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Chelsea Prescott had seven points, three rebounds and four assists in the first half of Friday’s win, then survived a scary fall in the second. (Amy King photo)

Lindsey Roberts pumped in a career-high 24 points at Concrete, lifting her from #28 to #25 on the all-time CHS girls scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense has ignited.

Two nights after scoring its most points in a game in nearly three years, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team went right back out and proved it wasn’t a fluke occurrence.

After dropping 50 points Wednesday at South Whidbey, the Wolves bettered that Friday in Concrete, shredding the Lions 53-26.

The non-conference win, Coupeville’s third victory in its last four games, lifts it to 3-4 on the season.

The victory capped a “crazy evening” in which senior Lindsey Roberts singed the nets for a career-high 24 points and sophomore starter Chelsea Prescott survived a scary fall.

Fighting for a third-quarter rebound, Prescott, who was filling up the stat sheet all night, got rocked during a multi-player scrum.

Chelsea got the short end of the stick on the play,” said Coupeville coach David King. “She was bent backwards and laid there on the court as the Lions headed the other way.

“She stayed down and we called for any medical personnel that happened to be at the game.”

After being attended to on the floor (Coupeville boys assistant coach Scott Fox and Wolf parents Jon Roberts and Charlie Smith, all with extensive medical backgrounds, were on scene), Prescott was transported to the hospital.

While pictures showing her in a neck brace raised a great deal of concern, the young Wolf star aced her x-rays, emerging from the evening battered but generally upbeat.

“She was checked out and headed home, to the relief of all,” King said. “She is sore, but doing much better.”

Prescott’s injury underscored how rough and tumble things were at times Friday night.

“The game was physical, and we held our own,” King said. “I am proud of how the players came out of the injury to Chelsea and refocused on the game.

“We played smarter and determined from that point on.”

Roberts, who is moving up the CHS career scoring chart in big bursts of late, was locked-in from the opening tip.

She rumbled for 11 of her 24 points in the first quarter, more than doubling Concrete’s output as the Wolves surged to an 18-5 lead.

With Prescott and Ema Smith dropping in four apiece in the second quarter, Coupeville showed no desire to let up, stretching its advantage to 24 by the halftime break.

The second half, which was stretched out by a 30-minute delay as Prescott was attended to, was much closer, but the Wolves never wavered.

Coupeville was able to give its bench, primarily its swing players, plenty of floor time in the fourth quarter, with Izzy Wells knocking down a late three-ball to top things off.

Heading into a North Sound Conference match-up Tuesday at home with Sultan, the lop-sided road victory gives the suddenly-surging Wolves a nice jolt of confidence.

“A good win,” King said. “And, more importantly, Chelsea came away without a severe or serious injury.”

With her 24 points, which were just eight shy of the school’s single-game record for female players (32 by Judy Marti in 1983), Roberts rises from #28 to #25 on the career scoring chart.

With 375 points and counting, she passes Amy Mouw (353), Whitney Clark (359) and Katie Smith (374).

Prescott rattled the rim for seven points before her injury, while Avalon Renninger banked home seven and Ema Smith tickled the twines for another six.

Scout Smith (4), Wells (3) and Nicole Laxton (2) all chipped in to the offensive assault, with Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Hannah Davidson, Tia Wurzrainer, and Mollie Bailey also seeing floor time.

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Coupeville sophomore Chelsea Prescott collected seven points, five rebounds and three assists on opening night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“They played like it was a track meet, when we wanted it to be more like a tractor pull.”

When Coupeville could slow down the game the way coach David King wanted Tuesday night, the Wolf varsity girls basketball squad held its own with visiting Meridian.

But the Trojans, a tall, quick, highly-efficient squad coming off a 20-win season and a trip to the 1A state tourney, ultimately dictated the pace in both team’s season opener, pulling away for a 60-32 non-conference win.

While the score looks a little lopsided, the Wolves, who were missing a key starter and fielding a roster in transition, hung tough through much of the first half.

