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Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo brings the ball up court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The middle section was a killer.

After dropping some buckets early Friday, the Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad hit a 13-minute scoreless stretch from the start of the second quarter deep into the third frame.

That hurt the young Wolves, allowing host Mount Vernon Christian to pull away, with the Hurricanes eventually claiming a 42-17 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 2-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-6 overall.

Kassie O’Neil’s squad will get a chance to bounce right back, however, with three games on next week’s schedule.

The Wolf JV travels with the varsity to Concrete Tuesday, then makes a solo jaunt back to Mount Vernon Thursday, when they’ll play the town’s 3A public school.

A home game next Friday night against Friday Harbor wraps a busy week of hardwood action.

Facing off with MVC, the Wolves got scoring from four different players in the opening quarter, though their hosts were red-hot and rolling, claiming a 19-7 lead.

Things got much more defense orientated after that, with the Hurricanes putting up the only six points scored in the second quarter.

By the time Coupeville got the rim to accept a gift, it was down 33-7 with a hair under three minutes to play in the third period.

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo rolled inside hard for a bucket to break the team’s scoring drought, with a set-up pass from Reese Wilkinson, who snagged an offensive rebound.

The Wolves closed strongly, getting buckets from Skylar Parker and Marcos-Cabrillo down the stretch, while Kierra Thayer bounded into the air to pick off a Hurricane pass.

The Wolf bench watches the action in a recent game.

Marcos-Cabrillo paced the Wolves with a team-high eight points, while Wilkinson knocked down four, and Skylar Parker rattled the rims for three.

Teagan Calkins and Jada Heaton each slipped a free throw through the net to round out the scoring, while Bryley Gilbert, Brynn Parker, Kassidy Upchurch, Liza Zustiak, and Desi Ramirez-Vasquez also saw floor time.

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Wolf junior Logan Downes is a single point shy of averaging 25 a night through 13 games. (Bailey Thule photo)

The nets continue to pop.

Another week of games is in the books, and Coupeville High School basketball players are keeping scorekeepers busy.

The Wolves are up to 1,798 points across the 2022-2023 season with three players — Logan Downes, Alex Murdy, and Alita Blouin — having topped double figures.

There’s still plenty of games left, and plenty of points to add to the total, but let’s take a quick break to marinate in what’s already happened.

Season scoring stats:


Girls Varsity
(11 games):

Alita Blouin – 107
Maddie Georges – 63
Ryanne Knoblich – 53
Lyla Stuurmans – 48
Gwen Gustafson – 42
Katie Marti – 30
Carolyn Lhamon – 21
Mia Farris – 12
Jada Heaton – 2
Madison McMillan – 2


Girls JV
(9 games):

Madison McMillan – 77
Kierra Thayer – 47
Jada Heaton – 25
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez – 25
Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo – 24
Reese Wilkinson – 19
Teagan Calkins – 17
Liza Zustiak – 10
Kayla Arnold – 9
Bryley Gilbert – 8
Brynn Parker – 4
Skylar Parker – 3
Kassidy Upchurch – 2


Boys Varsity
(13 games):

Logan Downes – 324
Alex Murdy – 127
Nick Guay – 80
Cole White – 74
Jonathan Valenzuela – 52
Ryan Blouin – 43
Dominic Coffman – 35
Chase Anderson – 21
Jermiah Copeland – 5
Mikey Robinett – 4
William Davidson – 3
Zane Oldenstadt – 2
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 2


Boys JV
(8 games):

Hunter Bronec – 65
Chase Anderson – 63
Aiden O’Neill – 60
Jack Porter – 42
Camden Glover – 38
Johnny Porter – 34
Hurlee Bronec – 28
Landon Roberts – 17
Malachi Somes – 17
Mikey Robinett – 6
Carson Field – 4
Yohannon Sandles – 2

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Wolf hoops stars Reese Wilkinson (45) and Kierra Thayer (32) battle for control of the paint. (Jackie Saia photo)

Welcome to the Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo experience.

The Coupeville High School foreign exchange student entered Christmas break as a cheerleader and emerged from it a fully formed basketball sensation.

Making her hardwood debut for the Wolf JV Wednesday, Marcos-Cabrillo threw down a team-high 11 points, sparking Kassie O’Neil’s squad to a 39-36 win over visiting Granite Falls.

The non-conference win, coming in Coupeville’s first girls’ hoops game since Dec. 17, lifts the Wolves to 3-3 on the season.

Next up for the young guns is a home game Friday against Orcas Island, in what will be the team’s first league clash.

Wednesday’s return to the floor was a tense, back-and-forth affair capped by Marcos-Cabrillo going off for back-to-back breakaway buckets, followed by Liza Zustiak proving her chops as a stone-cold killer.

The Wolf freshman nailed a long pullup jumper, her feet just inside the three-point arc, staking the Wolves to a 39-34 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

While Granite Falls did tickle the twines for a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play, the Tigers could get no closer thanks to a ferocious Wolf defense.

Teagan Calkins went airborne to pick off a pass, and multiple Coupeville players slammed into the floor to fight over a loose ball as the clock madly ticked away.

Given a final chance to tie, thanks to a questionable decision by the refs, Granite Falls bounced its one, and only, three-ball attempt of the night off the top of the backboard.

The furious finale arrived some two hours after a surprise opener, with Marcos-Cabrillo trading her cheerleader outfit for a basketball jersey, joining the hardwood starting five to the great delight of her former cheer teammates.

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo made her Coupeville basketball debut Wednesday, and immediately wowed Wolf Nation. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville fell behind early, trailing 6-0 until Madison McMillan and Kierra Thayer got rolling.

The duo combined for all the buckets during a 10-0 run, changing the flow of the game.

With McMillan crashing hard through the paint en route to three baskets, and Thayer using her long arms to snatch a pair of offensive boards and put them back up and in, the Wolves were on the move.

Marcos-Cabrillo netted her first points as a Wolf on a steal and breakaway bucket, but Granite Falls refused to go down easy.

The Tigers actually regained the lead at 14-12 right before the end of the first quarter, before Coupeville once again went on a tear.

The Wolves opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, with McMillan, Reese Wilkinson, Calkins, and Jada Heaton all scoring, and never gave the lead back.

Granite hung around, staying within 24-22 at the half, and tying the game at 30-30 with under a minute to play in the third quarter.

But sparked by their defense, whether it was Kassidy Upchurch pulling down multiple rebounds or Kayla Arnold and Desi Ramirez-Vasquez frustrating Tiger ballhandlers, the Wolves had an answer at every turn.

CHS closed the third quarter with an exclamation point, as Thayer fired a half-court outlet pass onto the fingertips of a rumblin’ McMillan, who sliced ‘n diced the defense for a layup.

The ball hit glass, then dropped sweetly through mere moments before the buzzer sang the song of its people, setting off a celebration down the Wolf bench.

The good times continued from there, with Marcos-Cabrillo and Zustiak sticking in the final daggers for a win fueled by rock-solid effort from every player on the active roster.

McMillan banked in 10 to go with Marcos-Cabrillo’s 11-point debut, while Thayer (6), Heaton (4), Calkins (4), Zustiak (2), and Wilkinson (2) also scored.

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