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Cole White delivers another bucket. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells rifles a pass to Maddie Georges.

The non-conference rivalries are back.

As well as full schedules.

Looking ahead to the winter season, when the one true sport, basketball, takes hold of Coupeville, those are the first two things of note.

After playing a pared-down schedule due to Covid, the Wolf hoops teams are set to return to a much more normal reality this time around.

Hopefully.

The ongoing pandemic is still affecting things, often forcing scheduling changes and a flexible attitude for coaches, players, administrators, and fans.

But for now things look decent, with Oak Harbor and South Whidbey both back on the schedule, and Coupeville’s teams set to attend a mid-season tourney in Port Townsend.

How things sit, as of today — seven weeks out from the season opener.

(*) = league game; times are JV first, varsity second.

 

GIRLS:

Sat-Dec. 4 — Forks (2:30/1:00)
Fri-Dec. 10 — Darrington (*) (7:00/5:15)
Sat-Dec. 11 — @ Orcas Island (*) (3:00/1:30)
Tues-Dec. 14 — @ Concrete (*) (7:30/6:00)
Fri-Dec. 17 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (*) (3:00/6:00)
Sat-Dec. 18 — @ South Whidbey (1:00/2:45)
Wed-Dec. 29 — @ Port Townsend Tourney (TBD)
Thur-Dec. 30 — @ Port Townsend Tourney (TBD)
Tues-Jan. 4 — La Conner (*) (7:00/5:15)
Thur-Jan. 6 — @ Friday Harbor (*) (6:00/4:30)
Sat-Jan. 8 — Orcas Island (*) (2:30/1:00)
Tues-Jan. 11 — Mount Vernon Christian (*) (7:00/5:15)
Sat-Jan. 15 — Sultan (1:00/2:45)
Tues-Jan. 18 — @ Darrington (*) (3:00/6:00)
Thur-Jan. 20 — Concrete (*) (7:00/5:15)
Sat-Jan. 22 — South Whidbey (1:00/2:45)
Mon-Jan. 24 — @ Forks (5:00/3:30)
Fri-Jan. 28 — Friday Harbor (*) (5:30/4:00)
Tues-Feb. 1 — @ La Conner (*) (4:30/7:00)

 

BOYS:

Tues-Nov. 30 — Oak Harbor (5:15/7:00)
Sat-Dec. 4 — Forks (1:00/2:30)
Fri-Dec. 10 — Darrington (*) (5:15/7:00)
Sat-Dec. 11 — @ Orcas Island (*) (3:30/5:00)
Tues-Dec. 14 — @ Concrete (*) (6:00/7:30)
Fri-Dec. 17 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (*) (4:30/7:30)
Sat-Dec. 18 — South Whidbey (1:00/2:45)
Wed-Dec. 29 — @ Port Townsend Tourney (TBD)
Sat-Dec. 30 — @ Port Townsend Tourney (TBD)
Tues-Jan. 4 — La Conner (*) (5:15/7:00)
Thur-Jan. 6 — @ Friday Harbor (*) (4:30/6:00)
Sat-Jan. 8 — Orcas Island (*) (1:00/2:30)
Tues-Jan. 11 — Mount Vernon Christian (*) (5:15/7:00)
Sat-Jan. 15 — @ Sultan (1:00/2:45)
Tues-Jan. 18 — @ Darrington (*) (4:30/7:30)
Thur-Jan. 20 — Concrete (*) (5:15/7:00)
Sat-Jan. 22 — @ South Whidbey (1:00/2:45)
Mon-Jan. 24 — @ Forks (3:30/5:00)
Fri-Jan. 28 — Friday Harbor (*) (4:00/5:30)
Tues-Feb. 1 — @ La Conner (*) (4:30/7:30)

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone is 4-0 as a professional basketball player. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

Damian Lillard, watch your back.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone drained her first three-ball as a pro Saturday, part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance which helped the Leicester Riders remain undefeated in Women’s British Basketball League action.

Coming off three straight wins in the WBBL Cup, the Riders opened regular-season play against the Nottingham Wildcats, and escaped with a 55-53 win.

Trailing by five points entering the fourth quarter, Leicester went with a unit which included Stone to kick off the final frame, and it paid off.

The former Wolf netted her trey with 8:18 to play, pulling the Riders back within 45-41.

A Stone jumper with 2:18 on the clock slashed the deficit to 50-49, before Chelsea Jennings put the Riders ahead with a layup.

Nottingham responded, though, draining its own three-ball to reclaim the lead, before Leicester gunner Hannah Robb knotted the game at 53-53 with just 34 seconds to play.

