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Morgan Stevens and the Coupeville JV are a crisp 6-3 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mark February 4 on your calendar, cause that’s revenge night.

After being nipped at the very end of a tense struggle with arch-rival South Whidbey Friday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team is all about the pay-back.

The Wolves may have fallen 30-28, absorbing the first ding on their league record, but they’ll be ready for the rematch.

“I’m really proud of these girls and the work they have put in so far this season,” said Wolf JV coach Megan Smith.

“We played really hard and had some fantastic moments!,” she added. “In the end, they just outhustled us and came out on top.

“But we’ll get them when they come to our house!”

Friday’s loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to a still spiffy 3-1 in North Sound Conference play, 6-3 overall.

Back on the floor for the first time in a week, after surviving Snowmageddon 2020, the Wolves had a little trouble with their shooting touch in the early going Friday night.

Unable to hit from the floor, all CHS could rustle up was a free throw apiece from Ella Colwell and Abby Mulholland, and trailed 8-2 at the first break.

And then, in an instant, the Wolves flipped a switch, running off more than half their points during a 17-7 second-quarter explosion.

Freshman Gwen Gustafson flipped the nets skyward, dropping in six in the frame, while Savana Allen and Mulholland added four apiece, and just like that, Coupeville was in the lead.

Up 19-15 at the half, the Wolves were still ahead 23-21 after three quarters, and had their chances to take the game in the fourth.

While it wasn’t to be, CHS did get balanced scoring, with Gustafson pacing the squad with eight points.

She was joined in the scoring column by Mulholland (7), Allen (6), Colwell (3), Alita Blouin (2), and Ryanne Knoblich (2), while Morgan Stevens and Jessenia Camarena also saw floor time.

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Senior sharpshooter Scout Smith rattled the rims for 13 Friday as Coupeville bounced arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were a two-woman wrecking crew.

Outscoring South Whidbey by themselves Friday, Scout Smith and birthday girl Chelsea Prescott torched the nets for 13 points apiece, lifting the Coupeville High School varsity girls hoops squad to a major rivalry win.

Getting stronger as the night went on, the Wolves rolled to a 34-25 road win in Langley, improving to 3-1 in North Sound Conference action.

Now 8-3 overall, Coupeville won by clamping down on defense, hitting some key three-balls, and overcoming another shaky night at the free throw line.

The Wolves connected on just 3-12 at the charity stripe, continuing a season-long struggle, but made up for it in every other facet of the game.

On the day she celebrated her 17th birthday, Prescott had the hot hand early, banking in five points in the opening quarter to stake CHS to a 10-8 lead.

From there, the Wolves steadily pulled away, using 10-4 and 10-6 surges across the next two frames to build a 30-18 lead heading into the fourth.

Prescott continued to bang away on the offensive end, while her senior running mate found life fun behind the three-point arc.

Smith drained a pair of three-balls in the second quarter, then came back for another trey in the third, offering up something South Whidbey had no answers for on this night.

With their twin 13-point efforts, both of Coupeville’s shooting stars continue to climb up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, which covers 1974-2020.

Smith, now with 239 points, jumps from #50 to #46, passing Mikayla Elfrank (227), Ema Smith (228), Hilary Kortuem (231), and Breeanna Messner (235).

Prescott, just a junior, has tallied 224 points as a high school player, and is on the cusp of also breaking into the Top 50.

She moved from #54 to #51 Friday, elbowing past Beth Mouw (216), Lisa Roehl (216), and Annette Jameson (223).

Coupeville also got scoring from Avalon Renninger (4), Maddie Georges (2), and Hannah Davidson (2) Friday, while Carolyn Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Tia Wurzrainer, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh saw floor time.

Renninger reached a milestone of her own, as her final point of the night, a third-quarter free throw, was the 100th of her career.

Friday’s win kicked off a five-game road trip for the Wolves, who are scheduled to play three times next week.

CHS travels to Granite Falls Monday, Cedar Park Christian Friday, and Port Townsend Saturday.

The first and third games are make-up games after snow and wind, respectively, got in the way the first time around.

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Jered Brown tossed in seven points Friday as Coupeville battled Island rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Throw out the first three minutes and it was a battle royal.

Recovering strongly after a brutal opening, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad played host South Whidbey even over the game’s final 29 minutes Friday night.

Unfortunately, that early 14-0 deficit proved to be the difference in a 64-50 loss.

The road defeat drops the Wolves to 1-2 in North Sound Conference action, 4-7 overall, while the high-flying Falcons soar to 3-1, 11-3.

Back in a live game for the first time in seven days, after snow prevented it from playing earlier in the week, Coupeville stumbled badly coming out of the tip-off.

With more turnovers (four) than shot attempts (one) in the first 180 seconds, the Wolves had no answers for the tall, quick Falcons.

