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Freshman Carolyn Lhamon banked in 10 points Friday as Coupeville’s varsity girls improved to 4-1 with a rout of Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights everything works.

Friday was just such a sublime moment for the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball squad, as it rocked visiting Concrete to a 57-27 tune.

With 11 of 12 active players scoring, all led by hard-working freshman Carolyn Lhamon having a breakout game, the Wolves improve to 4-1 on the season.

All four wins have come against schools which are in the Northwest 2B/1B League, which Coupeville joins next season, while the lone loss was to undefeated 3A Oak Harbor.

Friday’s rumble was a good old-fashioned beatdown, as the Wolves struck quickly and never, ever let up.

Flying in from the left side of the floor, senior team leader Avalon Renninger drilled a runner to open the scoring, and that opened the floodgates.

Pick your poison if you were Concrete, cause everyone in a Wolf uniform was going to hurt you on this night.

Six different CHS players made the net sing in the opening quarter, as the home team bolted out to a 17-3 lead.

Wolf junior Chelsea Prescott led the way in the first frame, banging home five points with a variety of moves.

Her first bucket came off of an offensive rebound which she ripped down, then immediately took back up strongly, while her second basket was a pull-up jumper which barely rippled the net as it dropped through.

Concrete couldn’t focus just on Prescott, though, as Renninger was also in a groove, banking home a second shot on the move, while Scout Smith, Lhamon, Maddie Georges, and Anya Leavell also scored in the early going.

Coupeville kept its motor humming in the second quarter, with coach Scott Fox directing his hardwood warriors to attack on the fly and press their advantage.

While Smith and fellow senior Hannah Davidson were quietly effective, tossing in buckets off of steals and rebounds, respectively, the star of the second eight-minute stretch was Audrianna Shaw.

The sophomore sparkplug came charging off the bench and immediately erupted, blowing up a Concrete player as she tried to crash in for a breakaway layup.

Shaw, chasing her every step of the way, determined glare on her face, came swooping in from behind and (inadvertently) flat-out decked the Lion shooter, sending her crashing hard and preventing the bucket.

Coupeville’s friendly assassin meant no ill will, and immediately helped up her fallen rival and patted her on the shoulder, but the warning had been sent.

Run from Shaw, and she will hunt you down and annihilate your very soul.

One crowd-pleasing play wasn’t enough for Shaw, though, as she also set up running mate Kylie Van Velkinburgh for back-to-back buckets with crisp passes.

Then, just to put a cherry on the sundae, she slapped home her own layup, off of a sparkling pass from Renninger.

Smart, well-executed passes were Coupeville’s calling card Friday, as most of its buckets were set up by teammates working together in near-perfect rhythm.

Romping with a 33-9 lead at the half, the Wolves settled for a 6-6 stalemate in the third quarter, highlighted by Izzy Wells netting a sweet lil’ hook shot off a Davidson feed.

Rested a bit, Coupeville re-jammed the gas pedal through the floor in the final frame, throwing down a game-high 18 points.

Lhamon and Leavell made the perfect tag team in the quarter, powering up to deliver six points apiece as they shredded the last bit of the Concrete defense.

Leavell got hers off of a put-back and then two gorgeous jumpers, both set up by strong passes, one from Shaw, another from Mollie Bailey.

Her younger teammate did most of her damage down in the paint, again benefiting from her teammates making smart set-up plays.

One Lhamon bucket came off of a Shaw pass, another from a set-up by Leavell, as Coupeville’s underclassmen, who will face Concrete often in the future, carried a big portion of the play-making load.

The Wolves finished with their best offensive showing of the season, and a remarkably-balanced scoring sheet.

Lhamon, who had five points coming in, went off for a game-high 10, while Smith and Leavell finished with eight apiece.

Smith continues her charge up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, passing six more former Wolf stars Friday including Kassie Lawson, Heather Davis, and state tourney hero Jaime Rasmussen.

With 187 points and counting, the Wolf captain sits at #58 all-time, just 36 points away from cracking the Top 50.

Prescott (7), Renninger (6), Van Velkinburgh (4), Shaw (4), Davidson (4), Bailey (2), Georges (2), and Wells (2) also scored, and Prescott continues to chase Smith.

Having tallied 171 career points, the multi-talented junior rose five spots Friday to land at #66 all-time.

With freshman Nezi Keiper sidelined with an injury, the lone Wolf not to score against Concrete was Tia Wurzrainer.

But her calling card has always been defense, and the senior guard made her impact felt on that end of the floor, harassing the Lion ballhandlers and forcing numerous turnovers.

Coupeville won’t have terribly long to bask in the afterglow of the win, as it hits the road Saturday, traveling to Seattle to face The Bush School.

The Wolves play their first game of their last season in the North Sound Conference next Tuesday, Dec. 17, when they travel to Sultan.

