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Mount Vernon Christian, here doubling up on Coupeville’s Maddie Georges, hosted an elite eight-team postseason hoops tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Looks like La Conner might not have won a girls basketball state title this year, after all.

The Braves dominated play in the Northwest 2B/1B League during the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, going undefeated against Coupeville and Co., then added non-conference wins against elite larger schools such as King’s, Lynden, and Meridian.

But given a chance to face off with some of the other top 2B teams in the state this week, La Conner came up six points short of a title.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association didn’t hold any postseason events this season, so eight top small school programs crafted their own unofficial championship.

Called Summer State, it went down Wednesday through Friday at Mount Vernon Christian High School, with seven 2B schools and the hosts, who are a 1B program.

La Conner dismantled Toldeo 65-30, then slipped past Wahkiakum 65-62, before falling 72-66 to Warden in overtime in the title game.

Warden placed 6th in the official 1A state tourney last season, before new classification counts moved the school to 2B beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

While La Conner exited with a 2nd place trophy, MVC finished 6th after going 1-2.

The Hurricanes fell 51-34 to Tri Cities Prep, bounced back to drill Onalaska 61-35, then closed with a 34-31 loss against Toledo.

La Conner star Sarah Cook — who lit Coupeville up both times the Wolves faced the Braves during the regular season — was named to the First-Team All-Tournament team.

MVC’s Emma Droog and La Conner’s Juna Swanson both were given Second-Team honors.

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Savina Wells is the #123 scorer in Coupeville High School girls basketball history, and she’s not actually a high schooler yet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

234 players, and 35,493 points.

It’s not 100% correct, but it’s remarkably close.

With the pandemic-altered 2021 hoops season having ended Tuesday, it’s time to update my semi-official Coupeville High School basketball career scoring charts.

First up are the Wolf girls, who saw five girls add their names to a list which stretches back to the start of the program in 1974.

Two of those newcomers are Lyla Stuurmans and Savina Wells, who became the first 8th grade girls to play, and score, in a CHS varsity hoops contest.

With 59 points across 12 games, Wells was Coupeville’s #2 scorer this season, while Stuurmans rippled the nets for 23, including a team-high 10 in the season finale.

There are 12 active Wolves on the list, led by Maddie Georges, who has tallied 124 points across her first two seasons, putting her 85th all-time.

Admittedly, the list isn’t 100% precise, as any stats for the first Wolf girls team in 1974-1975 seem to have vanished into the mists of time.

We’re also missing a couple games from three seasons in the early 2000’s, with the search ever-ongoing.

With that in mind, the CHS girls hoops career scoring list, through June 17, 2021, with active players in bold:

 

Brianne King – 1549
Zenovia Barron – 1270
Makana Stone – 1158
Megan Smith – 1042
Ann Pettit – 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – 892
Terry Perkins – 673
Lexie Black – 622
Kristan Hurlburt – 598
Tina Lyness – 594

Marlene Grasser – 574
Judy Marti – 545
Brittany Black – 502
Jen Canfield – 497
Erica Lamb – 497
Emily Vracin – 467
Tina Barker – 464
Vanessa Davis – 448
Lindsey Roberts – 448
Maureen Wetmore – 438

Sarah Powell – 425
Mika Hosek – 424
Cassidi Rosenkrance – 423
Ashley Manker – 404
Shawna West – 388
Katie Smith – 374
Whitney Clark – 359
Amy Mouw – 353
Tracy Taylor – 350
Kailey Kellner – 339

Amanda Allmer – 331
Misty Sellgren – 331
Taniel Lamb – 330
Marie Grasser – 321
Mia Littlejohn – 317
Amanda Fabrizi – 299
Scout Smith – 290
Bessie Walstad – 288
Hailey Hammer – 282
Madeline Strasburg – 261

Carly Guillory – 260
Sarah Mouw – 259
Julie Wieringa – 252
Danette Beckley – 249
Chelsea Prescott – 249
Marlys West – 247
Kendra O’Keefe – 244
Breeanna Messner – 235
Hilary Kortuem – 231
Ema Smith – 228

