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Hannah Davidson had five points and eight rebounds Thursday as Coupeville fell to highly-ranked King’s, ending the Wolves playoff run. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves enjoy a moment together during the ferry ride home. (Amy King photo)

In the end, there was one team they just couldn’t beat.

Unable to solve the big, quick, highly-disciplined pack of players private school power King’s throws at the world, the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad reached the end of its season Thursday at Shoreline.

Falling 48-11 in the second round of the District 1 playoffs, the Wolves were eliminated a win shy of qualifying for bi-districts, and finish 9-10 on the year.

Three of those losses came to the North Sound Conference champs, as all-universe freshman Jada Wynn and company swept the season series from Coupeville.

Even though their season ending with a defeat, and a long ride home on the icy back roads of America, the Wolves enjoyed a fair amount of success in David King’s seventh year at the helm of the program.

CHS, which has made the playoffs every season under King, claimed third-place in the six-team NSC, beating pre-season projections, and closed with five wins in its last eight games.

That included an 11-point home playoff win over Sultan Wednesday, in a game thrown together at the very last second.

The Coupeville girls were also one of just two Whidbey Island high school hoops teams (out of six) to make the playoffs, and the last eliminated, at least by a few minutes.

Playing earlier in the evening Thursday, South Whidbey’s boys were bashed 67-47 at Meridian and also fell a game shy of a berth to bi-districts.

The onslaught of ice and snow which ravaged Washington changed what was supposed to be double-elimination district tourneys into modified singe-elimination ones.

With the threat of round two of Snowmageddon arriving Friday, Coupeville’s second postseason bout got shoved up a night, sending the Wolves to the bus less than 24 hours after they whacked the Turks.

The quick turnaround, piled on top of an emotional home win, a long bus trip, a day of school, and the sheer talent of their rivals made for a tall mountain to scale.

“A tough game after the great win last night,” David King said. “We came out and gave everything we had.

“That said, last night’s game took a lot out of us, energy wise,” he added. “We got a lot of shots up and just couldn’t get them to fall. King’s defense is fundamentally sound; they prevented us from getting to the basket.”

Coupeville broke 40 points in seven games this season, but could only scrape together 39 points combined across its three losses to King’s, scoring 17, 11, and 11.

Thursday night the only shot which dropped in the first quarter was a three-ball from Ema Smith, and the Wolves went to the break trailing 13-3.

It didn’t get much better from there, with King’s stretching the lead out to 28-6 at the half, then completely shutting Coupeville’s offensive attack down during an 11-0 third quarter.

The Wolves continued to work hard, though, pushing the Knights long after the game was out of hand.

“The team never backed down and gave everything they had every time they stepped on the court,” King said. “Overall, a very good season.”

Davidson, a standout during Coupeville’s playoff run, capped her junior season with a team-high five points and eight rebounds.

Ema Smith finished with five points and three boards, while Chelsea Prescott netted a free throw to round out the scoring.

Bringing her prep hardwood career to a close Thursday, Smith moved past two more former Wolf greats on the career scoring list.

Finishing with 228 points, she leapfrogs Annette Jameson (223) and Mikayla Elfrank (227) to finish as the #48 scorer in program history, which stretches back to 1974.

Thursday’s game was the final one for Smith and fellow CHS seniors Nicole Laxton, a hard worker who always brought great energy to the floor, and four-year varsity vet Lindsey Roberts.

Roberts, who missed two complete games and most of a third due to a college visit and a late-season finger injury, still topped Coupeville in scoring for a second-straight season.

A player who saw quality minutes at the varsity level from day one of her freshman season, she exits with 448 points, leaving her tied with Vanessa Davis for #18 on the career chart.

While all three seniors will be missed, the cupboard isn’t bare for David King and JV coach/wife Amy, who can bring back nine of the 12 players who saw varsity floor time.

Point guard Scout Smith, now the leading active scorer for the girls program with 142 points across two varsity seasons, is one of four juniors on the team, along with Davidson, Avalon Renninger, and Tia Wurzrainer.

Sophomores Prescott and Mollie Bailey and freshmen Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Izzy Wells, and Anya Leavell should all return as well.

 

Final season scoring statistics:

Lindsey Roberts – 150
Ema Smith
– 134
Chelsea Prescott
– 101
Scout Smith
– 86
Avalon Renninger
– 56
Hannah Davidson
– 31
Tia Wurzrainer
– 18
Nicole Laxton
– 15
Izzy Wells
– 11
Mollie Bailey
– 8
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
– 5
Anya Leavell
– 4

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   Scout Smith and Coupeville led for three quarters Wednesday, but an ice-cold fourth killed their chances. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Like getting put through a wood-chipper for 32 minutes.

Riding high off of a big win the night before, the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad stumbled a bit Wednesday, enduring their own Fargo moment as they were bruised, battered and, finally, shredded 28-20 by host Chimacum.

The loss drops the rebuilding Wolves to 2-2 in Olympic League play, 4-10 overall.

Coupeville, chasing a fourth-straight league title, sits in third place, trailing the Cowboys (3-1, 6-7) and Port Townsend (3-2, 5-7), while Klahowya (0-3, 2-10) brings up the rear.