Senior captain Ema Smith, who didn’t have enough practices in the books to be eligible on opening night, spent the game keeping stats instead of throwing down on the court.

When she returns to action Saturday, she’ll join a young, fairly raw Wolf team.

Freshman Izzy Wells, sophomore Mollie Bailey and junior Tia Wurzrainer played in a varsity hoops game for the first time Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Prescott, Avalon Renninger, Nicole Laxton and Hannah Davidson all moved into much-bigger roles than they had previously played.

With Ema Smith out, that left fellow captains Lindsey Roberts and Scout Smith as the only Wolves on the floor with extensive varsity experience.

And while the veteran duo were front and center all night, Coupeville got immediate contributions from everyone on the roster, something that pleased their coach.

“They didn’t show nerves or jitters, which is nice,” King said. “I’m so pleased with our effort; they don’t back down and give our team and their teammates 100% effort.”

Showing no fear, the Wolves charged right at the heart of the Trojan defense, repeatedly pushing the ball inside as they were hacked by 1,001 hands.

“They took the ball hard to the hole and they didn’t shy away from contact,” King said, with a note of pride in his voice.

Coupeville ultimately shot 28 free throws, making 16 of them, and had more points on charity shots than on field goals until a game-closing put-back on an offensive rebound by Roberts evened the Wolves’ scoring totals.

The first quarter belonged to free throws, and to Prescott, “who kept us in the game in the first half.”

Prescott scored Coupeville’s first five points of the season, capping things with a three-point play the hard way to pull the Wolves within 6-5 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

While CHS never led during the game, it stayed within a bucket of Meridian in the first quarter, with two free throws from Scout Smith cutting the margin to 11-9 headed into the first break.

Moments before those shots, Davidson dropped a beauty of a shot, taking a quick pass from Prescott, then hopping to the side and banking home the ball high off the glass.

Meridian began to pull away in the second quarter, using two runs in which it forced Coupeville to play at a faster speed than it wanted.

That led to some bobbled balls, a few errant passes, and a turnover or three which the Trojans converted into quick buckets.

The first time Meridian started to pull away, the Wolves responded, using a 5-0 surge to cut the margin back down to 21-17 midway through the second quarter.

What would turn out to be Coupeville’s final sustained offensive stand consisted of a Prescott free throw, Laxton ripping a rebound loose and smashing home a bucket and Scout Smith getting artful.

The junior point guard snatched up a ball in the back court, led a merry chase the length of the court, then switched hands at the last second before slapping home a running layup with two Meridian players draped over her back.

And yet, that was one of the few times in which the hack-happy Trojans were NOT whistled for a foul.

While the layup from “Scoutosaurus Rex” brought Wolf fans to the edge of their seats and seemed to signal the night would be a knock-down, drag-out brawl, Meridian had other ideas.

Pushing the gas pedal through the floor, the Trojans used their speed advantage to reel off a 10-0 run over the next 90 seconds or so, shoving the lead into double-digit territory for the first time.

A couple more free throws (what else?) from Roberts and Prescott pulled CHS back within 31-20 at the half, but Meridian used 11-0 and 8-0 surges in the second-half to derail the Wolves.

Prescott, who had a stellar all-around game, zipped a dandy pass to Laxton for a third-quarter bucket, while Roberts banged away inside for six of her team-high eight points in the fourth, but Meridian never flinched.

Which is exactly what you expect from a team crammed full of battle-hardened seniors, most of whom have state tourney experience.

Roberts, who added five rebounds, two steals and a block, passed the first of what should be a seasons-worth of milestones.

Her second point of the night, which came when she drained a first-quarter free throw, made her just the 35th Wolf girls hoops star to reach 300 career points.

Now sitting at 306, she passed Amanda Fabrizi (299) on the all-time scoring list Tuesday, and is coming up fast on Mia Littlejohn (317) and Marie Grasser (321).

Prescott tallied seven points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in support of Roberts, while Scout Smith (5), Laxton (4), Davidson (4) and Renninger (4) also scored.