Mikayla Elfrank – 227
Annette Jameson – 223
Beth Mouw – 216
Lisa Roehl – 216
Linda Cheshier – 210
Pam Jampsa – 202
Julia Myers – 202
Kim Warder – 193
Kacie Kiel – 188
Stephanie Clapp – 185

Kassie Lawson – 184
Heather Davis – 182
Jaime Rasmussen – 181
Trudy Eaton – 180
Heidi Bepler – 179
Jodie Christensen – 174
Aimee Messner – 168
Danielle Vracin – 167
Sherry Bonacci – 165
Marie Hesselgrave – 165

Marilyn Brown – 164
Hayley Ebersole – 163
Yashmeen Knox – 163
Traci Perkins – 161
Suzette Glover – 159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins – 151
Jennifer Bailey – 150
Emily Young – 149
Vanessa Bodley – 146
Joli Smith – 142

Jennie Cross – 140
Taya Boonstra – 132
Sarah Burgoyne – 126
Christi Messner – 125
Maddie Georges – 124
Kayla Lawson – 124
Avalon Renninger – 123
Cheryl Dunn – 119
Hannah Davidson – 116
Jill Whitney – 116

Sarah Wright – 115
Laurie Estes – 114
Debbie Snyder – 113
Izzy Wells – 113
Tiffany Briscoe – 111
Lauren Escalle – 109
Sally Biskovich – 108
Kara Harvey – 108
Kalia Littlejohn – 106
Kyla Briscoe – 104

Kelly Snyder – 104
Sue Wyatt – 100
Lupine Wutzke – 98
Monica Vidoni – 97
Christine Barr – 95
Lauren Grove – 95
Babette Owensby – 93
Audrianna Shaw – 93
Toni Thiefault – 92
Jennifer Pettit – 85

Laura Young – 83
Marnie Bartelson – 81
Cheryl Pangburn – 79
Courtney Arnold – 78
Tonnalea Rasmussen – 78
Sharon Jolly – 75
Amanda Manker – 73
Beth Cavanaugh – 72
Wynter Thorne – 68
Rachelle Solomon – 64

Lindsey Sherwood – 61
Ann Kahler – 60
Chelsea Rosenkrance – 59
Savina Wells – 59
Judy Wallace – 58
Rose Marti – 57
Jean Wyatt – 57
Carolyn Lhamon – 56
Jennifer Eelkema – 55
Christine Larson – 53

Courtney Boyd – 52
Kari Johnson – 52
Erin Ryan – 52
Anya Leavell – 51
Nicole Shelley – 50
Traci Barker – 49
Paige Mueller – 49
Stephanie Kipp – 48
Lynn Wilson – 47
Andilee Murphy – 46

Janiece Jenkins – 43
Meghan Metlow – 43
Tia Wurzrainer – 43
Jessy Caselden – 41
Karen Jampsa – 40
Jennifer Meyer – 40
Jill Keeney – 39
Suzanne Enders – 38
Mandi Murdy – 37
Shawn Diem – 35

Min Powell – 35
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 32
Lauren Rose – 32
Tammie Hardie – 31
Shannon Rutledge – 29
Taylor Sherman – 29
Anna Myhr – 28
Kirsty Croghan – 27
Lori Friswold – 27
Sarah Vass – 27

Tina Jansen – 26
Kim Stuurmans – 26
Kathy Jolly – 25
Shelby Kulz – 25
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 25
Melissa Cox – 23
Haley Marx – 23
Lyla Stuurmans – 23
Lori Hart – 21
Allison Wenzel – 21

Courtney Williams – 21
Aleshia McFadyen – 20
Nancy Dyer – 18
Dina Lanphere – 18
McKenzie Bailey – 17
Carol Estes – 17
Gwen Gustafson – 17
Ryanne Knoblich – 17
Kristina Clark – 16
Dawn Clampet – 15

Nicole Laxton – 15
Mollie Bailey – 14
Lindsey Tucker – 13
Jeannette Fixel – 12
Tammy Shubat – 12
Nikki Snyder – 12
Kelly Ankney – 11
Naomi Prater – 11
Michelle Riddle – 11
Emily Wodjenski – 11

