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Logan Martin was one of five Wolves to score in double figures Saturday, as the Coupeville JV scored a season-high 82 points in a win over Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All about that balance, baby.

The Coupeville High School boys JV basketball team is loaded with gunners, and Chris Smith’s squad can kill you in a billion different ways.

That was shown one more time Saturday night, as five different Wolves hit double-digits in scoring as their team set a season scoring high while paddling visiting Port Townsend 82-63.

With the non-conference victory, the young guns improve to 9-5 on the season, guaranteeing they will finish with a winning record.

The Wolf JV has three games left on the schedule, with home games against South Whidbey (Jan. 28) and Granite Falls (Jan. 31), then a road trip to Sultan (Feb. 4).

Coupeville’s second squad beat all three of those schools the first time they played this season.

Saturday’s matchup with Port Townsend was a makeup of a game postponed by bad weather, and the Wolves were primed.

Barely a minute into the game, Daniel Olson crashed to the hoop, sucked in a dart of an inbounds pass and whipped home a layup, putting CHS up 4-2.

You could have called the game at that exact moment, as the visiting RedHawks would never gain the lead.

Of course, if they did, we would have missed out on another 31 minutes of highlight reel-worthy plays from the high-flying Wolves.

The passes zipped on this night, the defense was harsh and unyielding, often leading to breakaway buckets, and every guy in a Wolf uniform had a bead on the basket.

Five different Coupeville players scored in the first quarter, with Grady Rickner leading the way with a quick seven points courtesy a three-ball from the top of the arc, and a couple of long runs which led to note-perfect layups.

Both of those latter plays were set up by pinpoint ball movement, with Olson and Logan Martin firing long outlet passes which soared over scrambling defenders, then dropped on to Rickner’s waiting fingers.

When he wasn’t kicking the ball up court, Martin was banging it home as well, dropping a three-ball of his own right after arcing in a sweet little jumper in the paint.

The prettiest play of the quarter came at the very end, however.

With the clock racing to 0:00 and Smith exhorting his players to pick up the pace and get their rears up the floor, Cody Roberts came ambling by, dribbling into position.

Juking his defender off his feet, the lanky Wolf snapped to a stop and let a rainbow fly free, dropping an NBA-worthy three-ball through the bottom of the net as his coach did a double fist pump and the buzzer sounded.

If Roberts shot was a dagger, there were plenty more where that came from, as the Wolves blew open the game in the second quarter.

Sage Downes, who would finish as the second-highest scorer in the game, didn’t notch his first bucket until he converted a layup off of a steal to stretch the lead to 30-18.

With that play reigniting his scoring mojo, the middle of Angie Downes three sons then started dropping buckets like mad, slashing to the hoop time and again on his way to nine points in the quarter.

Coupeville went to the halftime locker room up 42-23, but not before Olson set up a Rickner layup with a laser-guided pass which tore the fabric of time as it also sliced ‘n diced two hapless defenders who watched it fly by their heads.

The biggest roar from the crowd came on a play by Miles Davidson, however, as he came rumbling down the right side of the floor, went airborne, and scooped up an underhanded shot, all while being whacked upside the head and body.

The ball kissed the glass and plopped through, then Davidson banked in a free throw to cap the game’s most hard-earned three-point play.

Port Townsend kept coming in the second half, but other than a brief fourth-quarter run fueled by three consecutive three-balls, could offer little resistance.

Everything was working for Coupeville, from T.J. Rickner playing like a savage down in the paint, to urban legend Chris Ruck exploding off the bench to score the game’s final bucket.

By the time all the scorebook totals had been added up, the Wolf offensive attack was remarkably well-balanced.

Grady Rickner, finishing with 18 points, narrowly edged out Downes, who slapped home 17, while Olson (12), Martin (11), and Roberts (10) all had hot hands of their own.

T.J. Rickner (7), Davidson (5), and Ruck (2) also scored for Coupeville, while Alex Jimenez was a beast on the defensive end of the floor.

