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Audrianna Shaw (5) played often-brilliant ball on both ends of the floor Tuesday night, sparking the Wolf JV to a come-from-behind win over South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sweet, sweet revenge is ours.

Despite not netting a field goal for nearly 13 minutes to open the game Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team stormed from behind to topple visiting South Whidbey.

With the 37-31 win, sparked by a dynamic fourth quarter from Audrianna Shaw, the Wolves earn a season split with their next-door neighbors, avenging a two-point loss at Langley in mid-January.

The victory lifts CHS to 7-2 in North Sound Conference play, 11-4 overall.

Megan Smith’s squad has one game left on the schedule, a home non-conference rumble with La Conner Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6 PM.

Tuesday’s tilt with the Falcons didn’t start off all that great for Coupeville.

Unable to get anything to drop from the floor, the Wolves could only scrape out a pair of Shaw free throws in the first quarter, and they were spaced more than five minutes apart.

Making matters worse, South Whidbey hit a miracle three-point shot at the first-quarter buzzer, the ball corkscrewing through the air, then catching a small sliver of glass and (somehow) banking itself through the net.

With the Falcons up 11-2 and whoopin’ it up over their gift from the heavens, the Wolves needed to catch a break.

They’d have to wait awhile, though.

Coupeville went scoreless through the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter as well, though it did clamp down on defense and ice out the Falcons.

Shaw finally broke the scoreless stalemate with two more free throws at the 3:26 mark, and then, mercifully, things took a huge positive swing.

It started with Anya Leavell sliding in front of a pass and picking it off, then slashing downcourt and pegging a smooth pass onto the waiting fingertips of a streaking Gwen Gustafson.

The Wolf frosh beat the Falcons to the hoop, slapped home a layup, and 12 minutes and 43 seconds after the opening tip, Coupeville had a field goal.

The hometown hoops stars liked that first score so much, they immediately added two more, with Shaw slashing inside for a bucket, then Leavell taking another steal coast-to-coast.

While South Whidbey recovered to score the final basket of the half, staking itself to a 13-10 lead at the half, the momentum had turned.

After combining to score just 23 first-half points, the two teams suddenly got all offensive in the third frame, with the Wolves having the upper hand during a 15-12 mini-surge.

Alita Blouin, stalking the court like a blood-thirsty assassin, led the way, tossing in seven points on a variety of moves, while breaking at least twice that many ankles.

She had plenty of help, with fellow freshman Ryanne Knoblich rumbling through the paint for a pair of huge buckets and Ella Colwell ripping down rebounds by the handful.

There were seven lead changes and six ties during the third quarter, with neither team ever up by more than a single bucket, setting the stage for a furious finale.

And the fourth quarter lived up to the anticipation, as the arch-rivals swapped leads back and forth.

Abby Mulholland rolled hard to the hoop, slapping home a go-ahead bucket, before Shaw pilfered a steal, zipped down court, and dribbled rings around two defenders as she wiggled through an incredibly small hole for a crowd-pleasing layup.

But South Whidbey wasn’t quite ready to crack, and a three-point play the hard way put the Falcons back on top 31-29 as the clock ticked madly down.

Which meant it was time for Smith to lean on her wily vets, and the Wolf swing players came through big down the stretch.

A pair of free throws from the always-unflappable Mollie Bailey knotted the score at 31-31, then the Wolves busted open the game with a brilliant bit of teamwork.

Shaw jumped a wayward pass, picked it off, flipped the ball to Bailey, then got down the floor as fast as her feet would carry her.

Weaving through back-pedaling defenders, Bailey sucked the defense to her, before skipping a pass right back to her running mate, who sealed the win with a breakaway bucket.

Coupeville tacked on two more baskets, one each for Leavell and Shaw, just to make sure things wouldn’t get dicey, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered, as the Wolf defense was lights-out across the game’s final three minutes.