While this title hunt isn’t going as easy as the previous three, when CHS went 27-0 in conference play, the young, undermanned Wolves are still very much in the thick of things with five league games left on their schedule.

Wednesday night, take away an ice-cold fourth quarter, and despite the bruises and whiplash endured, Coupeville almost pulled off a win that would have elevated them into first place.

But that final eight minutes, when the Wolves failed to score a single point, doomed them.

Despite facing withering pressure, and committing a head-spinning 43 turnovers, Coupeville led 3-2 after one quarter, 8-7 at the half and 20-19 after three.

How they led is something CHS coach David King is still trying to figure out.

That, and how he wandered into a WWE taping instead of a basketball game.

“Unreal and so very rough. I think that’s the only way I can describe tonight’s game,” he said. “Chimacum is aggressive and we wilted against everything they threw at us.

“How good was their press?,” King asked. “According to our play and turnovers, it appears it is a top-tier press. In reality, it’s aggressive and good — we just made them look like all-stars.”

While Chimacum’s defensive heat and willingness to whack a girl certainly helped, most of the Wolves turnovers were self-inflicted, as King ticked off a list of miscues.

“Throwing passes into defensive arms/hands. Overthrowing, throwing behind a teammate or trying to dribble-drive up the court out of control,” he said. “We will go back to the basics and see if we can fix this reoccurring issue.”

Where Coupeville was effective was on the boards, where four different players snared at least seven rebounds.

Lindsey Roberts hauled in 10 caroms, while Allison Wenzel, Ema Smith and Hannah Davidson added seven apiece.

The Wolves shared the offensive load, as well, with Roberts tossing in seven points to lead the way.

Kyla Briscoe (4), Ema Smith (4), Sarah Wright (2), Davidson (2) and Scout Smith (1) rounded out the limited attack.

The game also marked the varsity debut of Wolf juniors Ashlie Shank and Maddy Hilkey.

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   Kyla Briscoe racked up nine points, four steals and three assists Wednesday, sparking Coupeville to a huge win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the perfect Christmas present.

Heading into a nine-day break between games, the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad put a win under the tree Wednesday night.

Shredding a visiting Concrete team that offered little match for the Wolves aggressiveness, especially on defense, CHS romped to a 47-7 win.

And no, that’s not a misprint.

Three different Wolves — Ema Smith, Kyla Briscoe and Lindsey Roberts — outscored the Lions by themselves, as Coupeville snagged a much-needed non-conference victory.

In a season of transition, with a roster which has been further shuffled as the season has progressed, the Wolves have been better than their 2-7 record might indicate.

Four of their losses have been by six or less points, and there is little question talent runs deep on this squad.

The key, as they deal with the loss of four starters from last season’s league title-winning team, has been to get all the parts working together. To find that perfect rhythm.

And while no one will call Wednesday’s romp perfect, it was still a big step forward.

Nine of 10 Wolves scored, including sophomore Hannah Davidson, who was making her varsity (and season) debut after a family move this week brought her back from a year-long exile in California.

Reunited with her former teammates, she gave Coupeville an immediate presence in the paint and on the boards, while dishing the ball with panache on back-to-back assists.

The first came on a picture-perfect feed to Scout Smith, a fellow Class of 2020 star, who snagged Davidson’s in-bounds pass and drained a long jumper in one smooth motion.

The very next play it was Davidson, showing a surprising nimbleness for an inside banger, picking off a pass in the open court, whirling and feeding Kyla Briscoe, who slapped home the running layup.

Briscoe, one of three seniors on this year’s squad, has begun to step up and take a featured role in the Wolf offensive attack.

Wednesday night, she was on fire in the second quarter, dropping in seven points, with a pair of layups topped with a sweet three-ball from the top.

Using a withering defensive onslaught, including a frequent trap, the Wolves essentially kept Concrete from getting a decent shot off for 98.7% of the game.

Coupeville rolled to an 11-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, didn’t give up a point until nearly three minutes into the second, and surrendered exactly one field goal all night.

Concrete’s only basket came 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, at a time when the Wolves were safely ahead 37-3.

Other than that, it was four free throws, a handful of misses and a lot of broken-up passes and turnovers for the Lion offense.

CHS, by contrast, had a lot of good looks. While they didn’t always take advantage of every opportunity, they did push the flow of the game, at times playing as if they were involved in a free-flowing scrimmage.

Some of the shots were poppin’ fresh.

Freshman Chelsea Prescott, who recently moved up to varsity full-time, had a scintillating drive down the baseline for a bucket, Ema Smith knocked down a gorgeous runner off the glass and Sarah Wright abused the Lions in the paint.

Working her elbows like a pro, and flashing some vintage Detroit Pistons Bad Boys-style grumpiness while fighting for loose balls, the junior post player made sure Concrete would remember her name, and her game.

Ema Smith led the most-balanced scoring attack of the season, draining 10 points, while Briscoe netted nine and Roberts sank eight.

Wright (6), Prescott (4), Scout Smith (4), Mikayla Elfrank (3), Davidson (2) and Allison Wenzel (1) also scored, while Avalon Renninger spent her time setting up her teammates with crisp passes and defensive hustle.