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Samantha Streitler leads off a collection of CHS girls basketball pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Left to right, it’s Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Ivy Leedy, and Mckenna Somes.

Audrianna Shaw

The varsity is (back, l to r) Carolyn Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, Mollie Bailey, Maddie Georges, Tia Wurzrainer, Avalon Renninger, Nezi Keiper. Front: Scout Smith, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Izzy Wells, Hannah Davidson, Chelsea Prescott, Anya Leavell.

Jessenia Camarena

Back: Ryanne Knoblich, Samantha Streitler, Ella Colwell, Abby Mulholland, Jessenia Camarena, Savana Allen, Morgan Stevens. Front: Gwen Gustafson, Alita Blouin, Claire Mayne, Heidi Meyers, Natalie Castano, Lily Leedy.

Anya Leavell

Coupeville’s senior leaders are a ferocious four-pack.

All the milestones are being checked off.

Uniforms have been handed out, photo day is in the books, and the first live action against other teams is just days away for the Coupeville High School girls basketball squads.

The Wolves tip off Saturday at the Sedro-Woolley Jamboree, with their first regular season games coming Tuesday, Dec. 3, when they travel to Darrington.

As they count the hours down, a photographic look at the players who have committed their time to the hardwood, courtesy John Fisken.

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Anya Leavell delivered her top performance of the season Monday, as Coupeville’s JV volleyball squad waged a war with King’s. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Taygin Jump was strong at the service line. (Brian Vick photo)

In one sense, they won. In another, they didn’t.

The Coupeville High School JV volleyball team came out scorching hot Monday, scared the crud out of visiting King’s, then fell in a three-set thriller.

But, while the final score of 12-25, 25-23, 25-19 went in favor of the Knights, the Wolves actually won more points on the night, coming out on top 67-62.

Yes, it’ll go down in the book as a loss, one which drops Coupeville’s second crew to a still perfectly-good 3-1 in North Sound Conference play, 5-2 overall.

But don’t think the Wolf young guns didn’t ruffle King’s, cause they certainly made the Knights coach turn a lovely shade of pink in the face as he had a spirited discussion with his players between sets.

It’s possibly because if he lost, the private school coach might have had to walk back to Shoreline.

I’m just saying, buses are for winners.

And, in the first set, the upstarts from Coupeville were taking a paddle to the richniks.

Wolf freshman Maddie Georges came out offering up serves which zipped over and around the King’s players outstretched hands, and things went from there.

Kylie Chernikoff, having herself quite the night, delivered a knee-shaking kill, then teammate Anya Leavell slid across the court and straight-up knifed the Knights, sticking the shiv in and twisting it.

On a play set up by a deadly Alita Blouin serve, Leavell ripped off a slicer which caught the very back end of the line, before skidding away out towards the road the King’s coach was contemplating having to walk home on.

Coupeville surged out to a double-digits lead in the first set, and never let the Knights recover.

At one point, the Wolves lashed three straight big-time kills, with Lucy Tenore swinging the hammer of the gods on a blast which sent her rivals running, before Chernikoff got downright nasty on back-to-back put-aways.

Whatever the King’s coach said to his players during the set break seemed to light a bit of a fire under their souls, as the second set was a war.

Coupeville continued to come up with huge plays, from Tenore skying above the net to stuff a shot, to Georges dropping a jump spike which caught the net and flopped over, to Taygin Jump zinging aces on her serve.

The second set saw nine ties, the last at 18-18, and the Wolves seemed on their way to a big win after a Chernikoff ace pushed CHS ahead 20-18.

But it wasn’t to be, as King’s surged on a 6-1 run, before Coupeville fought off two set points to pull back within 24-23.

For half a second, it looked like the Wolves would force yet another tie, but a spike which would have knotted things at 24-24 went an inch too far, and it was on to a third and deciding set.

Again, Coupeville played strongly, with Leavell and Chernikoff droppin’ spikes and Jump peppering the Knights with serves, as the Wolves forced nine more ties in the final frame.

King’s finally pulled ahead for good, however, and once it was up by five points, didn’t let the lead slip away.

The Wolves came strong until the end, with Tenore crushing a winner at the tail end of an epic rally in which both teams made great saves to keep the point going long after it should have ended.

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Audrianna Shaw knocked down an especially impressive bucket Tuesday, but the Coupeville JV couldn’t hold off Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No excuses, ever.

Despite playing basically four players down Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team fought visiting Granite Falls from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

But, with two of its top players limited to a single quarter of action, and two more in street clothes, the Wolves suffered a third-quarter let-down and fell 33-20.

The loss, which largely hinged on an 11-2 run by Granite coming out of halftime, drops Coupeville to 3-2 in North Sound Conference play, 6-6 overall.

The Wolves were without the injured Abby Mulholland and Kylie Chernikoff, while starters Izzy Wells and Ja’Kenya Hoskins only made brief cameos so they could remain eligible for extended duty in the varsity game.