Shaw finished with a game-high 12 points, while Blouin (7), Knoblich (4), Bailey (4), Leavell (4), Gustafson (3), Mulholland (2), and Colwell (1) also scored.

Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh chipped in with strong defensive work, with Camarena providing a particular jolt off the bench.

Forcing several jump balls, and slingin’ elbows with the best of them, she’s a somewhat underrated hustle player, and one who continues to show great promise for the Wolves.

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Kylie Van Velkinburgh banked home five points Friday, as Coupeville’s JV nipped Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They don’t call Alita Blouin “The Assassin” for nothing.

Showcasing her nerves of steel and her burning desire to watch her opponents cry themselves to sleep, the Coupeville High School freshman lives to deliver daggers.

Friday night in Bothell, Blouin came through one more time, banking in a pair of pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws to lift the Wolf JV girls to a huge road win.

With a 29-26 victory over Cedar Park Christian, CHS sweeps the season series from the Eagles and improves to 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-3 overall.

Blouin’s free throws iced the win, but Coupeville jumped on CPC early, roaring out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play.

Four different Wolves tallied points in the opening frame, with Ryanne Knoblich and Anya Leavell pacing the squad with four apiece.

From there, Coupeville edged the lead out to 15-9 at the half, then held a 21-15 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

That was the frame where Blouin shone brightest, as she dropped in five of her team’s eight points across the final eight minutes.

Blouin and Knoblich finished with team-high scoring honors, having rattled the rims for seven points each, while Leavell (6), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (5), Mollie Bailey (2), and Audrianna Shaw (2) also scored.

CHS coach Megan Smith got quality work from everyone in uniform, with Gwen Gustafson, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, Ella Colwell, and Savana Allen also seeing floor time.

The Wolves get right back at it, heading to Port Townsend Saturday for a non-conference match-up with the Redhawks.

The game is a make-up for an earlier one which was cancelled due to high winds which shut down the ferry run.

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With a win Friday, Morgan Stevens and the Coupeville JV girls are 6-2 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They let them hang around for a bit.

But just a bit.

Putting the game away with a strong surge across the second and third quarters Friday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team buried visiting Sultan 33-15.

With the win, the Wolves earn a season sweep of the Turks, while surging to a flawless 3-0 in North Sound Conference action, 6-2 overall.

Now, like their varsity counterparts, the JV girls won’t play in front of their home fans for almost three weeks.

Both girls programs have five straight games on the road ahead of them, not returning to the Coupeville gym until January 31, when Granite Falls comes to The Rock.

Friday night the Wolves came out a bit slowly, settling for a 5-5 tie at the first break.

After that, it was Turk crunchin’ time, as Coupeville used 9-2 and 15-3 runs across the next two periods to break things open.

CHS coach Megan Smith spread the offensive love around, with Alita Blouin and Ryanne Knoblich carrying most of the load in the second quarter, before Gwen Gustafson and Jessenia Camarena began to heat up in the third frame.

Blouin finished the game atop a very-balanced scoring attack, rattling the rims for eight points, while Camarena, Knoblich and Gustafson knocked down six apiece.

Savana Allen (4), Morgan Stevens (2), and Ella Colwell (1) also scored, while Claire Mayne, Abby Mulholland, and Heidi Meyers all played strongly on defense for the Wolves.

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Heidi Meyers and the Coupeville JV girls are 5-2 after thumping Cedar Park Christian Tuesday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This was a good ol’ beat-down.

Introduce balanced scoring. Add in a ball-hawking, lock-down defense. Then let the bodies hit the floor.

Controlling the game from opening tip to final bucket Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team drilled visiting Cedar Park Christian.

At 39-23, with the visitors trimming five points off the deficit in the final moments, the score might not immediately jump out to you as a rout.

But it most assuredly was.

Now 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 5-2 overall, the JV girls were methodical and ruthless against their private school rivals.

