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Cody Roberts and the Coupeville JV boys hoops squad decimated host Concrete Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They started off hot, and ended even hotter.

Blitzing host Concrete from start to finish Friday, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad roared to a 57-20 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 4-3 and keeps the young guns undefeated on the road.

The JV is a spotless 3-0 when playing away from Whidbey, which is probably a great sign, as Coupeville’s boys play five of their next six in hostile gyms.

Friday, the Wolves blew out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter, paced by eight points from hot-shooting freshman Logan Martin, and never looked back.

While the second quarter became a defensive stalemate (4-4) and the third quarter was competitive, with CHS holding an 11-8 edge, the fourth quarter was show time.

Coupeville couldn’t miss down the stretch, riding 10 from Grady Rickner and eight off the fingertips of Daniel Olson as it cruised to the finish line on a torrid 24-2 tear.

The Wolves spread their offensive burden across almost the entire active roster, with seven of eight players notching a bucket.

Grady Rickner led the way with 19 points, while Olson was hot on his heels with 18.

Martin (8), Jaylen Nitta (4), TJ Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Chris Ruck was an unstoppable force of nature while playing aggressive defense.

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Freshman Logan Martin scored 12 of his game-high 19 in the fourth Tuesday, as the Coupeville JV almost pulled off a come-from-behind win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All the shots Logan Martin has put up over the years are paying off.

The Coupeville High School freshman has been one of the most consistent scoring threats the Wolf JV basketball squad has, something he more than proved Tuesday night.

Rattling home 12 of his game-high 19 in the fourth quarter, Martin sparked a pressure-packed CHS comeback against a tough Sultan squad.

Trailing by seven entering the final frame, the Wolves snatched their first lead of the game with three minutes to go, but couldn’t hold on in the waning seconds, falling 52-46.

The loss, coming in the North Sound Conference opener, drops Coupeville’s young guns to 0-1 in league play, 3-3 overall.

While he was hoping for a win, Wolf JV coach Chris Smith exited wearing a huge smile, pleased with the grit his team showed.

Especially with virtually no bench, as Coupeville, missing three key players due to injuries and illness, only went six deep on the night.

“Best we’ve played this season!,” Smith said. “Great to see the guys get after it.”

The Wolves trailed for the first 29 minutes of a 32-minute game, but never let Sultan slip too far away.

That set up the potential for a fourth-quarter thriller, and Martin and Co. delivered.

Down 33-26 after three quarters, CHS roared to life in the final frame, going on a 17-6 run in which Martin threw down 12 points.

After hitting a sweet fall-away, slapping home a layup off of a steal, and netting a turnaround jumper in the paint, he wandered outside the three-point arc and began to rain the pain.

The first of back-to-back three-balls off of Martin’s sizzlin’ fingertips pushed the Wolves up 40-39, then the follow-up stretched Coupeville’s lead to four points.

He wasn’t the only Wolf making sweet music with the net, as Daniel Olson sank a long jumper under pressure and Grady Rickner hit an awkward-looking, but very-effective, three ball while being severely bumped by a defender in the left corner.

Sultan was nothing if not resilient, however, immediately connecting on a one-handed runner in the paint and a three-ball of its own to reclaim the lead at 44-43.

With the table set for a fingernail-chomping finale, CHS knotted the game at 44 on an Olson free throw, then snatched back the momentum with a major show of force down in the paint.

Sophomore big man TJ Rickner, who has taken huge steps in his first season, yanked down a rebound in a forest of Turks, then powered back up.

As he banked home the ball from up close to make it 46-44, his coach screamed “Yes, TJ, yes!!” and it was time for Sultan to collapse.

But, as quickly as it arrived, the fairy tale ending evaporated for Coupeville, as the Turks closed the game on a methodical 8-0 “run” to seal their harder-than-expected win.

Half of the points came via free throws, as Sultan capped a strong evening at the charity stripe by netting its final four opportunities.

The torrid fourth quarter capped a game which stayed very close from start to finish.

Cody Roberts splatted a long three-ball in the first quarter, while Martin was a force on both ends of the floor, dropping a mix of turnaround j’s and three balls, and also skying to reject a pair of Turk shots.

