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Kassidy Upchurch (left) and Kierra Thayer wait for their moment in the spotlight. (Brittany Kolbet photo)

Celebrate the positives.

While the Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball team wasn’t able to upend large school rival Lakewood Saturday, the Wolves proved to be sharpshooters at the free-throw line.

CHS, a 2B school, fell 52-22 to the Cougars, who rep a 2A institution, but won the battle at the charity stripe.

Led by sophomore Madison McMillan, who banked in eight free throws, Coupeville claimed the advantage at the line, converting 12 bonus shots.

Bryley Gilbert, Kierra Thayer, and Desi Ramirez-Vasquez also netted free throws for the Wolves, with Gilbert a pristine 2-2.

Coupeville’s downfall in its home opener came because Lakewood was hitting a lot of shots from everywhere else.

The Cougars bolted out to a 10-0 lead by the first break, stretched it to 16-4 at the half, then coasted home with a solid second-half performance.

The Wolves popped for 11 points in the third quarter, however, making their best show of the game and keeping things interesting.

McMillan paced CHS with 10 points, while Reese Wilkinson powered her way to a season-high six in support.

Gilbert (2), Teagan Calkins (2), Ramirez-Vasquez (1), and Thayer (1) rounded out the scorers, with Liza Zustiak, Kayla Arnold, Brynn Parker, Kassidy Upchurch, Jada Heaton, and Skylar Parker also seeing floor time.

The Wolves, who sit at 1-1 in non-conference play, return to the court this Saturday, Dec. 10, when they host Sultan.

Tipoff for the JV girls is 4:45 PM.

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Alita Blouin leads Coupeville’s varsity girls in scoring through the first two games. (Morgan White photo)

One bad stretch.

A span of five minutes and change — that’s what killed the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball squad Saturday night.

Take away that segment, when visiting Lakewood went on a 28-3 run to end the first quarter, and it was a much different, far closer contest.

But they count every point, so the 2B Wolves ultimately absorbed a 70-37 loss to the 2A Cougars.

The non-conference defeat evens Coupeville’s early-season record at 1-1, with a week to work on things before Sultan visits Whidbey Island Dec. 10.

CHS coach Megan Richter and her players will be able to look at the game film from Saturday’s tilt and pick out a lot of positives.

Though they may want to fast forward through the second half of the opening quarter.

Things were looking pretty good, with the score knotted at 5-5 after Alita Blouin plucked a steal and beat a pack of defenders down court for a layup.

Gwen Gustafson opened the night’s scoring with a pullup jumper, before Carolyn Lhamon added a free throw, and the Wolves were aggressive on both ends of the floor.

But then the roof fell in.

Lakewood ramped up its defense and stifled Coupeville, holding it without a field goal for the remainder of the first quarter, while scoring quickly and efficiently from multiple angles.

The Cougars splashed home a trio of three-balls during the 28-3 run, but it was a string of steals and breakaway lay-ins which really stung.

Then things went back to almost normal.

The scoring across the final three quarters of the night still came out in favor of Lakewood, but only to a 37-29 tally.

The Wolves, who were being hacked and pummeled all game, hit the majority of their free throws, while also breaking out some well-run plays to crack Lakewood’s press.

A 7-0 surge midway through the second quarter, with Lhamon slapping runners off the glass on feeds from Gustafson and Maddie Georges, was quality work.

As was Katie Marti’s debut as a WWE wrestler, on a play when the rough ‘n rowdy defensive dynamo flipped not one, but two Lakewood players end-over-end while battling for, and winning, control of a loose ball.

Lhamon and Mia Farris both pounded home multiple buckets in the paint in the second half, while Georges flipped the net on a long, low three-ball, but the deficit ultimately proved too much to overcome.

Still, Coupeville fought until the end, with its players still crashing the boards and pestering Lakewood ballhandlers even as the final buzzer loomed.

Blouin paced the Wolves in scoring for the second-straight game, rattling home 10 points, while Lhamon backed her up with a season-high nine.

Georges (6), Farris (4), Ryanne Knoblich (3), Marti (2), Gustafson (2), and Lyla Stuurmans (1) also etched their names in the scorebook, as all eight Wolves to see floor time scored.

With her six points, Georges moves into 40th place all-time on the CHS girls’ hoops career scoring chart, which dates back to 1974.

The senior guard sits with 265 points, passing program legends Madeline Strasburg (261) and Carly Guillory (260) Saturday night.

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Savina Wells, seen here during volleyball season, is back on the basketball court in Florida. (Katy Wells photo)

She’s been a star since she first exited the hospital by ripping off a string of cartwheels as a mere newborn.

Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

These days Savina Wells, who dazzled Wolf fans for a decade-plus, is a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School in Florida, where she’s wowing the locals in a second sport.

Coming off of a strong volleyball season, Izzy and Ulrik’s younger sibling is now torching the basketball net in her first go-round as a Pirate.

Showing off the hardwood skills she first honed in Coupeville, the youngest of Katy and Lyle’s children went off for 26 points Wednesday in a 43-37 win over West Nassau.

Savina was aces at the free-throw line, netting 10-12 on charity shots, including rippling the net on a pair after her foes were whistled for a technical foul.

Fernandina Beach is off to a 3-0 start on the court, with a game Friday against a 1-6 Fletcher squad.

