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Abby Mulholland tossed in four points Wednesday during a thriller of a JV game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Thriller, part deux.

Playing in the moments after the varsity team escaped with a two-point win Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad decided to up the ante.

The first game ended when the Wolves chased down and corralled a final rebound to seal their victory. So, in the second clash, things got pushed to a final, buzzer-beating shot.

Which, unfortunately for Coupeville, refused to drop.

CHS had the look it wanted, and the shooter it wanted, but the rim proved unforgiving and this time it was Friday Harbor escaping with a 29-27 victory.

“The girls executed the play as drawn, the ball comes in and gets to Kiara (Contreras), who had a defender on her,” said Coupeville coach Amy King. “Perfect pass to Izzy (Wells), who has a perfect-looking shot, hit the rim and just bounced off.

“It was an exciting game,” she added. “Varsity was behind the JV bench chanting “defense” in the loudest volume possible.

“Improvements are happening with every practice and every game, and as long as we continue to work on the little things, we will be just fine.”

The scrappy Wolf young guns, now 0-3 on the young season, opened play minus starting post player Kylie Chernikoff. A ferocious rebounder and defender, she injured her leg earlier in the day.

That left King scrambling to adjust the starting lineup, but the Wolves quickly adapted.

Down 7-6 after one quarter, Coupeville got a couple buckets from Abby Mulholland and a three-ball off the fingertips of Mollie Bailey in the second quarter and flipped the switch.

Tack on a rebound put-back from Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who “was a monster under the basket, making sure the other teams couldn’t just get easy passes or shots,” and the Wolves went to the break up 15-11.

Then things went all higgedly-piggedly for a bit.

“The second half we came out very slow and were forced to call a timeout to bring out the energy,” King said. “Anya (Leavell) and Mollie came out of that timeout and forced good things to happen with some steals and fast breaks.”

Leavell stayed hot in the fourth quarter, raining down seven points in the frame, including a three-ball, and the Wolves battled to the wire, with “both teams trying to get the ball down the court, pressing the ball, causing turnovers.”

While Friday Harbor came out on the positive side of the final score, King came away pleased with a lot of what she saw from her freshman-heavy squad.

Izzy was a steady player the entire game, snagging rebounds, helping with the ball, taking shots and just playing a well-rounded game,” she said.

Kiara, Anya and Mollie took care of defending the top half of the key, with help through the game from Abby, Kylie (Van Velkinburgh), Alana (Mihill) and Lily (Leedy).”

Coupeville’s scoring attack was led by Leavell, who toasted the net for a game-high 11 points, while Mulholland (4), Wells (4), Bailey (3), Van Velkinburgh (2), Hoskins (2), and Contreras (1) also got their name in the book.

Wells hauled down 13 rebounds, Hoskins snatched 12 boards, Leavell and Bailey each notched five steals and Contreras doled out a pair of assists.

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Joey Lippo (John Fisken photo)

Joey Lippo, gunslinger. (John Fisken photo)

Now you can relive the shot of the year again and again.

Coupeville High School junior Joey Lippo put up the final shot of the 2016-2017 Wolf boys basketball season, draining a three-ball from well behind the half-court line at the end of a playoff loss to Bellevue Christian.

The shot, which came on the move, put a sweet cap on a season which had its share of struggles, and provided the first building block for next season and beyond.

Now the shot has surfaced, in all its glory, on YouTube, five seconds of Bow Down to Cow Town in living color.

For your award season consideration:

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Hunter Hammer (left) and Dalton Engle played key roles in the epic win.

Hunter Hammer (left) and Dalton Engle played key roles in the epic win.

It is, arguably, the greatest moment in a long and loud rivalry.

Coupeville and South Whidbey have warred for decades, and being fairly similar in size, are much more natural rivals with each other than with Oak Harbor.

Over the years the Falcons have won their share and the Wolves their share, but one CHS victory stands the tallest.

Jan. 25, 2011 the two schools clashed in a boys’ basketball game in Langley that features the wildest finish ever seen in the long-running rivalry.

South Whidbey was camped atop the Cascade Conference entering the game, riding a 10-game winning streak, only to see Coupeville pull off a rally for the history books.

Ian Smith scored the game’s final eight points, including dropping a trey at the buzzer, to lift the Wolves to a stunning 44-42 win that five-plus years later just grows in epicness.

Now, thanks to my new-found ability to embed video, you can enjoy the moment over and over, courtesy Wolf mom Linda Hammer, who shot and downloaded the clip that still makes South Whidbey weep.

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JJ Johnson drilled three treys Saturday as Coupeville won a thriller. (John Fisken photo)

   JJ Johnson drilled three treys Saturday as Coupeville won a thriller. (John Fisken photos)

Brian Shank teamed with Ty Eck to score 43 points Saturday, fueling a come-from-behind OT win for the Wolf JV.

