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Coupeville’s Makana Stone, here with mom Eileen, went off for 22 points and 11 rebounds Thursday in a college basketball playoff win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sweet, sweet revenge.

If you lose twice to the same team in the regular season, but bounce back to win the third meeting in the playoffs, who really cares about the first two games?

Not the Whitman College women’s basketball team, which rallied behind an inspired performance from Coupeville’s Makana Stone Thursday to derail visiting Puget Sound 69-61.

The victory, coming in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference postseason tourney, lifts the Blues to 20-6 and sends them to the tourney title game.

That game, where the winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA D-III national championships, goes down Saturday in Newberg, OR.

Second-seeded Whitman, which avenged eight and five-point losses to #3 UPS, faces league champ George Fox (23-3) in the finale. The Bruins drilled #4 Linfield 76-49 Thursday in their semifinal game.

The title tilt will be the rubber match for the two squads, as Whitman and George Fox split their regular season bouts.

The Blues won 73-54 on the road Jan. 12, before falling 61-57 at home Feb. 8 in Walla Walla.

Thursday night’s game pitted Stone, a junior just named to her second-straight All-Conference team, against the league’s MVP, junior post player Jamie Lange.

While both played well, Coupeville’s ace came out ahead on three counts.

Stone’s game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds edged out Lange’s 18 and 11, the UPS star fouled out, and, most importantly, Whitman won.

As expected, it was a close game most of the way, just as the first two meetings between these teams played out.

Puget Sound jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t pull away, eventually settling for a narrow 14-11 lead at the first break.

Whitman, behind six points from Stone, carried the second quarter, using a 15-12 run to knot things at 26-26 at the half.

Whatever happened in the locker room, be it a dramatic speech, or just some quality Gatorade, the Blues came out on fire in the third quarter, busting open the game.

The host team pulled out in front by eight points heading into the fourth, then eventually ran their lead all the way to a 13-point bulge in the fourth.

UPS rallied, however, twice cutting the lead to five.

That was as close as the Loggers would get, though, as Stone went off for 10 of her 22 points in the game’s final 10 minutes.

Her offensive display included a dagger of a jumper in the late going, which took the remaining air out of the visitors.

Stone added a pair of steals and two teeth-rattling blocks to her game-busting performance, while teammates Mady Burdett and Maegan Martin added 14 and 10 points respectively.

On the season, Stone sits with 378 points, 214 rebounds, 40 assists, 28 steals, and 20 blocks.

She’s hit on 158-309 field goals and 61-77 free throws.

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   Wolf volleyball aces Hope Lodell (left) and Lauren Rose, ready to get back at it. (Kim Bepler photos)

   As CHS coach Cory Whitmore imparts wisdom, the line of players goes on forever.

Excitement ripples through the gym.

   Spikers (l to r) Abby Mulholland, Zoe Trujillo and Payton Aparicio earned awards for their attitude on day one of skills camp.

The gym was packed.

Day one of a four-day volleyball skills camp attracted more than 50 spikers to the Coupeville High School gym Monday afternoon.

The camp, run by Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, is open to athletes headed into grades 7-12.

A similar two-day clinic for K-6 is set for later this month.

Three players walked away with hard-earned Gatorades Monday after being honored for their attitude, the first Covenant Awards handed out at the camp.

Taking home the refreshing honors were high school spikers Payton Aparicio and Zoe Trujillo and middle school ace Abby Mulholland.

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DeAndre Mitchell (John Fisken photos)

DeAndre Mitchell seizes the moment. (John Fisken photos)

Jordan Ford

   Jordan Ford (right) with the gorgeous block … and a foul, as the ref whistled him despite overwhelming photographic evidence to the contrary.

Abby and Kyla

   CHS sophomores Abby Parker (left) and Kyla Briscoe show up to support their fellow Wolf athletes.

Dante

Dante Mitchell forms an unbreakable wall of defensive excellence.

Luke

   Mid-game, stat man Luke Merriman, thinking about all the three-balls he and Gabe Eck (left) will be hitting next year, gets a little thirsty.

Hunter Smith

   Hunter Smith can already taste the approaching collision, but he’s still gonna drop the bucket in anyway.

Ty Eck (left)

Making his varsity debut, freshman Ty Eck streaks into action.

Risen Johnson

  One last rebound for Risen Johnson, who has provided non-stop thrills for Wolf fans the last two seasons.

The road came to an end Thursday for eight Wolves.

A playoff loss to visiting Bellevue Christian sent a senior-heavy Coupeville High School boys’ basketball squad to the exit.

But not before they provided travelin’ photo man John Fisken one more chance to capture some snappy pics of them in action.

The photos above, a mix of on and off court action, are courtesy him.

To see more photos, and possibly purchase some, thereby helping fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10737&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

P.S. — Use coupon code EB107374962 when you buy before Feb. 26 and they’ll give you 15% off.

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Ben Smith (Deb Smith photo)

Ben Smith is all about proper nutrition. (Deb Smith photo)

Angie Downes gets her middle son, Sage, ready to play.

   Angie Downes gets her middle son, Sage, suited up and ready to go. (Smith photo)

team (Cheridan Eck photo)

“This ferry is ours!!” (Cheridan Eck photo)

"Hey mom, mom, mooooooommmm, I'm playing football!!!" (Smith photo)

   “Hey mom, mom, mooooooommmm, I’m playing football!!!” Gavin Knoblich is a little bit pumped. (Smith photo)

(Smith photo)

“I am the Gatorade Queen! All your Gatorade is mine!!” (Smith photo)

)Eck photo)

“We’re taking this bus, too!!” (Eck photo)

Smith and Dakota Eck

   “Do you think we get to go to McDonalds after the jamboree? Cause I vote yes.” (Smith photo)

helmets

Raise ’em high. Raise ’em proud. (Smith photo)

The moms are in mid-season form.

Saturday was just a jamboree for the Coupeville Middle School football squad — real games start next week — but team moms Deb Smith and Cheridan Eck are already killin’ it with the photos.

They’ve set the bar high and we appreciate it. Greatly.

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