Meyers, Mollie Bailey, and Morgan Stevens saw floor time.

Coupeville returns to action next week with two of its final three North Sound Conference tilts.

The Wolves travel to Shoreline Tuesday to face King’s, then host Granite Falls Friday night.

Josh Upchurch and the Coupeville C-Team split a doubleheader Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Cernick had himself a day.

Drafted to help fill out the roster for a depleted Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad, the Wolf big man responded in a big way.

Throwing down 35 points across two games, Cernick helped the Wolves KO host Granite Falls, and come within a play or two of toppling Sultan as well.

With the rare doubleheader split, Coupeville, which only had seven players to call on Saturday, improves to 2-8 on the season.

“We are growing,” said CHS coach Patrick Upchurch of his very-young squad. “Off-season will be big for some of these guys. It is only a matter of time.”

How the day played out:

 

Sultan:

Coupeville started strong and finished strong, but a little bit of a letdown in the middle cost it in a narrow 43-37 loss.

The Wolves jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, with five players tossing in a bucket.

Cernick led the way, pumping in five of his team-high 14, but CHS couldn’t hold on to the early advantage.

Sultan used 12-6 and 12-5 runs in the next two frames to turn the tide of the game, before Coupeville closed with a 13-9 surge in the fourth quarter.

Josh Upchurch and Dominic Coffman each banked in six points in support of Cernick, while Ty Hamilton popped for five.

Brayden Coatney (4) and Coen Killian (2) also scored, while Alex Wasik was aces on defense.

 

Granite Falls:

Cernick and Coffman combined to toss in 35 points as the Wolf C-Team set a season scoring mark in a 52-44 win over the day’s host.

Coupeville actually trailed for half of the game, staying close but finding itself down 12-8 after one quarter and 20-18 at the half.

Things changed after the break, however, as the Wolves more than doubled their output in the third quarter, using a 19-12 run fueled by six points apiece from Coffman and Cernick to claim the lead.

From there, CHS closed out the win by letting their big guy in the middle go to town.

Cernick wrapped up a career-best 21-point performance by throwing down nine points in the fourth, while Wasik, Coffman, and Hamilton added a bucket apiece.

Coffman finished with 14 in the game, while Coatney (8), Wasik (5), and Hamilton (4) rounded out the torrid offensive explosion.

CHS grad Danny Conlisk is now running track for an NCAA D-II school. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Three meets in, and he’s getting faster.

Coupeville High School grad Danny Conlisk, who’s now a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, continues to tear up the track during his first collegiate season.

Saturday, Conlisk and his Hardrocker teammates were in Spearfish at Black Hills State University for the Dave Little Invitational.

While there, the former Wolf ran in the 200 and the 4 x 400, setting a college PR in his solo event.

Conlisk finished 7th in the 200, hitting the line in 24.03 seconds.

He also ran the second leg on an all-freshman relay unit which claimed 4th place in the day’s prime team-up.

The Hardrockers were competing against five other schools Saturday, with MSU Billings, Rocky Mountain College, Chadron State, and Dickinson State joining SDSM&T and the meet hosts.

Conlisk and Co. return to the same track next Saturday, February 1 for the Myrle Hanson Memorial Open.

During his time in Coupeville, Conlisk was a two-time state champ, winning titles in the 200 and 400 as a senior.

He holds CHS records in the 100, 200, and 400.