   Brian Shank teamed with Ty Eck to score 43 points Saturday, fueling a come-from-behind OT win for the Wolf JV.

The game-winning play fromt he varsity game. (Photo courtesy Trent Diamanti)

The game-winning play from the varsity game. (Photo courtesy Trent Diamanti)

Hunter Smith is a killer.

The Coupeville High School sophomore capped a stellar performance Saturday by drilling a game-winning three-ball from the corner at the buzzer, lifting the Wolves to a 54-53 victory at Klahowya.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for CHS and sent them into the postseason with a 9-10 record. Coupeville finished 4-5 in league play.

As the #3 team from the 1A Olympic League, they will open the postseason with a home game next Thursday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is 7 PM.

It will be a loser-out game against Bellevue Christian, the #4 team from the Nisqually League — a team they beat 53-50 very early in the season.

To see the district bracket, pop over to: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=1814&sport=3

Smith’s heroics capped a very close game, as the Eagles were looking to avenge a come-from-behind win by Coupeville just a week ago.

The game was knotted at seven after one, before the Wolves crept ahead 19-17 at the half.

Klahowya immediately turned the tables, using a 15-13 third quarter advantage to tie things up again entering the fourth.

With the game winding down, Coupeville was clinging to a 51-50 lead with 55 seconds to play, but went cold from the field.

Klahowya wasn’t much hotter, but crept back ahead 52-51, only to send Coupeville’s Wiley Hesselgrave to the line with a chance to tie with five ticks left on the clock.

The senior guard, normally the best free-throw shooter on the Wolf roster, missed the front end of a one-and-one, and the Eagles added a free throw of their own to pad the margin to two with 2.9 seconds to play.

During his final time-out, Coupeville coach Anthony Smith turned to his assistant, Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who drew up the game-winning play.

Then the Wolves went out and ran Coach V’s play to perfection, with Risen Johnson taking the in-bounds pass and finding Smith for the dagger.

The trey gave Smith 16 for the night, while Gabe Wynn and JJ Johnson each chipped in with nine. Johnson hit one three-ball for every J in his name.

Jordan Ford banged in the paint for seven, while Hesselgrave (5), Risen Johnson (5), Dante Mitchell (2) and Desmond Bell (1) also scored.

JV wins a thriller as well:

Roaring back in the second half, the young guns forced overtime, then pulled away for a 54-49 win.

The Wolves knotted the game at 45, then controlled the extra period to a 9-4 tune to snap a 10-game losing streak and end their season at 3-14.

Defense was a key, as Coupeville held Klahowya to just 16 second-half points.

That helped them overcome a fairly horrifying night at the free-throw line in which they made just 17 of 55 shots.

Ty Eck hit for 25 to pace the Wolves, while Brian Shank knocked down 18, Gabe Eck rattled the rims for seven and Cameron Toomey-Stout chipped in with four.

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Matthew Kelley (John Fisken photos)

Matthew Kelley lets fly. (John Fisken photos)


Matthew Kelley plunged the dagger in big-time Saturday, as he and his Coupeville SWISH 7th grade boys’ basketball squad pulled off a rally in the final seconds to stun arch-rival South Whidbey.

Kelley scored the game’s final five points, including a buzzer-beating three-ball, to lift the Wolves to a 24-21 win.

The victory improved Coupeville to 2-0 heading into a showdown next weekend with a very strong Mount Vernon Mayhem squad.

After leading for much of the game Saturday, the Wolves fell behind at the worst possible moment.

Down 21-19 with 36 seconds to play, they needed big plays and got them.

Michael Laska, the mighty mite, ripped down a rebound to give the ball back to Coupeville.

After Kelley dropped a quick runner in the key to knot things at 21, the Wolves pressed on the ensuing in-bounds play and disrupted South Whidbey on back-to-back chances.

On the first one, Sage Downes knocked the ball out of bounds.

On the second one, the Falcons threw the ball away, the basketball zinging over the head of a player who turned and clasped his head in frustration.

With the ball in their hands and five ticks on the clock, Coupeville gave the ball to Kelley and he charged straight up-court.

South Whidbey went back on its heels and Kelley went straight up and drilled the wide-open trey, looking a whole lot like Wolf legend Ian Smith when he did the same thing in a high school varsity game at Langley five years ago.

Both shots were game-winners and both shots induced tears in Falcon Nation — a beautiful combo for Wolf fans everywhere.

Kelley paced Coupeville with 13 while Jake Mitten dropped in six.

Hawthorne Wolfe and Daniel Olson added a bucket apiece while Connor Barton rounded out the scoring with a free-throw.

“The boys all played strong,” said Coupeville coach Pat Kelley. “We were just really off until the very end, when it mattered most.”

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