Davidson led the Wolves on the boards, ripping down eight caroms in her return, while also piling up two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Briscoe pilfered four steals and handed out three assists, with Wright finagling three steals of her own.

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   Three-sport athlete Hannah Davidson, seen here last season, has returned to Coupeville after living in California for a year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   The move allows Davidson to reunite with former teammates and close friends. (Charlotte Young photo)

They got the band back together.

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2020 boasts some very-talented female athletes, and the roster just got deeper (and taller).

Hannah Davidson, a 5-foot-11 sophomore who plays volleyball, basketball and softball, registered and began attending classes at CHS Monday morning.

She and her family, which includes two younger brothers, moved to California midway through her freshman basketball season.

With a second family move now bringing her back to Whidbey, Davidson is immediately eligible to play, as she already participated in the required number of practices while in California.

She began practicing with the Wolves Monday, and is expected to be in uniform Wednesday for a home non-conference game against Concrete.

Since she’ll have a chance to play more than 50% of the schedule (13 of 21 regular season games remain), Davidson will also be eligible for postseason play.

She gives a rebuilding CHS varsity girls hoops squad an injection of height (she edges 5’10 junior Lindsey Roberts as the tallest Wolf), and re-enters a system she already knows well.

After playing through middle school and into her freshman year with her current teammates, Davidson also attended basketball camp with them this past summer.

During her first go-around in Cow Town, Davidson was a tower of power in all three of her sports.

She was tabbed as the MVP of the Wolf JV volleyball team as a freshman, then dominated in the four games she played on the hardwood before the move to Cali.

The last time Davidson wore a Wolf uniform, she poured in 15 points, snatched 10 boards and rejected a pair of shots in a JV win over Klahowya.

While she hasn’t had a chance to play softball for CHS (yet), she was a key member of a Central Whidbey Little League juniors squad which rolled to a 13-3 record and a league title when she was an 8th grader.

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Ema Smith (John Fisken photo)

   Ema Smith racked up four points, six boards, three steals and three blocks in a road win Tuesday night. (John Fisken photo)

Amy King

   CHS coach Amy King (center) gives her troops their marching orders. (David King photo)

Hannah Davidson’s swan song was a gem.

Playing in her final game as a Wolf before a move to California, the Coupeville High School freshman powered her JV girls’ basketball squad to a huge road win Tuesday night.

Davidson dropped in 10 points, snatched 15 rebounds, rejected a pair of shots and capped things by crashing hard to the floor in pursuit of a loose ball in the final seconds of a 26-17 victory against host Klahowya.

Hannah gave her teammates every thing she had,” CHS coach Amy King said. “A lot of great memories.”

The win, Coupeville’s third straight, lifts the Wolves to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in 1A Olympic League play.

To get there, CHS had to overcome a long trip to Silverdale, a late start (the JV played second) and a shorter roster than normal.

Maya Toomey-Stout and Brittany Powers were out, while Nicole Lester is fighting through a hurt ankle.

But, after a very slow start — Coupeville trailed 4-1 after a less-than-explosive first quarter — the Wolves found their groove and brought the Eagles crashing down.

An 11-2 advantage in the second quarter gave CHS the lead, while an 11-6 Wolf run in the third sealed Klahowya’s fate.

“We started off very slow. They got shots off, we got a little lost and just slower feet than normal,” King said. “Second quarter hit and things changed.”

Scout Smith finally broke the seal on the hoop late in the first, notching a free throw, then the fireworks exploded during the next eight minutes.

Employing their “Powerhouse Group” of big bangers Davidson, Ema Smith and swing player Sarah Wright, the Wolves “really riled things up.”

“Between the three, we got a much needed boost,” King said. “The defense was more dynamic and louder, the offense moved better and we were able to hit the posts on some great passes.”

Ashlie Shank and Maddy Hilkey joined the trio on the floor, and that lineup, which switched from a zone defense to man-to-man, lit up the scoreboard.

“It was the magical change,” King said. “We had a lot more shots go up, they got less rebounds – on the press break, we moved the ball up the floor much better and controlled.”

The game also became much more physical, on both sides of the ball, but especially on Klahowya’s.

“This quarter became the first of high fouls,” King said. “We were getting hit, hugged, knocked down and arms slapped while shooting.

“At one point, Hannah had a Klahowya defender around her neck,” she added. “Hannah, Ema and Sarah seemed to have  a contest going to see who could get the most free throws as we shot 15 in that quarter alone.”

Coupeville responded by clamping down on defense, with Tia Wurzrainer and Emma Mathusek stepping in to put considerable pressure on the Eagle ball-handlers.

With three Klahowya players fouling out in the fourth quarter and the clock ticking down (Coupeville had to leave by 7 PM to catch a ferry), the final stages of the game “seemed to take forever.”

“Time just slowed down,” King said. “That being said, we’re extremely happy for the win.”

Davidson paced the Wolves with a game-high 10 points, while Wright knocked down six and Ema Smith swished four.

Scout Smith (3), Avalon Renninger (2) and Lester (1) rounded out the scorers.

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