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Ryanne Knoblich eyeballs a free throw. (Morgan White photo)

It’s all about the sound of that sweet swish.

Defense, hustle, and intangibles matter a lot in basketball, but games are decided by who scores the most points.

With that in mind, our first look at individual season scoring stats for all four Coupeville High School hoops teams.


Varsity girls
(2 games):

Alita Blouin – 25
Carolyn Lhamon – 13
Maddie Georges – 12
Gwen Gustafson – 11
Ryanne Knoblich – 11
Mia Farris – 6
Katie Marti – 3
Lyla Stuurmans – 2


JV girls
(2 games):

Madison McMillan – 14
Desi Ramirez – 8
Kierra Thayer – 6
Reese Wilkinson – 6
Teagan Calkins – 5
Jada Heaton – 5
Bryley Gilbert – 4
Skylar Parker – 1


Varsity boys
(2 games):

Logan Downes – 47
Cole White – 17
Alex Murdy – 14
Jonathan Valenzuela – 14
Nick Guay – 12
Ryan Blouin – 6
Chase Anderson – 2
Jermiah Copeland – 2
William Davidson – 1


JV boys
(2 games):

Hunter Bronec – 25
Chase Anderson – 13
Hurlee Bronec – 13
Aiden O’Neill – 13
Jack Porter – 12
Johnny Porter – 8
Mikey Robinett – 6
Malachi Somes – 3
Carson Field – 2

Aiden O’Neill swoops to the hoop. (Morgan White photo)

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Alita Blouin (left) and Maddie Georges, back on the volleyball court one final time. (Photos courtesy Suzan Georges)

One more trip to the land of spikes and sets.

Coupeville High School seniors Alita Blouin and Maddie Georges played Sunday in the 1B/2B/1A All-State volleyball games.

The duo, who were First-Team All-Conference picks when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches voted, played alongside spikers from school such as Adna, Forks, Kalama, and Meridian.

The event, put on by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association, went down at Burlington-Edison High School.

Blouin and Georges are the first Wolf volleyball players to earn an All-State invite in many years, and they join former CHS classmate Xavier Murdy, who played in the boys’ basketball All-State game earlier this year.

Sunday’s extravaganza was more about the experience than the scores, and both young women cherished the opportunity.

“The girls had fun,” said Maddie’s mom, Suzan Georges.

“A few tears once again. The real last time wearing their jerseys.”

The Wolf duo hang out with their new teammates.

Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore joins his spikers for a fond farewell.

A pack of fellow Wolves showed up for Blouin and Georges’ big day.

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Alita Blouin leads Coupeville’s varsity girls in scoring through the first two games. (Morgan White photo)

One bad stretch.

A span of five minutes and change — that’s what killed the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball squad Saturday night.

Take away that segment, when visiting Lakewood went on a 28-3 run to end the first quarter, and it was a much different, far closer contest.

But they count every point, so the 2B Wolves ultimately absorbed a 70-37 loss to the 2A Cougars.

The non-conference defeat evens Coupeville’s early-season record at 1-1, with a week to work on things before Sultan visits Whidbey Island Dec. 10.

CHS coach Megan Richter and her players will be able to look at the game film from Saturday’s tilt and pick out a lot of positives.

Though they may want to fast forward through the second half of the opening quarter.

Things were looking pretty good, with the score knotted at 5-5 after Alita Blouin plucked a steal and beat a pack of defenders down court for a layup.

Gwen Gustafson opened the night’s scoring with a pullup jumper, before Carolyn Lhamon added a free throw, and the Wolves were aggressive on both ends of the floor.

But then the roof fell in.

Lakewood ramped up its defense and stifled Coupeville, holding it without a field goal for the remainder of the first quarter, while scoring quickly and efficiently from multiple angles.

The Cougars splashed home a trio of three-balls during the 28-3 run, but it was a string of steals and breakaway lay-ins which really stung.

Then things went back to almost normal.

The scoring across the final three quarters of the night still came out in favor of Lakewood, but only to a 37-29 tally.

The Wolves, who were being hacked and pummeled all game, hit the majority of their free throws, while also breaking out some well-run plays to crack Lakewood’s press.

A 7-0 surge midway through the second quarter, with Lhamon slapping runners off the glass on feeds from Gustafson and Maddie Georges, was quality work.

As was Katie Marti’s debut as a WWE wrestler, on a play when the rough ‘n rowdy defensive dynamo flipped not one, but two Lakewood players end-over-end while battling for, and winning, control of a loose ball.

Lhamon and Mia Farris both pounded home multiple buckets in the paint in the second half, while Georges flipped the net on a long, low three-ball, but the deficit ultimately proved too much to overcome.

