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Chelsea Prescott is killin’ it in “home school.” Come with us as she replaces toilets and much more. (Photos courtesy Josie Prescott)

Attention to detail, always.

Power washing the house after lunch.

Got a car issue? Prescott also worked on the brakes after this.

Swinging by home ec to show off her cake skills.

If we end up in an apocalyptic wasteland, all hail our new leader!

Apparently Chelsea Prescott can do it all.

As an athlete, the Coupeville High School junior has been at the forefront every step of the way.

Back in her middle school days, she once accidentally smashed a volleyball off a rival’s face with so much fury, school Athletic Director Willie Smith had to bring out the really big towel to deal with all the blood on the floor.

In little league, she passed on softball, chose baseball, and said “Give me the dang ball, coach!” and was her team’s best pitcher.

Through three years of high school, nothing has changed, as Prescott has been a stellar star on Wolf volleyball, basketball, and softball squads, helping take the spikers and diamond queens to state.

Now, with schools shut down and sports put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone has had to scramble to adjust.

When it comes to the new homeschooling, few have made the transition with as much flair as Prescott.

Instead of just doing a little math here, and some history there, she’s jumped feet-first into hands-on learning, from changing brakes to removing and replacing a toilet.

If this is the start of the apocalypse, you all might want to get on Chelsea’s good side now before you have to wander the wastelands.

Cause it’s pretty dang obvious which one of us in this town is built to survive the longest.

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Senior sharpshooter Scout Smith rattled the rims for 13 Friday as Coupeville bounced arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were a two-woman wrecking crew.

Outscoring South Whidbey by themselves Friday, Scout Smith and birthday girl Chelsea Prescott torched the nets for 13 points apiece, lifting the Coupeville High School varsity girls hoops squad to a major rivalry win.

Getting stronger as the night went on, the Wolves rolled to a 34-25 road win in Langley, improving to 3-1 in North Sound Conference action.

Now 8-3 overall, Coupeville won by clamping down on defense, hitting some key three-balls, and overcoming another shaky night at the free throw line.

The Wolves connected on just 3-12 at the charity stripe, continuing a season-long struggle, but made up for it in every other facet of the game.

On the day she celebrated her 17th birthday, Prescott had the hot hand early, banking in five points in the opening quarter to stake CHS to a 10-8 lead.

From there, the Wolves steadily pulled away, using 10-4 and 10-6 surges across the next two frames to build a 30-18 lead heading into the fourth.

Prescott continued to bang away on the offensive end, while her senior running mate found life fun behind the three-point arc.

Smith drained a pair of three-balls in the second quarter, then came back for another trey in the third, offering up something South Whidbey had no answers for on this night.

With their twin 13-point efforts, both of Coupeville’s shooting stars continue to climb up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, which covers 1974-2020.

Smith, now with 239 points, jumps from #50 to #46, passing Mikayla Elfrank (227), Ema Smith (228), Hilary Kortuem (231), and Breeanna Messner (235).

Prescott, just a junior, has tallied 224 points as a high school player, and is on the cusp of also breaking into the Top 50.

She moved from #54 to #51 Friday, elbowing past Beth Mouw (216), Lisa Roehl (216), and Annette Jameson (223).

Coupeville also got scoring from Avalon Renninger (4), Maddie Georges (2), and Hannah Davidson (2) Friday, while Carolyn Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Tia Wurzrainer, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh saw floor time.

Renninger reached a milestone of her own, as her final point of the night, a third-quarter free throw, was the 100th of her career.

Friday’s win kicked off a five-game road trip for the Wolves, who are scheduled to play three times next week.

CHS travels to Granite Falls Monday, Cedar Park Christian Friday, and Port Townsend Saturday.

The first and third games are make-up games after snow and wind, respectively, got in the way the first time around.

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Chelsea Prescott emerges victorious from a wild scrum. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin sizes up a free throw.

Mollie Bailey looks for an opening in the defense.

Heidi Meyers offers tips to CHS coach Scott Fox.

Gwen Gustafson, a second before she starts breakin’ ankles.

Audrianna Shaw clamps down on defense.

Hannah Davidson rolls hard to the hoop.

The Wolf varsity, ready to rock ‘n roll.

The nets were on fire, and so was the cameraman.

Wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken worked the sidelines at Tuesday’s Coupeville High School girls basketball games, as both he and the Wolves got back into the flow of the season.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are just the start of what he shot.

To see all the snaps, and perhaps ponder buying some glossies for presents, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2019-2020/GBB-2020-01-07-vs-CPC/

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Scout Smith scored 12 points Saturday to pace Coupeville’s varsity in a brawl with Nooksack Valley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Survive playing against the best, and you will likely prosper.