The Wildcats had a chance to win the game, but clanked their final shot, then committed the cardinal sin of fouling Leicester’s Anna Lappenkuper at the buzzer.

The Rider guard drained both free throws to cap the wild come-from-behind road win, lifting Leicester to 1-0, or 4-0 — depending on how you want to look at it.

Stone, who has been getting quality minutes off the bench in her inaugural pro season, has racked up 26 points, 29 rebounds, six assists, and a steal through the first four games.

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Makana Stone warms up Wednesday before playing in her third professional basketball game in Britain. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

She hasn’t lost as a pro.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone and the Leicester Riders thunked the Cardiff Met Archers 77-46 Wednesday in Women’s British Basketball League action, claiming their third-straight win to open the season.

With the victory, the Riders take top honors in their group at the WBBL Cup and advance to the semifinals, where they’ll square off with the Newcastle Eagles.

The London Lions and Sheffield Hatters play in the other half of the draw, with both games to be played at a still-to-be-determined date.

Leicester is the defending WBBL Cup champs, though this is Stone’s first go-around in the event.

The former Wolf came off the bench Wednesday to pile up five points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 20.5 minutes of action.

Stone played the most of any Riders bench player.

Using a stifling defense, Leicester jumped all over Cardiff Met, turning a string of turnovers into quick buckets as it jumped out to a 25-8 lead by the first break.

The Riders took a slight step back in the second frame, but still led 39-24 at the half, before shoving things back out to 54-32 heading into the fourth.

Leicester put five players into double-digit scoring in the rout, with Louise Rouse and Brooklynn Mcalear-Fanus pacing the Riders with 14 points apiece.

Through three pro games, Stone has racked up 17 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and a steal.

With a break in WBBL Cup action, Leicester opens the regular season Oct. 2, when it plays the Nottingham Wildcats.

 

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Makana Stone snagged 10 rebounds Sunday as she and her team rolled to a big win in Wales. (Photo property of Leicester Riders)

Two games, two wins.

Playing in her second professional basketball contest in as many days, Coupeville’s Makana Stone went for six points, 10 rebounds, and two assists Sunday as the Leicester Riders bounced Gloucester City 81-46.

The Women’s British Basketball League is kicking off the season with the WBBL Cup, and Sunday’s victory, coming in Wales, lifts the Riders to 2-0 in pool play.

Leicester returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 29 against Cardiff Met, which is also 2-0. The winner takes Group C and advances to the semifinals of the 13-team tourney.

Sunday, the Riders jumped on Gloucester City from the start and never relented.

Up 15-7 after one quarter of play, Leicester stretched the lead to 35-14 at the half, and 55-27 headed into the fourth.

Stone came off the bench to play a team-high 27.5 minutes, and seven of her 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Leicester dominated on the boards, winning the battle to a crisp 65-42 tune, while holding Gloucester City to an ice-cold 23% shooting percentage from the field.

Through two games as a paid player, the former Wolf has racked up 12 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists.

Leicester put four players into double-digit scoring Sunday, with Louise Rouse leading the way with 14 points.

Katie Januszewska (12), Anna Lappenkuper (12), and Oceana Hamilton (11) also filled up the stat sheet for the Riders.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone continues to light up the European basketball scene. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

She’s bonafide.

Makana Stone became Coupeville’s first professional athlete in decades (maybe ever?) Saturday, making her debut with the Leicester Riders of the Women’s British Basketball League.

And she got a win to put the cherry on top.

With Stone coming off the bench to pop for six points, haul in five rebounds, and dish out an assist, the Riders bounced the Oaklands Wolves 57-48 in Wales.

The game was the first of at least three games Leicester will play in the 13-team WBBL Cup.

The Riders clash with Gloucester City Sunday, then play Cardiff Met Sept. 29.

If Stone and Co. finish atop Group C, they advance to the semifinals of the tourney.

The regular season kicks off Oct. 3.

Saturday’s game marked a bit of a twist for Stone, as she came off the bench for the Riders after being a starter for almost every game while playing four years of high school ball and five college seasons across two countries.

She ended up playing almost 17 minutes, second-most of any bench player, and finished with a +/- rating of 12, best of any Leicester player, starter or bench.

Stone poured in all six of her points in the fourth quarter, as the Riders stretched a three-point lead after three frames out to nine by the end of the game.

A jump shot which tickled the twines at the 7:43 mark was her first official professional points, then was quickly followed by a layup, and a pair of pressure-packed free throws.

Anna Lappenkuper and Hannah Robb paced Leicester with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

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