Once CHS coach Brad Sherman got his players locked-in, however, they proved capable of holding their own.

With Mason Grove and Sean Toomey-Stout combining for nine points, the Wolves closed the first quarter on an 11-9 mini-surge.

Coupeville’s shooting went ice-cold for a stretch in the second frame, allowing South Whidbey to stretch the margin from 23-11 after one to 38-18 at the half, but there was hope.

Grove rained down a pair of three-balls in both the third and fourth quarters, and the Wolves used 18-15 and 14-11 runs across the final two quarters to shave away at the lead.

The Wolf senior had a hot touch from behind the arc all night, hitting at least one three-ball in every quarter as he rang up seven treys on his way to a team-best 23 points.

But while one CHS player torched the nets, the host Falcons got big-time scoring from a pair of players, with Carson Wrightson and Sterling Patton banking in 23 apiece to tie Grove for game-high honors.

While his one-man shooting show ultimately couldn’t save Coupeville, Grove notched a personal milestone, cracking the Top 100 on his school’s boys basketball career scoring chart.

With his 23 points, he passed 12 former Wolf greats Friday, including Tyler King, Aaron Curtin, and Brian Fakkema.

Grove sits with 291 points, tied with Risen Johnson at #96 for a Coupeville hoops program currently in its 103rd season.

Xavier Murdy and Jered Brown were Grove’s primary back-ups Friday, both dropping in seven points, including a three-ball apiece.

Koa Davison (6), Sean Toomey-Stout (5), and Jacobi Pilgrim (2) also scored for Coupeville, with Jean Lund-Olsen, Hawthorne Wolfe, and Gavin Knoblich seeing floor time.

Thanks to weather make-ups, Coupeville has a busy week ahead.

The Wolf boys host Cedar Park Christian Monday, travel to King’s Tuesday, get a road-rematch with CPC Friday, then host Port Townsend Saturday.

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Grady Rickner tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday as the Coupeville JV hoops squad rumbled with Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Different game, different hero.

This year’s Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team is very balanced, with scoring threats at every position.

On opening night, Sage Downes had the hottest hand. Jump forward a night, and it was Grady Rickner’s turn.

The lanky sophomore tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday in Oak Harbor, leading a pack of nine Wolves who scored in a 68-40 loss.

Five players, led by Rickner, nailed three-balls, but it wasn’t enough to save Coupeville, which fell to 1-1 headed into its home opener.

That comes Saturday, when the Wolves host Orcas Island in another non-conference game.

Wednesday’s bout was a rock-em, sock-em affair from the start, with Oak Harbor bolting out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play.

The second frame was the most high-powered of the evening, with the teams combining for 38 points.

The talented Wildcats held the edge in that one, as well, using a 21-17 spurt to push the lead out before the half.

Rickner swished a pair of treys while piling up his 10 points, with Cody Roberts, Sage Downes, Logan Martin, and Alex Jimenez also hitting from long distance.

Downes finished with six points, while Jimenez (5), Daniel Olson (4), Roberts (4), Alex Murdy (4), Martin (3), Chris Cernick (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also dropped their names into the scoring column.

Rounding out the active Wolf roster were hard-playing hustlers Chris Ruck and Miles Davidson.

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Hawthorne Wolfe singed the nets for a career-best 34 points Wednesday in a wild overtime game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

What a difference a year makes.

In last season’s opener, Coupeville, a 2B-sized school playing out the string in 1A, faced off with their next-door neighbor, 3A Oak Harbor, in a boy’s basketball game, and came within a bucket of losing by 50 points.

Wednesday night, on the second night of a back-to-back road-trip, the Wolves came within a bucket of flat-out beating their big-school rivals.

Oak Harbor escaped, scoring the final five points in overtime to eke out a 73-69 win in their opener, but Coupeville delivered a big statement.

The Wolves, who sit at 0-2 headed towards their own home opener Saturday against Orcas Island, won’t back down.

And they won’t have to, if they get play like they did Wednesday, when sophomore guard Hawthorne Wolfe burnt the whole gym down, and CHS big men Ulrik Wells, Jacobi Pilgrim, and Koa Davison came up huge in crunch time.

Wolfe will get the big headlines, and he deserves them, after tossing in a career-best 34 points.

Along the way, Coupeville’s modern-day “Pistol Pete” connected on seven three-balls and went on a 12-0 run by himself at one point.

It was the kind of blow-your-socks-off performance which carries you, in one night, past 21 former CHS players on the program’s career scoring chart.

Wolfe exited the Oak Harbor gym, just two games into his sophomore campaign, sitting in a tie with current Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.

The duo each have 198 points in a Coupeville uniform, putting them in a (probably momentary) deadlock at #132 on the chart, which covers 103 seasons.