Alyssa Kelley – 10
Zarah Leaman – 10
Toni Hudson – 9
Georgie Smith – 9
Cindy Bennett – 8
Susan Estes – 8
Ami Garthwaite – 8
Eileen Hanley – 8
Keri Iverson – 8
Kristine Macnab – 8

Michelle Smith – 8
Carlie Rosenkrance – 7
McKayla Bailey – 6
Lexi Boyer – 6
Rhiannon Ellsworth – 6
Debbie Johnson – 6
Grace LaPoint – 6
Skyler Lawrence – 6
Corrin Skvarla – 6
Janie Wilson – 6

Katy Bennett – 5
Penny Griggs – 5
Marissa Slater – 5
Denise McGregor – 4
Jessica Sherwood – 4
Kara Warder – 4
Christina Mowery – 3
Samantha Roehl – 3
Ashlie Shank – 3
Jamie Townsdin – 3

Brenda Belcher – 2
Rusty Brian – 2
Carol Davis – 2
Lisa Davis – 2
Nicole Fuller – 2
Cathy Higgins – 2
Nezi Keiper – 2
Daisy Kent – 2
Katie Kiel – 2
Charlotte Langille – 2

Morgan Stevens – 2
Tracy Barber – 1
Amy Biskovich – 1
Corinne Gaddis – 1

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Scott Fox is stepping down after two years as Coupeville High School girls basketball head coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It’s been a great ride!”

After two seasons at the helm of the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, head coach Scott Fox is stepping down.

He made the news official Wednesday, a day after the Wolves closed their latest campaign with a 54-18 win over Darrington.

The decision is a health-based one, as Fox is facing “a major back surgery later on this summer, with a long recovery time.”

“I found out in May that L3, 4, and 5 (vertebra) are loose and degenerating,” he said. “After 50 years of basketball and a 30-year firefighting career, I have to focus on my health at this point.”

With a young roster — this year’s team had no seniors and featured two 8th graders, one of whom was a starter — Fox sees a bright future ahead for the CHS girls program.

It will just have to develop without him on the bench.

“I was looking forward to grooming these young kids through the next couple of years,” Fox said. “But I physically can’t do the job anymore.

“I would like to thank (Coupeville Athletic Director) Willie (Smith) and the school for the opportunity.”

After jumping over from being a CHS boys hoops assistant coach to succeed David King as girls head coach, he had two eventful seasons, marked by big wins and dealing with the pandemic.

In his first season, Fox guided the Wolves to a 12-7 record, with Coupeville going 6-3 in league play during the final season of the 1A North Sound Conference.

Year #2 brought a move to 2B, a transition to the Northwest 2B/1B League, and Covid.

Basketball was bumped to the spring, and the schedule was compressed, with Coupeville finishing 5-7.

As he looks back on his two-year run with the girls program, Fox is philosophical.

“Last year we tied the record for best start, and this year we brought in 8th graders, so I’d like to think we left a mark on the program,” he said.

“This isn’t the way I wanted to script the ending of our season, but that’s sports and life.”

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Jessenia Camarena earned Most Improved honors for her play on the Coupeville JV squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Carolyn Lhamon was one of 12 Wolf girls to letter.

No seniors, no worries.

Younger players stepped up for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team during a pandemic-altered 2021 season, with a pair of juniors taking top honors when team awards were handed out.

Audrianna Shaw, who topped the Wolves in scoring, was named varsity MVP Wednesday, with Izzy Wells claiming Most Improved.

On the JV level, 8th grader Madison McMillan was tabbed as MVP, with sophomore Jessenia Camarena winning Most Improved.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Maddie Georges
Gwen Gustafson
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Ryanne Knoblich
Anya Leavell
Carolyn Lhamon
Audrianna Shaw
Morgan Stevens
Lyla Stuurmans
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Izzy Wells
Savina Wells

 

Participation certificates:

Kayla Arnold
Jessenia Camarena
Bryley Gilbert
Katie Marti
Madison McMillan
Pam Morrell
Skylar Parker
Desi Ramirez
Kassidy Upchurch
Reese Wilkinson 

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Maddie Georges and Coupeville romped to a big win Tuesday in their season finale. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The future is now.