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Natalie Castano was one of 10 girls to score Saturday as Coupeville’s JV romped to a lopsided win at Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beautiful beatdown.

Getting points from 10 different players Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball team annihilated host Port Townsend.

Toasting the RedHawks 51-11, the Wolves used the non-conference win to improve to a spiffy 9-3 on the season.

Megan Smith’s squad came out on fire and ran away with the game early, jumping out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter of play.

Coupeville’s deadliest gunner in the early going was sophomore swing player Audrianna Shaw, who peppered the nets for 10 points in the first frame alone.

After that, the Wolves steadily added to their lead, pushing the advantage to 31-9 at the half, then 43-9 after holding Port Townsend scoreless in the third quarter.

With plenty of scoring opportunities, Coupeville spread out its offensive load, with freshman Alita Blouin and Shaw tying for team-high honors with 12 points apiece.

Ella Colwell, Savana Allen, and Jessenia Camarena provided plenty of support for the dynamic duo, with each Wolf ringing up six points.

Ryanne Knoblich (2), Natalie Castano (2), Anya Leavell (2), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (2), and Gwen Gustafson (1) also scored, while Heidi Meyers, Mollie Bailey, and Morgan Stevens saw floor time.

Coupeville returns to action next week with two of its final three North Sound Conference tilts.

The Wolves travel to Shoreline Tuesday to face King’s, then host Granite Falls Friday night.

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Kylie Van Velkinburgh banked home five points Friday, as Coupeville’s JV nipped Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They don’t call Alita Blouin “The Assassin” for nothing.

Showcasing her nerves of steel and her burning desire to watch her opponents cry themselves to sleep, the Coupeville High School freshman lives to deliver daggers.

Friday night in Bothell, Blouin came through one more time, banking in a pair of pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws to lift the Wolf JV girls to a huge road win.

With a 29-26 victory over Cedar Park Christian, CHS sweeps the season series from the Eagles and improves to 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-3 overall.

Blouin’s free throws iced the win, but Coupeville jumped on CPC early, roaring out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play.

Four different Wolves tallied points in the opening frame, with Ryanne Knoblich and Anya Leavell pacing the squad with four apiece.

From there, Coupeville edged the lead out to 15-9 at the half, then held a 21-15 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

That was the frame where Blouin shone brightest, as she dropped in five of her team’s eight points across the final eight minutes.

Blouin and Knoblich finished with team-high scoring honors, having rattled the rims for seven points each, while Leavell (6), Kylie Van Velkinburgh (5), Mollie Bailey (2), and Audrianna Shaw (2) also scored.

CHS coach Megan Smith got quality work from everyone in uniform, with Gwen Gustafson, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, Ella Colwell, and Savana Allen also seeing floor time.

The Wolves get right back at it, heading to Port Townsend Saturday for a non-conference match-up with the Redhawks.

The game is a make-up for an earlier one which was cancelled due to high winds which shut down the ferry run.

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TJ Rickner was one of nine players to score Monday as Coupeville’s JV whacked Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They could have bent. They could have broke. They could have lost.

But they did none of those things.

Closing with fury and passion, the Coupeville High School boys JV basketball squad stepped back from the abyss Monday, then smacked the crud out of visiting Cedar Park Christian.

They might have lost a fourth quarter lead, but they never lost their heads, or their shooting touch, and the Wolves exited the floor with a very-satisfying 61-53 win.

The fourth-straight victiory for Coupeville, it lifts them to a flawless 4-0 in North Sound Conference action, 8-3 overall.

As sweet as the end result was, for one agonizing moment it looked like things might slip away from the Wolves.

CHS charged into the final quarter up 46-39, then watched it all go away, with Cedar Park using an 8-1 run to open the fourth and knot things up at 47-47.

The Wolves had led all the way since Sage Downes strolled through the paint and slapped home a layup to make it 8-6 in the very early going, and hadn’t surrendered the lead since that point.

And they never did.

Keeping the subtle cockiness in their walk, the Wolves looked up at the scoreboard, saw the 47-47 score, and laughed.