The Wolves jumped on the board quickly, with Alita Blouin and Ella Colwell running a note-perfect give-and-go in which The Assassin slashed through the defense like a living machete carving her way through the jungle underbrush.

Very next play, and almost a repeat, with Colwell delivering a perfectly-placed pass, and Blouin crashing to the hoop for another bucket.

The only difference in the plays, on round two, Blouin knocked her defender onto the floor as she slashed by, but did it so confidently the ref just nodded, as if to silently say, “I see you. I fear you. I got nothin’ to say on the matter.”

Playing with confidence, the Wolves jumped all over CPC on defense in the early going, turning a game-opening 8-0 run into an 18-6 lead by the half.

The Eagles got few shots off in the first half, with Morgan Stevens ripping balls loose, Colwell dominating in the paint, and the trio of Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, and Gwen Gustafson harassing rival ballhandlers into frequent turnovers.

Cedar Park finally got on the scoreboard, but it took the visitors six minutes plus to do so.

And, as soon as the Eagles found a brief spark of life, the Wolves savaged all their hopes and dreams.

Coupeville kicked off a 10-2 run in the second quarter with a play in which three different Wolves meshed their individual talents for the good of the team.

Colwell yanked down a rebound, pivoted and hit Blouin, who promptly took a step and launched a long pass which carried over the heads of the scrambling defenders and dropped onto Gustafson’s finger tips.

Weaving through two final Eagles, Gustafson slapped home the layup, then later came back around to pull off almost the same play, but this time off of a Knoblich half-court heave.

Not every Wolf scored, but every one on the floor contributed, whether it was Claire Mayne and Heidi Meyers scrambling on defense, or Natalie Castano and Jessenia Camarena getting physical with the over-matched Eagles.

Castano delivered a hearty hip check which planted a CPC player into the third row of the bleachers, while Camarena rose up above the masses to soundly reject an Eagle shot and bring a smile to coach Megan Smith’s face.

CHS put the game on ice in the third quarter, closing the frame with an 11-2 surge in which Knoblich and Colwell combined for nine points.

Both Wolves picked up their buckets by going hard to the hoop and daring Cedar Park to stop them.

Spoiler alert: the Eagles didn’t have a prayer of doing so.

Knoblich’s best score came on a ferocious drive up the middle of the lane, where she banged home the bucket while absorbing multiple blows which awarded her an ensuing free throw, as well.

Colwell stood tall all game, closing the third and fourth quarters with baskets on which she simply overpowered shorter players down low, abusing them to the delight of her vocal fan club.

The Wolf sophomore center finished with a game-high 10 points, while Gustafson (9), Knoblich (8), Blouin (7), Camarena (3), and Stevens (2) all joined in on the offensive explosion.

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Freshman Ryanne Knoblich tossed in five points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV thrashed Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Keep the pressure on.

If that was the plan Tuesday for the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad, it worked really well.

Outscoring host Sultan in every quarter, the Wolves headed back to the bus carrying a well-executed 27-17 win in their league opener.

The victory lifts the young guns to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in North Sound Conference play.

Coupeville garnered the win thanks to remarkably consistent play, as they outscored the Turks by the same score, 6-4, in the first, second, and fourth quarters.

Just to mix things up, the Wolves came out hot in the third quarter and rang up a 9-5 advantage to make sure the scorebook operator was paying attention.

Freshman guard Alita Blouin was the wind beneath Coupeville’s wings, powering her way to a game-high 10 points while tossing in at least a free throw in every quarter.

She got plenty of help from her teammates, with Ella Colwell banking home seven points and Ryanne Knoblich hitting for five.

Gwen Gustafson rattled the rims for four, while Abby Mulholland nailed a free throw to round out the offensive attack.

Also seeing floor time for Megan Smith’s squad were Natalie Castano, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, and Savana Allen.

The Wolf JV has a busy week, with another road game Thursday at Port Townsend, then a home game Saturday against Nooksack Valley.

After that, Coupeville heads out on winter break.

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