With its two 8th graders playing visiting Darrington almost to a standstill by themselves Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad closed its season with a bang.

Running the Loggers off the floor to the tune of 54-18, the Wolves finished 5-7 during a pandemic-shortened campaign.

After back-to-back somewhat unexpected losses to Friday Harbor and Concrete, Tuesday’s romp sends Coupeville into summer break on a positive note.

“We needed this!,” said CHS coach Scott Fox. “It was a great way to end the season on a high note, and I’m so proud of this group of girls.”

Playing without any seniors on their roster, the Wolves can return all 12 players next season.

That includes two young women — Savina Wells and Lyla Stuurmans — who just graduated from middle school and still have four full seasons of high school hoops action ahead of them.

The 8th graders combined for 16 points Tuesday, with the springy Stuurmans, a defensive demon when unleashed, rumbling for a varsity career-high 10.

Everything was working for Coupeville, with junior Audrianna Shaw, who finished as the team’s top scorer this season, slapping home a pair of layups to start the night off.

Darrington dropped in a three-ball from the top of the arc to cut the lead to 4-3, and then any hopes the Loggers might have had promptly went out the door.

Savina Wells went barreling in for a layup, her long legs carrying her well ahead of the pack, and the ball arriving on her fingertips thanks to an extra-crisp pass from Stuurmans.

That kicked off a 17-0 run, with Coupeville carrying a 21-3 lead into the first break.

Six different Wolves scored during the game-busting tear, with Maddie Georges pumping in three straight buckets at one point.

The sophomore floor leader converted a steal into a breakaway layup, then came back around for a pair of pull-up jumpers, tickling the twines as big brother Alex Evans — from his perch on the bench as a CHS assistant coach — pumped both fists into the air.

CHS was rippling the net from outside, and using the glass to knock down buckets in the paint as well.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, grabbing every rebound within a three-mile radius, capped the first quarter tear with a pretty, pretty bucket on a strong roll to the hoop.

There was plenty more where that came from, with Coupeville using an 11-0 tear in the second quarter to push the halftime margin out to 32-9.

This time around, it was Anya Leavell going off for six points on a variety of moves, while Savina Wells banked in a three-ball, after probably calling “glass.”

The biggest bucket likely came from the ever-scrappy Morgan Stevens, who dropped in a little jumper in the paint to record her first-ever varsity points.

With the basket, Stevens joins an elite group, becoming the 234th Wolf girl to score at the varsity level since the program began in 1974.

Darrington’s misery grew in the third quarter, with Stuurmans and Hoskins fueling a 16-2 run to the delight of Wolf fans.

Give the Loggers credit, as they refused to let Coupeville get all the way out to a 40-point lead and initiate a running clock.

Scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter, Darrington cut a 37-point deficit down to 30, assuring the two teams would get a chance to play out the finale in its full glory.

And Coupeville closed strongly, with Stuurmans, Gwen Gustafson, and Ryanne Knoblich hitting on back-to-back-to-back buckets to cap the season.

Eleven Wolves scored, with the lone exception being Izzy Wells, who spent her time setting up others with crisp passes, hauling down rebounds, and being the ever-serene soul of the squad.

Georges and Hoskins finished with eight points apiece in support of Stuurmans and her 10-point coming-out party, while Leavell, Shaw, and Savina Wells peppered the scoreboard for six each.

Carolyn Lhamon (3), Gustafson (2), Stevens (2), Knoblich (2), and Kylie Van Velkinburgh (1) filled out the attack.

 

Final season scoring stats:

Audrianna Shaw – 82
Savina Wells – 59
Izzy Wells – 56
Maddie Georges – 38
Carolyn Lhamon – 32
Anya Leavell – 29
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 27
Lyla Stuurmans – 23
Gwen Gustafson – 17
Ryanne Knoblich – 17
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 15
Morgan Stevens – 2

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