As quickly as the game had been tied, it was untied, with Cody Roberts popping a three-ball from the top of the arc to restore sanity and the lead.

Cedar Park got one more moment to dream about a comeback win, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up and in to slice the margin to 50-49, but then Coupeville dropped the nuclear bomb.

Or bombs with an S, since there was more than one.

Many more.

Daniel Olson slipped a silky jumper through the net, Grady Rickner took a steal the length of the floor, crashing through a too-slow defender for the layup, and then it was Olson again, slicing to the hoop for another bucket.

Cedar Park had no answers for the 11-0 run which broke the game open, though the greatest agony the Eagles seemed to endure came when Logan Martin arced home a three-ball from the far left corner.

One of eight treys the Wolves knocked down, it was the final, and most heart-rending sucker punch, eliciting a small wail from the CPC coach as he turned away, not able to witness any more.

While Chris Smith’s squad closed like assassins, the Wolves played strongly all night long.

Once it had the lead, Coupeville dared Cedar Park to take it away, then, time after time, smacked them in the face, Three Stooges-style.

Holding a 13-12 lead with time running out in the first quarter, CHS got a miracle bucket from fab frosh Alex Murdy, who went airborne, then fell backwards while floating, Matrix-style, yet somehow got his shot off around a clingy defender.

The ball evaded at least three hands, kissed the top of the glass, then tumbled through the net.

Off to the side, Murdy’s uncle, former Wolf scoring sensation Allen Black, nodded ever so slightly in approval.

Which for him is like most other fans running across the court, shirtless, screaming “USA, USA, USA.”

The first quarter ended, but not the human highlight reel.

Sage Downes, who banged home four three-balls in the game, banked one in from an impossible angle, Chris Cernick converted back-to-back offensive rebounds into big buckets, then Martin got bonkers.

He went off for Coupeville’s final 10 points of the second quarter, slinging back-to-back three-balls to pay dirt before slashing inside for a couple of old-fashioned, and very-effective, two-point buckets.

Logan’s kind of feeling it,” CHS varsity coach Brad Sherman chuckled as he walked by, and it was a feeling which spread team-wide.

Downes finished with a game-high 18, while Martin banked in 15 and Olson came alive to net seven.

Cernick (6), Grady Rickner (4), Murdy (4), Roberts (3), TJ Rickner (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Alex Jimenez, Andrew Aparicio, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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Mollie Bailey (center) and Audrianna Shaw helped lead the Coupeville JV squad to a lopsided win Monday in Granite. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith had a lot of company.

With four varsity bench players swinging down to JV Monday to pick up some quality floor time, the Coupeville High School coach had 15 players on her bench.

And Smith used all of them, getting every girl in the game, getting scoring from more than half, and rolling to a 39-13 win at Granite Falls.

The victory gives the Wolf JV a nice bounce back after a narrow loss Friday, and lifts them to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 7-3 overall.

With a ton of players at her disposal, including newly-minted swing players Anya Leavell, Mollie Bailey, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Audrianna Shaw, Smith was able to mix and match all night, and every unit she put on the floor seemed to click.

Coupeville jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter of play, with freshman Ryanne Knoblich dropping in six points to lead the attack.

After a defensive-minded brawl in the second frame, the Wolves edged their lead out to 18-9 at the half, then turned on the jets after the break.

Shaw banked in six points during a 9-2 run in the third quarter, before Gwen Gustafson popped for five to spur an 11-2 surge to close the game in style.

Knoblich earned game-high honors with 10 points, while Shaw (8), Gustafson (7), Leavell (4), Abby Mulholland (3), and Van Velkinburgh (3) also came up big.

Rounding out the scoring attack were Bailey (2) and Heidi Meyers (2).

Natalie Castano, Morgan Stevens, Ella Colwell, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Alita Blouin, and Savana Allen also saw floor time for the Wolves, who return to action with back-to-back games later this week.

The CHS girls travel to Bothell Friday to face Cedar Park Christian, then hop across to the mainland on the ferry Saturday to play Port Townsend.

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