A quick three-ball from Wolfe tied the game at 3-3, then, with his team trailing 8-3, the CHS gunner went off on the kind of hot streak from long-range his coach, Brad Sherman, used to be known for back in the day.

Three straight trips down the floor, and three straight daggers, as Wolfe knifed the Wildcats from the top of the arc with pull-up jumpers which caressed the net as they slid through.

Not content to stop there, he capped his run by spearing a wayward pass and crashing hard to the hoop for a fourth-straight three-point play, but this one the hard way.

Slapping a layup high off the glass, Wolfe absorbed the hit, then calmly went to the line and plunked the ensuing free-throw to set the ‘Cats back on their heels.

Sean Toomey-Stout added a layup of his own, ripping the ball free and careening the length of the court on a breakaway, and suddenly a 14-0 run had Coupeville in front 17-8.

It would be the biggest lead of the night for the Wolves, but Oak Harbor had plenty of fight of its own.

Closing the first quarter on an 8-2 run, the Wildcats got back within 19-16 at the break, then netted one of their 12 three-balls on the opening play of the second quarter to knot the game back up.

If Oak Harbor thought their rivals would blink, Gavin Knoblich had an immediate answer, and that answer was “SIR, NO, SIR!,” as the Wolf senior netted his own trey from the top of the arc a split second later.

Eight more points from Wolfe, with a pair of long-range bombs and a sweet pull-up jumper off a delightful dish from running mate Mason Grove, and Coupeville refused to give the lead back.

Wolfe wasn’t the only one hitting, as Davison banked home a runner, and Grove hit pay dirt of his own from three-point land, sending CHS to the halftime break up 35-31.

That was just the setup for a wild ‘n woolly second half.

The third quarter was a roller-coaster ride, with Oak Harbor claiming a one-point lead, Coupeville responding with an 11-2 run sparked by Wolfe, Grove, and Jered Brown, then the Wildcats storming back once again.

Four ‘Cat three-balls to end the quarter, packaged around one trey from Wolfe, staked the hosts to a 50-49 lead headed into the final (we thought) quarter, sending Oak Harbor fans into a tizzy.

But the Wolves had their own fanatics in attendance, ready to rock their share of the gold ‘n purple encrusted gym I hadn’t visited since back in my Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor days.

How long ago was that?

Well, none of the players on the floor Wednesday were alive in the mid-’90s, so it’s been a moment or two.

If Coupeville’s weapon of choice through the first three quarters had been the long-range bomb, in the fourth the Wolves let the tall dudes go to work down low.

Wells, holding his own in the paint against Oak Harbor star (and could-have-been Coupeville teammate) Matt Kelley, sank a pair of short jumpers to tie the game at 53-53.

Then things got frantic.

Exchanging shots to the ribs, the teams traded the lead seven times down the stretch.

Davison (a put-back), Wells (a bank shot off the glass), and Toomey-Stout (two pressure-packed free throws in front of a hysterical crowd) gave CHS momentary one-point leads.

Back down 61-59 with a little over a minute to play, the Wolves got the tying bucket from Pilgrim, off a dish from Brown, then the go-ahead score on a Davison hook shot.

A pretty, pretty shot, it was set up by a HUGE offensive rebound from Pilgrim, who went between two Wildcats to rip the ball free.

An Oak Harbor miss away from one of the biggest wins in recent memory, Coupeville kept the ‘Cats from lofting another three-ball, but a running jumper from the side with 33 ticks to play was enough to force yet another tie.

CHS had the final shot in regulation, thanks to Wolfe popping his biceps and out-wrestling a rival who tried to force a jump ball, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Kelley, who played for Coupeville through eighth grade, opened overtime with a layup, but Toomey-Stout answered with a ferocious offensive rebound and put-back bucket.

With both fan sections losing their collective minds, the teams swapped leads after that.

Slashing to the hoop off of an in-bounds play, Wolfe garnered the final points of his breakout performance with a layup, before another Davison hook, thrown up in the middle of a mob, gave CHS a 69-68 edge.

Oak Harbor rose to the moment one final time, however, drilling their final three-ball of the night, then hitting two free throws as the final seconds ticked away on Coupeville.

Eight of the nine Wolf players to see the floor scored, and the one who didn’t, Tucker Hall, delivered one of the night’s best hustle plays.

Holding on for dear life against a ‘Cat player who had 30 pounds on him, at least, the lanky Wolf senior went up and over his rival, riding the bucking bronco while refusing to let go of the rock, earning a key jump ball.

Wolfe’s 34 topped all scorers, while Davison banked home eight, and Toomey-Stout, Grove, and Wells all popped for six.

Pilgrim (4), Knoblich (3), and Brown (2) rounded out the attack.

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