Through three games, Savina has racked up 40 points, 25 rebounds, two assists, eight steals, and four blocked shots.

She sits #1 on the team in scoring and blocks, and #2 in rebounds.

Even with 6 AM practices, Savina is enjoying herself, while not forgetting about former teammates such as Lyla Stuurmans or Maddie Georges.

“This will be a fun season to watch!” said mom Katy. “Wolves, we are cheering you on too!!”

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Wolf seniors (l to r) Carolyn Lhamon, Gwen Gustafson, Cecilia Acevedo, Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, and Ryanne Knoblich. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin delivers hot death from above.

Sparked by their sweet-shooting senior guard, who knocked down a trio of three-balls as part of a 15-point performance, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball team romped on opening night.

Thrashing host South Whidbey 46-22 Wednesday, while surrendering points to only one Falcon, the Wolves earned big praise from second-year coach Megan Richter.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these girls and the way they played today,” she said. “They have been working so hard this year and it showed today.

“Before the game we talked a lot about being competitive but also having fun playing the game. And that’s exactly what they did.”

Other than a brief tie at 2-2, Coupeville led from start to finish, using tough defense to fuel big buckets on the other end of the floor.

“They played their game, came out aggressive on defense and played patient on offense,” Richter said.

“It was a really fun game to watch; it makes my job really easy when things that we do in practice come together.

“I’m excited for the rest of the season and to see where they go from here!”

That 2-2 stalemate evaporated as soon as Gwen Gustafson drilled the bottom of the net out on a jumper, earning a loud cheer from her sign-waving fan club president, Lucy Tenore.

The very next play might have been the best of the night, as Carolyn Lhamon rejected a Falcon shot, leading to a breakaway bucket for Maddie Georges.

Crashing through the backpedaling defenders, the senior point guard waited for the impact, then flipped the ball off the backboard, earning a third point the hard way thanks to a foul call and ensuing free throw.

With all five starters scoring in the first quarter, Coupeville surged out to a 13-6 lead by the first break, and never really looked back.

Yes, the Falcons, who got all 22 of their points from Isabelle Woods, briefly cut the lead to 16-12 midway through the second frame.

But that just seemed to inspire the Wolves, who finished off the half on an 11-0 tear.

Gustafson went for five of those points, with Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, and defensive dynamo Lyla Stuurmans also scoring during the game-deciding rally.

The third quarter belonged to Blouin, who made the nets flip on free throws and three-balls alike.

Georges also buried a long trey, her shot arcing to the top of the gym roof before splashing home, while Mia Farris capped things with a picture-perfect layup while several defenders tried to decapitate her.

With the game long since decided, the final frame was largely a defensive brawl.

That gave varsity newcomers Cecilia Acevedo and Skylar Parker a chance to haul in rebounds and poke balls free, while the ever-rampaging Katie Marti terrorized anyone unlucky enough to be holding a basketball in her general vicinity.

The latest link in the Marti/Messner athletic dynasty, Katie remains one of the most entertaining disruptors to hit the hardwood.

She brings back fond memories of ’90s brawler Jodie Christensen — Aiden and Maggie Crimmins mom — crashing through folks like a bowling ball, handing out black eyes to teammates and rivals alike.

And that’s high praise, so never change, Katie.

Back in the pursuit of scoring records, Blouin’s 15 topped the Wolves, with Gustafson (9), Knoblich (8), Georges (6), Lhamon (4), Farris (2), Stuurmans (1), and Marti (1) all contributing.

And one last side note.

Lhamon now has 125 career points, which ties her (for one night at least) with Christi Messner, who is both Katie Marti’s mom, and the woman who was keeping the books for the Wolves on this night.

The more you know.

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Coupeville JV hoops coach Kassie O’Neil led her team to a rivalry win in her debut. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s a winner at every level.

During her playing days, Kassie O’Neil dropped daggers on the hardwood, making rival teams cry and sparking Coupeville High School girls’ basketball teams to big victories.

Now that she’s moved to the bench, nothing has changed.

Making her debut as the Wolf JV girls coach Wednesday, O’Neil provided the game plan and her pack of hoops assassins responded, drilling host South Whidbey 27-21 in the season opener for both teams.

Bringing out a who’s-who of fans, including lil’ sis Katie Smith, a Wolf hoops legend in her own right, Killer Kassie will file this one away in her drawer of great memories.

“Definitely still riding on that winning high,” O’Neil said while basking in the afterglow.

“Proud of my girls.”

Coupeville opened strong and closed strong, turning a 7-2 lead after one quarter into a 15-8 advantage at the half.

While the Falcons put together a mini run in the third quarter, slicing their deficit to 18-13, the Wolves were too much for South Whidbey to handle down the stretch.

O’Neil got floor time for 11 players, with seven Wolves making the nets pop.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez paced CHS with seven points, while Jada Heaton and Kierra Thayer backed her up with five apiece.

Coupeville’s attack was rounded out by solid scoring work from Madison McMillan (4), Teagan Calkins (3), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Skylar Parker (1).

Kassidy Upchurch, Kayla Arnold, Liza Zustiak, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time for the Wolves, who return to action this Saturday with a home game against Lakewood.

Tipoff time for the JV girls is 7:00 PM.

The bright future of Wolf basketball.

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