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Hannah Davidson is here to deny you! (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chelsea Prescott fires up the jets.

Abby Mulholland keeps her eyes on the prize.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh (30) and Davidson get caught in a tangle.

Gwen Gustafson rolls hard to the hoop.

Can’t catch Avalon Renninger, can’t beat the Wolves.

The action was hoppin’, and the camera was clickin’.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball teams invaded Langley Friday, rolling to a varsity win while dropping a razor-thin decision in the JV game.

Also making the trip down Island was wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, who left his Oak Harbor home behind for a night of hoops.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are just a smidge of what he snapped.

To see everything Fisken shot, and possibly purchase some glossies, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2019-2020/GBB-2020-01-17-at-South-Whidbey/

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Freshman Nezi Keiper dribbles into a bright future as a basketball star. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Day two of practice, and Jered Brown is ready to break ankles.

Senior point guard Scout Smith comes face to face with new JV coach (and Wolf hoops legend) Megan Smith.

Koa Davison gets his dribble on.

Abby Mulholland and a pack of her friends stretch before practice.

Chris Ruck is on the attack.

Fab frosh Maddie Georges works on her handles.

Jean Lund-Olsen gets dynamic.

It don’t mean a thing without that dribble.

The sound of basketballs thunking against a gym floor signals the start of the winter sports season, and it draws out the camera clickers.

The pics above, snapped by John Fisken, showcase some of the Coupeville High School hoops stars hard at work on day two of practice for a new season.

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Freshman Anya Leavell tossed in eight points Monday as Coupeville’s JV bushwhacked Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Our freshmen are better than yours.

Completing a 4-0 run against Whidbey Island rivals this season, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad drilled visiting Oak Harbor’s C-Team 45-16 Monday night.

The win, the fourth in the last five games for the Wolves, lifts them to 8-6 on the year.

Coupeville’s JV, which featured eight freshmen among its nine active players Monday, swept home-and-away series from both 1A North Sound Conference rival South Whidbey and 3A Oak Harbor, granting them the possibly made-up, but still spiffy title of “Island Champs.”

And none of those four games were remotely close, either.

Facing a withering Wolf defense, Oak Harbor spent much of the first half Monday just fighting to get out of its back-court.

The Wildcats didn’t get a shot up that connected with either the rim or the backboard until seven and a half minutes into the game.

At that point, OHHS already trailed 16-0, en route to an eventual 24-0 deficit midway through the second quarter, and Coupeville was clicking on all cylinders.

Bucket after bucket was set up by crisp passes, as the Wolves picked apart Oak Harbor’s interior defense with ease.

The game opened on a layup from Izzy Wells, with Coupeville’s lone active sophomore, Mollie Bailey, providing the sweet dish, as she came off the dribble and flipped the pass right onto Wells waiting fingertips.

Less than two seconds later, having yanked an in-bounds pass away from the intended target, Ja’Kenya Hoskins crashed hard to the hoop, slapping home the ball with a satisfying thunk.

After that the buckets came bam-bam-bam, many set-up by steals or Wolves wrestling 50/50 balls away from their rivals and immediately crashing towards the hoop.

Wells had the hottest hand in the opening frame, popping for eight, but Coupeville spread its 18-0 surge among five shooters.

Six of Coupeville’s nine buckets in the first quarter came courtesy layups, two on sideline jumpers by Wells and Anya Leavell, and one on a power move down in the paint from Abby Mulholland.

The heir to the Keefe basketball legacy (go look it up, it’s pretty dang impressive), Mulholland posted up, caught an entry pass, then knocked her defender backwards with a subtle hip shot before draining the turnaround jumper.

The second quarter was a showcase for Audrianna Shaw, who kicked in three buckets as CHS went up 24-0 before setting for a 28-2 lead at the break.

Showing she’s dangerous from anywhere on the floor, Shaw drilled a pull-up jumper, off a kick-out from Leavell, then rolled around the corner to bank home a shot before capping things with a burst right up the middle, splitting two defenders and hitting a runner.

Mulholland, who scored in every quarter, paced the Wolves in the third, but fellow frosh Alana Mihill earned the biggest curtain call.

The scrappy cross country veteran, who had been zigging and zagging on defense all night, frustrating the Wildcat shooters, suddenly pulled up and drained a three-ball from the top of the arc late in the third frame.

Her teammates, JV and varsity, went bonkers for Mihill’s surprise bomb, her second bucket and first trey of the season.

Up in the crow’s nest, varsity players Avalon Renninger, Tia Wurzrainer, and Scout Smith, shooting game film, got so excited they came close to knocking each other down into the stands.

Perhaps taking some inspiration from Mihill, Oak Harbor, which had struggled mightily on offense through three quarters, hitting just one field goal and two free throws, picked things up down the stretch.

The Wildcats managed to put together an 8-0 run during the fourth quarter, topped double-digits scoring for the night, and “won” the final frame 12-6.