Still, Sultan slipped in enough in the early going to nail down a 13-9 lead after one quarter, then stretch the margin to 23-18 at the half.

Coupeville wrapped a pair of treys, one from Grady Rickner and one from Olson, around a short jumper from Tucker Hall, to keep things close in the third and set up the frantic finale.

Martin’s 19 points represent his best showing as a high school player, while Olson and Grady Rickner backed him with eight apiece.

TJ Rickner (4), Hall (4) and Roberts (3) also scored, as all six Wolves to see floor time scratched their names in the scoring column.

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Kiara Contreras banked home a bucket and dealt out three assists Saturday as the Coupeville JV girls romped to a road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They torched the gym.

Metaphorically! METAPHORICALLY!!

They’re still a little touchy around Orcas High School, after the JV gym almost LITERALLY burnt down Friday, so we need to be clear with our words.

Saturday, a day after someone caught things in the nick of time as the electrical doodads in the score clock went haywire, the Coupeville JV girls basketball squad showed up to burn things down in a safer way.

“The nets were on fire – baskets dropping everywhere!” said very-happy CHS coach Amy King.

Led by a season-high offensive explosion from freshman Abby Mulholland — perhaps channeling uncle Randy Keefe, the third-highest scorer in 102 years of Wolf boys varsity basketball — Coupeville romped to a 31-18 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the young guns to 1-3 and sent them back to the bus with an extra skip in their step.

Make that two or three extra skips for their coach.

“There was a patience on offense we haven’t seen yet and a fight on defense thru the entire game,” King said.

Ja’Kenya (Hoskins) was calling for the ball in the post, Mollie (Bailey) really sparked things on offense, Anya (Leavell) had a number of steals at the top of the key creating fast breaks and Kylie (Van Velkinburgh) shut down the Orcas offense and had some really nice shots.

“It was exciting to see the girls put together their most complete game so far.”

After the brush with fiery fury from above, the game was played with a make-shift clock on the scorekeeper’s table and no shot clock.

Not that Coupeville had any trouble getting their shots in the air quickly and efficiently.

“The girls came out strong and got stronger as the game progressed,” King said.

The Wolves methodically stretched the lead, taking it from two points after one quarter to five at the half, then using a 7-1 surge in the third to ice things.

Mulholland was front and center for the Wolf attack, stepping up to drain a high school career high of 11 points.

“The girls really shot well,” King said. “Abby had an awesome night, receiving pass after pass and putting the ball up and over.

“Our game was controlled on offense, moving the ball well, shortening the passes to minimize opportunities for steals,” she added. “We actually set up and ran a few different offenses and got great open shots.”

While the Wolves spread out the offensive love, with six other players joining Mulholland in the scoring column, it was freshman point guard Kiara Contreras who played the role of the straw who stirred the drink.

Kiara always adds an electricity to the court on both offense and defense,” King said. “She gives that type of pressure that other teams don’t like playing against, and she has been moving the ball really well on offense, feeding her teammates.”

While the offense was clicking, the defense was in lock-down mode.

During a second quarter time out, frosh Izzy Wells asked King if they could switch to a press, and her coach agreed with the move, which forced Orcas to hurry up and make multiple errors.

With nine players in uniform, the Wolves used everyone, and everyone made an impact, especially on D.

Ja’Kenya worked well in the middle with Izzy and Kylie on either side,” King said. “Up top, Mollie and Anya shut down any chance for long shots.

“On defense the girls talked, shut down their drives and started anticipating passes that resulted in a lot of steals,” she added. “Alana (Mihill) and Morgan (Stevens) rounded out the team, providing tough defense whenever they were in and working hard on offense.”

Mulholland’s 11 points led the way, while Leavell kicked in six and Bailey popped for five. Wells (4), Contreras (2), Hoskins (2), and Van Velkinburgh (1) also scored.

The stat sheet was topped by Wells (11 rebounds), Leavell (seven steals), Contreras (three assists) and the slap-happy duo of Bailey and Hoskins, who collected a blocked shot apiece.