Coupeville fought hard on the boards, with its eternal Energizer Bunny, Renninger, hauling down a team-high six caroms.

Davidson snagged five rebounds, Laxton collared four and Wurzrainer, transporting her hard-nosed defensive style from the soccer pitch to the hardwood, pilfered two steals.

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Wolf libero Emma Mathusek got a rare chance to shine at the service stripe Thursday during Coupeville’s three-set rout of Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every woman on deck.

Bouncing back from its first loss of the season with a vengeance, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad thrashed visiting Port Townsend Thursday in a match in which all 11 players saw major floor time.

Two days after falling on the road to King’s, the defending 1A state champs, the Wolves returned home and sailed to a 25-13, 25-14, 25-14 non-league win, kicking their season record to a sweet 6-1.

They get a few days off now before traveling to Sultan Tuesday, Oct. 9 to face a Turks squad which is mired in last-place in the North Sound Conference at 0-4.

That match will mark the halfway point in league play for Coupeville (3-1), which has sole possession of second-place in the six-team conference.

Thursday’s match offered the Wolves a chance to rekindle a rivalry with one of their former mates in the Olympic League, though CHS was not in a charitable mood.

In control from the first serve of the night until the final play, a dazzling hook shot winner thrown down by a suddenly sky-high Scout Smith, Coupeville had plenty of opportunity to experiment, tweak things, and, most importantly, get back that winning feeling.

Even better, they did it while getting swing players Lucy Sandahl, Zoe Trujillo, Maddie Vondrak and Raven Vick their most extensive varsity playing time of the season, and all four came through with big plays.

“I’m excited to see how we adapted with different lineups,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “Everyone on the team has been working really hard in practice, and it was good to get everyone in, and give them an opportunity to show what they can do in live play.”

Coupeville came out firing on all cylinders, with big hitters Emma Smith and Maya Toomey-Stout torching the RedHawks early with ferocious spikes.

With their foes a bit on their heels, the Wolves took advantage, riding a hot streak at the service line from Ashley Menges, who reeled off seven straight points, to blow the lead out to 15-3.

Whitmore mixed things up almost immediately, having three of his swing players serve in the opening set, with a Vick bomb setting up a weak return which Chelsea Prescott promptly whacked into the far corner for a winner.

The second set was more of the same, with Emma Smith dropping a blistering spike for a winner, in between two plays on which she used her height and leaping ability to soar above the net and flick tips in between defenders.

Scout Smith and Menges ran off six points apiece on serve, while Hannah Davidson came bounding out of nowhere on one play to snare the ball with her fingertips and spin it between a pair of RedHawks who both swung and whiffed.

The final frame offered Trujillo and Emma Mathusek a chance to shine at the service line.

Trujillo ripped off four straight serves on which the RedHawks managed to touch (not return) just one, then Mathusek, the hardest-working libero in the biz, got a bit of sweet reward for all her digs and floor burns.

Given the ball and free reign at the line for the first time this season, Mathusek fired off a truly nasty ace which ripped a hole in the court, then her second serve set up Trujillo for a tip winner which froze the defense.

While few of the Wolves spent their usual amount of time on the floor, Toomey-Stout nailed a match-high 12 kills and collected five digs.

Scout Smith, showing off her rapidly-expanding repertoire of sets (including a fair amount of set-ups created while bounding skyward), collected 16 assists to go with five service aces.

Menges (seven aces), Mathusek (six digs), Prescott (four digs), Emma Smith (three kills) and Trujillo (three aces) all chipped in to crafting an extremely-balanced stat sheet.

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Coupeville spikers prepare to take the floor Saturday at the Oak Harbor jamboree. (Charlotte Young photo)

“It was a good first outing, finally playing against someone other than ourselves in scrimmages.”

With the regular-season opener coming up fast, Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore was thrilled to unleash his spikers Saturday at the Oak Harbor jamboree.

Facing a pair of big schools, the small 1A Wolves held their own, sweeping three sets from 4A Cascade and dropping three close sets to their 3A hosts.

