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Pamela Morrell and her CMS basketball teammates reached the halfway point of their season Wednesday afternoon, facing off with Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

7th grader Savina Wells leads all Wolves in scoring, averaging 14.6 points a game.

Halfway home.

The Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads reached the midpoint of their season Wednesday, welcoming ginormous Lakewood to town.

While the Wolf players will eventually move up to join a 2B high school here in Cow Town, their rivals represent the farm team for a large 2A school.

But, while CMS pulls from a much-smaller student body, Coupeville’s hoops stars put up a good fight Wednesday, staying close in two of three contests.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

Coupeville won the second half, but couldn’t fully dig its way out of an early hole, falling 36-23.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-3 on the season, headed into another home game next Monday, March 2 against Granite Falls.

Lakewood controlled the game in the early going, jumping out to a 10-3 lead after one quarter of play, then stretching the margin to 24-8 by the half.

The Wolves rallied after the break, however, putting together a strong third-quarter performance behind the play of Savina Wells.

With the 7th grader dropping in seven of her team-high 10 points across the seven-minute frame, CMS had a 9-6 run, and outscored Lakewood 15-13 in the second half.

Brionna Blouin and Lauren Marrs backed Wells up on the offensive end of the floor, racking up nine and four points, respectively.

Blouin netted her team’s lone three-ball, and was the only Wolf to score in three different quarters.

Lyla Stuurmans, Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Desi Ramirez, and Madison McMillan also saw floor time for Coupeville’s top squad.

 

Level 2:

This one wasn’t pretty.

Failing to score until the 4th quarter, the Wolves absorbed a 47-3 loss, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.

Down 20-0 at the first break and 35-0 at the half, CMS couldn’t get a shot to drop until Chloe Marzocca splashed home a fourth-quarter three-ball.

Her support crew included Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Katie Marti, Grey Peabody, Aby Wood, Reese Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Nastali.

 

Level 3:

The final game of the day was the closest, with Coupeville battling strongly in a 32-24 loss.

The defeat drops the young Wolves to 0-3 on the season.

A little bit of a slow start tripped up CMS, as the hosts fell behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, then played Lakewood virtually even the rest of the way.

The second, third, and fourth quarter all ended up with counts of 8-6, with Coupeville claiming the third frame behind four points each from Heaton and Johnson.

Heaton had the hot hand all afternoon, rattling home points in all four quarters as she tallied a team-high 10, while Johnson (6), Marzocca (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Devika Vogelsang-Puente (2) also banked in points.

With Marzocca and Vogelsang-Puente notching their first buckets Wednesday, 20 of Coupeville’s 27 players have scored this season.

Also seeing floor time against Lakewood were Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, Gabriella Becktell, and Aubrey Blitch.

 

Unofficial season scoring stats:

Savina Wells – 73
Lauren Marrs – 33
Brionna Blouin – 23
Jada Heaton – 17
Lyla Stuurmans – 15
Reese Wilkinson – 14
Katie Marti – 9
Grey Peabody – 9
Issabel Johnson – 8
Chloe Marzocca – 7
Bryley Gilbert – 6
Skylar Parker – 6
Mia Farris – 4
Madison McMillan – 4
Kayla Arnold – 2
Aubrey Blitch – 2
Taylor Brotemarkle – 2
Allison Nastali – 2
Alena Osborne – 2
Devika Vogelsang-Puente – 2

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Jada Heaton lines up a free throw. (Corinn Parker photos)

Savina Wells slices ‘n dices the defense.

Wolves (l to r) Chloe Marzocca, Lauren Marrs, and Skylar Parker ponder the fate of the universe.

Taylor Brotemarkle, gettin’ ready to wreck people.

Reese Wilkinson and Savina Wells wait for a rebound.

Katie Marti (far left) and Heaton get out on the run, as Wells pushes the ball.

Lyla Stuurmans is locked in.

Coupeville coach Fred Farris lays down some hoops wisdom to a receptive audience.

Heaton enjoys her time on the court.

No games, but plenty of pics.

The Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team had a rare bye Saturday, giving the Wolves a chance to rest up for the stretch run.

With three weeks left in the season, we take a moment to catch up, and peruse some photos.

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“I must break you!” (Susan Farris photo)

They’ve got everyone running scared.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team is so dangerous, giving up a few runs is almost yawn-inducing.

After giving Anacortes a brief glimmer of hope Friday, the Hammerheads flicked the destruction button on their bats and rained down the game’s final 17 runs on their way to a 25-5 win.

The victory, called after three innings due to the mercy rule, lifts Central Whidbey to a flawless 6-0 on the season.

Having outscored foes 120-28 across those six games, you start to question if anyone can touch the Hammerheads.

And maybe that’s what Sedro-Woolley was thinking, after they cancelled a scheduled trip to Coupeville for a Saturday game.

Now it’s very possible, even likely, the reason for the cancellation was something mundane like illness or missing players.

But I’m sticking with my original thought — no one wants to face Godzilla, especially on Godzilla’s home turf.

Friday night the Hammerheads gave staff ace Chloe Marzocca the night off, instead putting the ball into Allison Nastali’s hands and allowing her to make her first start in the pitcher’s circle.

Nastali responded, whiffing five batters across her three innings of work, while “throwing gas” in the words of CWLL coach Fred Farris.

Teagan Calkins and Brionna Blouin split time behind the plate, while Blouin also made a sensational snag of a line drive while pulling duty at first base.

While Central Whidbey had “just” an 8-5 lead after one inning of play, Farris let his veterans take the lead on getting things back in the proper flow.

Taylor (Brotemarkle) demonstrated good leadership, calming the troops after a rocky start,” he said.

The Hammerheads immediately responded, erupting for 13 runs in the second, before tacking on four more in the third inning to ice things.

Central Whidbey pounded out 11 hits, with Blouin leading the way with four base-knocks.

Jada Heaton, Brotemarkle, and Mayleen Weatherford collected two hits apiece, with Calkins adding one.

Equally important to the team’s success was the ability of the Hammerhead hitters to eke out walks, as they combined to rack up 21 free passes.

Madison McMillan, Aleksia Jump, and Nastali each walked four times, with Calkins making the leisurely trot to first base on three occasions.

Even Mia Farris, who sat out most of the game alongside Marzocca in a bid to even the playing field a bit, walked in her one at-bat.

All nine starters scored at least twice apiece, from Katie Marti, who trotted home two times, to the trio of McMillan, Blouin, and Jump, who tapped the plate four times each.

The Hammerheads have a busy week ahead, as they’ll put their winning streak on the line with five games in six days.

Central Whidbey travels to South Whidbey May 6 and North Whidbey May 7, then hosts North Whidbey May 9. The week wraps with a doubleheader May 11 on the road against South Skagit.

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