That forced CHS coach Amy King to shuffle her roster, and she did, patching together a variety of lineups, while giving Morgan Stevens her first career start.

The high-energy freshman brought a nice intensity to the defensive side of the ball, as did her fellow hustlers like Lily Leedy and Alana Mihill.

Much of Coupeville’s offense came courtesy Anya Leavell, who knocked down eight points with a variety of sweet moves.

She went coast to coast for one bucket, had a pair of baskets on plays where she rolled hard to the hoop, lofting the ball up and over her defender’s fingertips, then capped things with a pull-up jumper.

The game’s best bucket came from Audrianna Shaw, who threw down a wicked mini-hook shot on the move, slicing off a chunk of the backboard before finding pay-dirt.

With the game tied 6-6 after one quarter, Coupeville said farewell to Hoskins. Then, trailing just 18-16 at the half, it was time to bid adieu to Wells.

That gave Granite a chance to bang the ball inside to its big players — one Tiger was six-foot in her socks and camped out all game right beneath the rim — and use a power game to pull away.

The game took a nasty turn in the final moments when Wolf guard Kiara Contreras was launched skyward during a battle for a rebound, before landing hard, smacking her head on the floor.

To their credit, the Tigers, to a player, came over after the game to check on the scrappy CHS ball-hawk, with the Granite player who inadvertently yanked Contreras off her feet offering profuse apologies.

Leavell’s eight points paced the Wolf scoring attack, with Shaw (4), Mollie Bailey (2), Contreras (2), Wells (2), and Hoskins (2) also scoring.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh played strongly on defense, rising up to reject a Tiger shot while the game was still a one-score affair.

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Morgan Stevens tossed in four points and played inspired defense Tuesday as the Coupeville JV girls basketball team squashed Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First, the great news. Then, the good news.

The top buzz coming out of the world of Coupeville High School JV girls basketball concerns Kylie Chernikoff, who is off her crutches and due back at practice.

One of the hardest-working Wolves in the program, the sophomore has been recovering after hurting her ankle, and her return should deliver a nice jolt to her team’s defense and intangibles.

And, the news gets better, as the team she will be rejoining just shredded visiting Sultan 34-18 Tuesday, capturing its fourth-straight win.

Now 2-0 in North Sound Conference action, 4-3 overall, Amy King’s squad, which has shuffled players all season, is just starting to find its groove.

Imagine if the roster ever solidifies for two games in a row.

No matter which lineup King has to throw at opposing teams, she has multiple weapons at her disposal, as the Turks found out to their great detriment.

Leading from start to finish Tuesday, the Wolves needed just one play to effectively break the collective backs of the Turks.

It came from fab frosh Audrianna Shaw, who rolled around a defender and buried a running hook shot off the glass in the game’s opening moments.

If Sultan thought it still had at least a chance, that quickly vanished, as well.

Anya Leavell, snatching one of her three steals, beat the crowd to the basket, flying coast to coast, while switching hands at the last second. That allowed her to evade a trailing defender and slap the ball home with ease.

From there, it was pretty much all-Coupeville, all-the-time, whether Abby Mulholland was droppin’ jumpers, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Leavell feeding her with great set-up passes, or Morgan Stevens suddenly erupting.

The Wolf freshman, a solid role player who continues to show growth in her first year on the hardwood, had a second-quarter run where she brought her JV teammates, and their varsity counterparts, to their feet.

First, Stevens connected on a jumper, set up by a thread-the-needle pass from Kiara Contreras, then she went big-time, backing down her defender and lofting up a ball that banked off the glass and hit pay-dirt.

Inspired by her play on the offensive end of the floor, Stevens ramped up her game on the defensive end, as well, attacking the Sultan ball-handler and barking out “ball, ball, ball!!” like a new version of Chernikoff.

Up 16-7 at the half, with four different players having scored four points apiece, Coupeville continued to share the ball after the break.

Contreras, in particular, played with real precision, wheeling and dealing with flair while running the point for the Wolves.

Kiara had great selfless passing,” King said. “The highlight of the first half to me was her pass out to Morgan.

“It’s so nice to see these girls finding their teammates.”

Along with her passing, Contreras also showed off a deadly jumper, netting a third-quarter bucket with a ball which barely rippled the net as it dropped through.

Keeping alive the selfless theme of the night, that bucket came off a rebound and kick-out from Hoskins, who made the pass while weighed down by a Turk draped across her back.

Coupeville spread out its scoring, with six of 10 active players landing in the book.

Shaw and Leavell each rattled the rim for 10 points, while Mulholland (6), Stevens (4), Izzy Wells (2), and Contreras (2) also scored.

Mulholland yanked down eight rebounds, Shaw pilfered four steals, and the trio of Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Alana Mihill and Mollie Bailey all contributed defensive scrappiness.

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