“It was a great starting point to learn from, especially in our losses to Oak Harbor,” Whitmore said. “We were much more confident stepping on the court versus Cascade and played loose and ahead of their offense, working within our own identity, while with OH we struggled to play to our strengths and remain on the attack.

“As the morning and afternoon progressed, I was happy to see us make small improvements in various areas that will help us to shape our identity and stay strong to a game-plan,” he added.

“This group expects a lot of themselves and are cohesive, quick-learners – I’m excited to get back to practice for a couple days and then take on Friday Harbor at home.”

Coupeville, which went to the state tourney last season, jumps in to the new North Sound Conference while dealing with the loss of a talented group of seniors.

The Wolves return four varsity players — Emma Smith, Ashley Menges, Scout Smith and Maya Toomey-Stout — while also getting back Hannah Davidson after a brief detour to Cali.

As he meshes newcomers with veterans, Whitmore came away impressed with what the first-time varsity regulars are bringing to the floor.

Emma Mathusek played very well as our libero,” he said. “She played a combination of relaxed and active and I was very impressed with her as she settled comfortably into her role and will be a fun player to watch.

Zoe Trujillo was very adaptable today, playing both outside and right side hitter at various points during the day,” Whitmore added. “Chelsea Prescott did a fantastic job in her first venture playing back row at the varsity level.

“She remained poised, learning as the day went on and got more and more aggressive attacking the dig forward. I particularly enjoyed learning that her range of serving varies not only deep but placed short-court as well.”

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Wolves (back, l to r) Veronica Crownover, Nicole Laxton and (front) Mackenzie Davis, wait out a rain storm Friday at the district softball tourney in Lacey. (Kelly Crownover photo)

The rain might have been an omen.

Fresh off of beating Vashon Island in the district playoff opener Friday, the Coupeville High School softball team found itself beset by liquid sunshine.

And, while the umbrellas were finally put away and the Wolves were allowed to take the turf in Lacey, all the hits had been washed out of their bats.

After raining down base-knocks against the Pirates, Coupeville was one-hit by Bellevue Christian and fell 14-1 in the District 3 title game.

The Wolves can still punch their ticket to state, though, and all it will take is to beat a familiar foe.

Olympic League rival Klahowya, which Coupeville has beaten six straight times over the past two years, survived a loser’s out brawl with Vashon.

After winning 12-1, the Eagles will clash with the Wolves 1 PM Saturday and the stakes are simple.

Win, and you go to state (Coupeville’s last visit was in 2014, Klahowya’s in 2004).

Lose, and you hang up your uniform and prepare for your team banquet.

The two teams have similar records, with the Wolves sitting at 12-8 and the Eagles at 11-7, but their rivalry has been largely one-sided this season.

Coupeville swept to a league title by beating KSS 15-1, 9-4 and 12-7.

The Wolves have outscored the Eagles 60-22 over the past two seasons, winning all six of their clashes.

To keep that streak alive, and punch a ticket to Richland, CHS needs to hit more like it did in game one Friday, and less like it did on a wet, slick turf field in game two.

Coupeville’s only base-knock against BC came in the bottom of the second, when freshman third-baseman Chelsea Prescott launched a lead-off triple down the right-field line.

The ball curved over first base, hung in the air for a second, then bit ground just inside the chalk and skipped to the fence while Prescott sailed into third standing up.

She promptly came home on the next pitch, when the ball got away from the Bellevue catcher, but, as quickly as the Wolves launched their mini-rally, it was over.

BC scored in four of five innings, chipping away for two in the first, one in the second and another two in the third.

Coupeville’s best defensive stand came in the fourth, when Katrina McGranahan cut down the lead-off hitter on a come-backer, then ended the inning with back-to-back K’s.

The fifth inning, by contrast, was a killer, as the Vikings exploded for nine runs to turn a fairly close 5-1 game into a blow-out.

Other than Prescott’s hit, CHS only got three runners (McGranahan, Hope Lodell and Lauren Rose) aboard, all thanks to walks.

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