Still, Coupeville fought until the end, with its players still crashing the boards and pestering Lakewood ballhandlers even as the final buzzer loomed.

Blouin paced the Wolves in scoring for the second-straight game, rattling home 10 points, while Lhamon backed her up with a season-high nine.

Georges (6), Farris (4), Ryanne Knoblich (3), Marti (2), Gustafson (2), and Lyla Stuurmans (1) also etched their names in the scorebook, as all eight Wolves to see floor time scored.

With her six points, Georges moves into 40th place all-time on the CHS girls’ hoops career scoring chart, which dates back to 1974.

The senior guard sits with 265 points, passing program legends Madeline Strasburg (261) and Carly Guillory (260) Saturday night.

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Wolf seniors (l to r) Carolyn Lhamon, Gwen Gustafson, Cecilia Acevedo, Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, and Ryanne Knoblich. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin delivers hot death from above.

Sparked by their sweet-shooting senior guard, who knocked down a trio of three-balls as part of a 15-point performance, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball team romped on opening night.

Thrashing host South Whidbey 46-22 Wednesday, while surrendering points to only one Falcon, the Wolves earned big praise from second-year coach Megan Richter.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these girls and the way they played today,” she said. “They have been working so hard this year and it showed today.

“Before the game we talked a lot about being competitive but also having fun playing the game. And that’s exactly what they did.”

Other than a brief tie at 2-2, Coupeville led from start to finish, using tough defense to fuel big buckets on the other end of the floor.

“They played their game, came out aggressive on defense and played patient on offense,” Richter said.

“It was a really fun game to watch; it makes my job really easy when things that we do in practice come together.

“I’m excited for the rest of the season and to see where they go from here!”

That 2-2 stalemate evaporated as soon as Gwen Gustafson drilled the bottom of the net out on a jumper, earning a loud cheer from her sign-waving fan club president, Lucy Tenore.

The very next play might have been the best of the night, as Carolyn Lhamon rejected a Falcon shot, leading to a breakaway bucket for Maddie Georges.

Crashing through the backpedaling defenders, the senior point guard waited for the impact, then flipped the ball off the backboard, earning a third point the hard way thanks to a foul call and ensuing free throw.

With all five starters scoring in the first quarter, Coupeville surged out to a 13-6 lead by the first break, and never really looked back.

Yes, the Falcons, who got all 22 of their points from Isabelle Woods, briefly cut the lead to 16-12 midway through the second frame.

But that just seemed to inspire the Wolves, who finished off the half on an 11-0 tear.

Gustafson went for five of those points, with Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, and defensive dynamo Lyla Stuurmans also scoring during the game-deciding rally.

The third quarter belonged to Blouin, who made the nets flip on free throws and three-balls alike.

Georges also buried a long trey, her shot arcing to the top of the gym roof before splashing home, while Mia Farris capped things with a picture-perfect layup while several defenders tried to decapitate her.

With the game long since decided, the final frame was largely a defensive brawl.

That gave varsity newcomers Cecilia Acevedo and Skylar Parker a chance to haul in rebounds and poke balls free, while the ever-rampaging Katie Marti terrorized anyone unlucky enough to be holding a basketball in her general vicinity.

The latest link in the Marti/Messner athletic dynasty, Katie remains one of the most entertaining disruptors to hit the hardwood.

She brings back fond memories of ’90s brawler Jodie Christensen — Aiden and Maggie Crimmins mom — crashing through folks like a bowling ball, handing out black eyes to teammates and rivals alike.

And that’s high praise, so never change, Katie.

Back in the pursuit of scoring records, Blouin’s 15 topped the Wolves, with Gustafson (9), Knoblich (8), Georges (6), Lhamon (4), Farris (2), Stuurmans (1), and Marti (1) all contributing.

And one last side note.

Lhamon now has 125 career points, which ties her (for one night at least) with Christi Messner, who is both Katie Marti’s mom, and the woman who was keeping the books for the Wolves on this night.

The more you know.

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Alita Blouin (left) and Maddie Georges get another day of high school volleyball action. (Photo courtesy Cory Whitmore)

Their weekend is double-booked.

Coupeville High School seniors Alita Blouin and Maddie Georges are scheduled to play a home basketball game Saturday.

A day later the Wolf duo will be on the volleyball court in Burlington, where they’ll be part of the 1B/2B/1A All-State games.

Blouin and Georges are on Team Brown, which is coached by Nicole Marang of La Salle.

That squad faces Team Orange, which features La Conner’s Ellie Marble, Josie Harper, and Makayla Herrera, at 12:30 PM.

The event is put on by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Blouin, a libero, and Georges, a setter, were First-Team All-Conference selections this season when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches voted.

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