Saturday afternoon wasn’t exactly fun for the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad, but it should help prepare them for the road ahead.

Playing against a very-dangerous Nooksack Valley team, the Wolves battled almost evenly on the scoreboard in the second half, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit and fell 52-30 on their home floor.

The non-conference loss snaps a five-game winning streak and sends Coupeville into winter break carrying a 6-2 record on the season.

When the Wolves return to action Jan. 3, they’ll travel to Chimacum for one more non-league tune-up, before playing their final eight regular season games against North Sound Conference foes.

CHS, at 1-0 in league play, is currently tied with Cedar Park Christian atop the six-team conference standings.

Saturday’s game, coming against a top-notch 1A school which lives and thrives in a brutal 1A/2A/3A mega-conference, was always going to be one of the toughest games on Coupeville’s schedule.

But, like the saying goes, you have to beat the best to be the best.

Or, in this case, go toe-to-toe (and chest-to-chest) with the best to get better.

The chests in question belonged to Wolf freshman guard Maddie Georges and the poor Pioneer she obliterated on the game’s best play.

Senior point guard Scout Smith had the ball for Coupeville, and was looking for a slice of daylight to make a dash to the hoop.

Enter Georges, who delivered “The Screen o’ Death,” giving her older teammate room to rumble.

Some screens are half-hearted. Some screens are held for .00002 of a second, then forgotten about. Some screens arrive too late.

This screen, set by a scrappy frosh, was none of those things.

Georges slid into place and held fast, absorbing the collision and dropping the incoming, oblivious Pioneer flat on her butt, sending her sliding several feet across the shiny hardwood.

In a game which Coupeville lost, in a game against very strong competition, it was plays like that one, maybe only noticed by a handful of viewers, which speak the loudest.

Combine that with some smart, explosive scoring moves by seasoned pros SmithChelsea Prescott, and Avalon Renninger, and there was a lot to like about how the Wolves played.

The only problem is, Nooksack is a battle-hardened team which jumps on every mistake, no matter how small, and can turn one error into two or three quick buckets before the tide can be stemmed.

And that’s hard to counter.

Case in point, the first quarter, as Coupeville fell behind 6-0, then got a jolt to the nervous system when Izzy Wells came amblin’ up court, slid to the outside and drained a beauty of a three-ball from the left side.

The ball had barely finished rippling through the net, with the crowd’s screams still rising, and BAM, Nooksack answered with a three-ball of its own, followed by a steal and some ensuing free throws.

Wells slapped home a layup, off of Coupeville breaking the Pioneer press, but then WHAM, Nooksack stole an inbounds pass, turning the interception into a layup in one silky-smooth motion.

That was the tone of the game – the Wolves worked hard, pulled off a solid play, only to be gutted as Nooksack answered with an immediate hail of points.

Smith scorched the net for a three-ball from the side with just a few ticks left on the clock in the first quarter, but the Pioneers answered with their own trey to close the frame, then ran off 10 straight points to open the second.

Nooksack’s final bucket during that game-busting surge came off of a steal and breakaway, pushing the lead out to 26-8, but it also marked the end of the Pioneer domination.

From that moment on, the Wolves buckled down, and held their own over the final 2.5 quarters, hanging within 26-22 over the final 20 minutes.

Prescott stood tall, draining several pull-up jumpers with arms in her face, while Smith threw down three consecutive buckets during a 6-0 run of her own in the third quarter.

The middle one of that trio of baskets joined George’s “Screen o’ Death” as the other standout play of the game.

Looking for someone to inbound the ball to, Prescott suddenly reared back and, recalling her days as a baseball star in little league, hucked a full-court pass.

Out ahead of the defense, Smith never broke stride, hauling in the pass like older brother’s Hunter and CJ once did on the gridiron, before curving back inside and pounding home the layup.

Toss in a pretty dang gorgeous curling layup from Renninger, quality work on the boards from elbow-flingin’ freshman Carolyn Lhamon, and nice hustle from all involved, and the Wolves have little reason to hang their heads.

Coupeville is a good team, potentially a very good one, and it just ran into a well-seasoned, strongly-coached squad which should hold its own in their juggernaut of a league.

A loss is a loss, but some are better than others, and this very much lands in the category of a “good” loss.

Smith paced the Wolves with a team-high 12 points, taking her career total to 221 and counting.

She passed Linda Cheshier (210), Lisa Roehl (216), and Beth Mouw (216) on the all-time Wolf girls scoring chart, and is a bucket shy of tying Annette Jameson (223) for 50th place with a program which started in 1974.