A huge part of that was Coupeville having long past taken its press off, but the Wolf defenders did pull off a couple of strong plays late, while being careful not to be so aggressive as to be jerks.

Morgan Stevens hauled down her fair share of rebounds, scrapping hard in the paint, while Lily Leedy made off with several steals, turning one into a breakaway layup.

As the ball settled through the net, Leedy turned, and flashing a smile at her family in the stands, charged back down court, ready to harass any and all ball-handlers foolish enough to dribble her way.

While CHS coach Amy King was missing four players with injuries (Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Ivy Leedy, Kylie Chernikoff and Kiara Contreras), she got big contributions from everyone able to take the floor.

Wells led the scoring attack with 12 points, while Mulholland was coming up hot in her rear-view mirror with 10 of her own.

After that, the Wolves got eight from Leavell, six from Shaw, three from Mihill, and a bucket apiece from Hoskins, Bailey, and Leedy.

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Kiara Contreras banked home a bucket and dealt out three assists Saturday as the Coupeville JV girls romped to a road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They torched the gym.

Metaphorically! METAPHORICALLY!!

They’re still a little touchy around Orcas High School, after the JV gym almost LITERALLY burnt down Friday, so we need to be clear with our words.

Saturday, a day after someone caught things in the nick of time as the electrical doodads in the score clock went haywire, the Coupeville JV girls basketball squad showed up to burn things down in a safer way.

“The nets were on fire – baskets dropping everywhere!” said very-happy CHS coach Amy King.

Led by a season-high offensive explosion from freshman Abby Mulholland — perhaps channeling uncle Randy Keefe, the third-highest scorer in 102 years of Wolf boys varsity basketball — Coupeville romped to a 31-18 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the young guns to 1-3 and sent them back to the bus with an extra skip in their step.

Make that two or three extra skips for their coach.

“There was a patience on offense we haven’t seen yet and a fight on defense thru the entire game,” King said.

Ja’Kenya (Hoskins) was calling for the ball in the post, Mollie (Bailey) really sparked things on offense, Anya (Leavell) had a number of steals at the top of the key creating fast breaks and Kylie (Van Velkinburgh) shut down the Orcas offense and had some really nice shots.

“It was exciting to see the girls put together their most complete game so far.”

After the brush with fiery fury from above, the game was played with a make-shift clock on the scorekeeper’s table and no shot clock.

Not that Coupeville had any trouble getting their shots in the air quickly and efficiently.

“The girls came out strong and got stronger as the game progressed,” King said.

The Wolves methodically stretched the lead, taking it from two points after one quarter to five at the half, then using a 7-1 surge in the third to ice things.

Mulholland was front and center for the Wolf attack, stepping up to drain a high school career high of 11 points.

“The girls really shot well,” King said. “Abby had an awesome night, receiving pass after pass and putting the ball up and over.

“Our game was controlled on offense, moving the ball well, shortening the passes to minimize opportunities for steals,” she added. “We actually set up and ran a few different offenses and got great open shots.”

While the Wolves spread out the offensive love, with six other players joining Mulholland in the scoring column, it was freshman point guard Kiara Contreras who played the role of the straw who stirred the drink.

Kiara always adds an electricity to the court on both offense and defense,” King said. “She gives that type of pressure that other teams don’t like playing against, and she has been moving the ball really well on offense, feeding her teammates.”

While the offense was clicking, the defense was in lock-down mode.

During a second quarter time out, frosh Izzy Wells asked King if they could switch to a press, and her coach agreed with the move, which forced Orcas to hurry up and make multiple errors.

With nine players in uniform, the Wolves used everyone, and everyone made an impact, especially on D.

Ja’Kenya worked well in the middle with Izzy and Kylie on either side,” King said. “Up top, Mollie and Anya shut down any chance for long shots.

“On defense the girls talked, shut down their drives and started anticipating passes that resulted in a lot of steals,” she added. “Alana (Mihill) and Morgan (Stevens) rounded out the team, providing tough defense whenever they were in and working hard on offense.”

Mulholland’s 11 points led the way, while Leavell kicked in six and Bailey popped for five. Wells (4), Contreras (2), Hoskins (2), and Van Velkinburgh (1) also scored.

The stat sheet was topped by Wells (11 rebounds), Leavell (seven steals), Contreras (three assists) and the slap-happy duo of Bailey and Hoskins, who collected a blocked shot apiece.

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   Abby Mulholland and her CMS teammates are stuck at home Thursday, after snow postponed a planned trip to Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature strikes again.

With snow covering the ground Thursday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams will not travel to Port Angeles to face Stevens.

The move, announced mere moments ago by Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith, was made based on both “weather and road conditions.”

A makeup date will be determined later.

Barring any more blizzards, the Wolves return to the court next Monday, Feb. 26, when they travel to Sequim.

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