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Abby Mulholland tossed in four points Wednesday during a thriller of a JV game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Thriller, part deux.

Playing in the moments after the varsity team escaped with a two-point win Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad decided to up the ante.

The first game ended when the Wolves chased down and corralled a final rebound to seal their victory. So, in the second clash, things got pushed to a final, buzzer-beating shot.

Which, unfortunately for Coupeville, refused to drop.

CHS had the look it wanted, and the shooter it wanted, but the rim proved unforgiving and this time it was Friday Harbor escaping with a 29-27 victory.

“The girls executed the play as drawn, the ball comes in and gets to Kiara (Contreras), who had a defender on her,” said Coupeville coach Amy King. “Perfect pass to Izzy (Wells), who has a perfect-looking shot, hit the rim and just bounced off.

“It was an exciting game,” she added. “Varsity was behind the JV bench chanting “defense” in the loudest volume possible.

“Improvements are happening with every practice and every game, and as long as we continue to work on the little things, we will be just fine.”

The scrappy Wolf young guns, now 0-3 on the young season, opened play minus starting post player Kylie Chernikoff. A ferocious rebounder and defender, she injured her leg earlier in the day.

That left King scrambling to adjust the starting lineup, but the Wolves quickly adapted.

Down 7-6 after one quarter, Coupeville got a couple buckets from Abby Mulholland and a three-ball off the fingertips of Mollie Bailey in the second quarter and flipped the switch.

Tack on a rebound put-back from Ja’Kenya Hoskins, who “was a monster under the basket, making sure the other teams couldn’t just get easy passes or shots,” and the Wolves went to the break up 15-11.

Then things went all higgedly-piggedly for a bit.

“The second half we came out very slow and were forced to call a timeout to bring out the energy,” King said. “Anya (Leavell) and Mollie came out of that timeout and forced good things to happen with some steals and fast breaks.”

Leavell stayed hot in the fourth quarter, raining down seven points in the frame, including a three-ball, and the Wolves battled to the wire, with “both teams trying to get the ball down the court, pressing the ball, causing turnovers.”

While Friday Harbor came out on the positive side of the final score, King came away pleased with a lot of what she saw from her freshman-heavy squad.

Izzy was a steady player the entire game, snagging rebounds, helping with the ball, taking shots and just playing a well-rounded game,” she said.

Kiara, Anya and Mollie took care of defending the top half of the key, with help through the game from Abby, Kylie (Van Velkinburgh), Alana (Mihill) and Lily (Leedy).”

Coupeville’s scoring attack was led by Leavell, who toasted the net for a game-high 11 points, while Mulholland (4), Wells (4), Bailey (3), Van Velkinburgh (2), Hoskins (2), and Contreras (1) also got their name in the book.

Wells hauled down 13 rebounds, Hoskins snatched 12 boards, Leavell and Bailey each notched five steals and Contreras doled out a pair of assists.

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Tucker Hall netted five points Wednesday as the Coupeville JV waged war with visiting Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still have the best record in town.

Even after running into a very talented Friday Harbor squad Wednesday, resulting in a 65-38 loss, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team boasts the best win/loss record of the five Wolf hoops teams.

Sitting at 2-2 after the defeat, the young guns are already on the move, mentally preparing for a Saturday road trip to Orcas Island.

Facing off with Friday Harbor, the Wolves had speed and shooting, but couldn’t match the height advantage of the visitors.

Most of Coupeville’s scoring came from its back-court aces, as sophomores Daniel Olson and Sage Downes paced the attack with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Grady Rickner swished six, Tucker Hall dropped five, Logan Martin rumbled for four, and TJ Rickner knocked down a pair of free throws to round out the scoring.

Cody Roberts, Chris Ruck and Miles Davidson also saw floor time for the Wolves, who were missing Alex Jimenez and Xavier Murdy.

Downes hit a pair of three-balls, while Hall and Grady Rickner added treys of their own.

That trio combined to score all of Coupeville’s points in its best frame of the night, a 14-point second quarter in which Hall and Downes each rattled home five points and Rickner added four.

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