Smith is not the only CHS player on the cusp of getting historical, however.

Prescott banged home seven to back her up, and, with 192 career points, is close to cracking the 200-point barrier herself.

Renninger and Wells rounded out Saturday’s scoring attack, with six and five points, respectively, while Anya Leavell, Mollie Bailey, Hannah Davidson, Georges, Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh also saw floor time.

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Chelsea Prescott hit a key three-ball Tuesday to spark a 16-0 fourth quarter run which carried the Coupeville varsity to a come-from-behind win in Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You could hear the desperation in the announcer’s voices, and it was delicious.

Sultan High School broadcasts many of its home athletic contests across the internet on TurkTV, and the final quarter of Tuesday night’s varsity girls basketball game against visiting Coupeville was right there, live on YouTube, when I arrived home after the Wolf boys finished play in their own gym.

It was, for all CHS fans, eight minutes of brilliantly-scripted television.

For the Sultan announcers, it was, apparently, like taking that moment when you realize you left your parachute back in the airplane, then stretching it out for all eternity.

Playing with fiery intensity, Coupeville’s hoops stars erupted for a game-ending 16-0 run, turning a five-point deficit into an electrifying 39-28 win in their league opener.

Now 6-1 overall, 1-0 in North Sound Conference play, with five straight wins to their credit, the Wolves danced off the floor.

The Turk announcers pleaded for a stop which would never arrive, veered off into a game of “blame the refs” while their team tossed up brick after brick in the waning moments, then went dead silent.

It was kind of beautiful.

And, while he probably didn’t hear the broadcasters, what with being busy on the bench and all, CHS coach Scott Fox was similarly aglow as he headed back to the bus.

“The comeback of all comebacks!” he exclaimed.

On a night when his team couldn’t buy a bucket for long stretches of the game, in a game where the Wolves fell behind almost by double-digits, at a moment when the odds looked long, Fox’s crew came through.

Big time.

“Down by eight with no offense, we turned up the defensive pressure and pulled out a great win,” Fox said.

Hannah (Davidson) was huge in the middle, Scout (Smith) was big, and Chelsea (Prescott) hit an amazing three to start our run,” he added. “It was awesome to be part of a comeback like that.”

When they stepped back onto the floor to begin the fourth quarter, the Wolves trailed 28-23 and they needed a spark.

Two free throws from Davidson shaved the lead down, but it was the next two trips down the floor, when CHS delivered back-to-back roundhouse punches, which really broke Sultan’s spirit.

First, Avalon Renninger jumped in front of a Turk pass, then fed Smith for a breakaway layup, before Prescott, one eyebrow arched ever so slightly, drilled the bottom out of the net on her three-ball.

As the basketball flipped the net upwards as it dropped through, the Wolf bench went bonkers, while the Sultan crowd (and the TurkTV announcers) wailed and gnashed all of their teeth.

All of them, I said. All of them.

Back in front, the Wolves got progressively nastier on defense, picking off passes and forcing shot clock violations, then coming down and converting off of the extra chances.

Even better, a Coupeville team which has struggled a bit at the free throw line in the early part of the season, seems to have solved that issue.

At least for one night, as the Wolves netted 19 freebies, including nine in the final quarter.

Seven of Coupeville’s final nine points in the game came thanks to well-deserved trips to the charity stripe, with the prettiest make being a Renninger shot which bounced straight up into the sky, touched the heavens, then dropped back through with a happy lil’ plop.

The comeback capped a game which went back and forth in the early going.

Coupeville led 10-9 at the first break, then trailed 21-14 at the half as its offense sputtered a bit in the second quarter.

A 9-7 mini-run in the third, with Prescott leading the way, helped set up what would be a sweet finale.

The Wolves, as they have done all season, spread out the offensive love, with Smith hitting for a game-high 12 points.

The senior captain passed a personal milestone Tuesday, becoming just the 56th girl to score 200 points in the history of CHS girls basketball, which runs from 1974 to today.

With 209 career points and counting, Smith sits #54 all-time, 14 points away from cracking the Top 50.

Tuesday night she was backed up by Davidson (9), Prescott (8), freshman Maddie Georges (4), Renninger (4), and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (2).

Coupeville has two more games this week, but won’t play another league game until January.

The Wolves travel to Port Townsend Thursday, host Nooksack Valley Saturday, then are off 12 days for winter break.

When they return to action, the CHS girls have one more non-conference game Jan. 3 at Chimacum, then play eight straight league games to cap the regular season.

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