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   Kyla Briscoe’s hair tries to mug her, but she can knock down jumpers blindfolded. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf bench stays on top of the action.

Jakobi Baumann, backed by Jake Hoagland, fires up his horn.

Finding her way blocked, Hannah Davidson looks to pass out of trouble.

And the band played on.

   Though only a freshman, Chelsea Prescott played like a seasoned veteran in her playoff debut.

   International Man of Mystery Paul Messner is a favorite of cameramen everywhere.

   Avalon Renninger (20) clamps down on defense, with a little help from Maddy Hilkey (left) and Prescott.

Don’t get in front of John Fisken when he’s got someplace to be.

Shredding tires Saturday, the ever-busy camera bug hauled tail back from covering wrestling districts in Edmonds and, against all odds, made it to Whidbey in time to shoot the second half of Coupeville’s girls basketball playoff game.

The pics above are courtesy him.

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   Maddy Hilkey has had just about enough of the referee’s shenanigans, thank you very much. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Spying an opening, Kyla Briscoe slashes to the hoop, leaving a hapless defender sprawled on the floor behind her.

The always calm and cool Tia Wurzrainer puts the steady in steady-cam.

Mollie Bailey eyes the defense with an eagle eye.

   Feeling the heat coming up behind her, Chelsea Prescott looks for an open teammate.

   Sophomore sensation Hannah Davidson hangs out with the president of her fan club.

The sound of basketballs bouncing, sneakers squeaking and cameras clicking washes over the prairie.

Coupeville is deep in to its hoops season, with Klahowya visiting Cow Town Tuesday to face the Wolf girls.

Shutterbug John Fisken popped his head into the CHS gym for a bit, and snagged a collection of shots from both the varsity and JV games.

The pics above are courtesy him.

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   Kyla Briscoe shows off her dead-eye shooting touch Tuesday as she rains down buckets on Port Townsend. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

International woman of mystery Julia García Oñoro is a master of multitasking.

Maddy Hilkey leads the assault on the basket.

Lindsey Roberts lives by Ivan Drago’s motto in Rocky IV — “I must break you.”

Sarah Wright is in the zone.

Ashlie Shank’s fan club (at least part of it) is on scene.

With a little help from her friends, Wolf cheerleader Mica Shipley stands tall.

   Genna Wright explains her basketball philosophy. “They call me The Grave Digger, grandpa, cause I bury fools.”

With great power, comes great responsibility.

John Fisken has the snazzy cameras, he has the impeccable photographic eye and he wanders Whidbey snapping like a madman, so it’s a good thing he fully embraces his power.

The latest beneficiaries are the CHS girls basketball players, their parents and fans, and, of course, Coupeville Sports, since he delivers a medley of snappy pics guaranteed to drive my page hits upwards.

The photos you see are from Tuesday’s tilt against Port Townsend, where the Wolves swept varsity and JV games from the RedHawks.

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Ema Smith plays with the heart of a lion. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ulrik Wells (left) and Ethan Spark team up to mug an Orcas player.

CHS girls basketball coach David King prayed to the hoops gods, but they still sent three blind mice to ref his game.

Taped-up fingers can’t slow down Maddy Hilkey when she hits her groove.

Call Hunter Downes “The Rifleman,” cause he … rifles his passes.

Apparently white shoes are the must-have look for the winter season.

Kyla Briscoe reaches up and finds a gift waiting for her.

Kylie Chernikoff, joyfully beatin’ the crud out of rival players all day long.

Basketball is back. For a moment, at least.

Returning from a nine-day Christmas break, the Coupeville High School hoops squads clashed with visiting Orcas Island Friday night, then promptly went off on a six-day New Year’s break.

Before they left the gym, the Wolves were immortalized on film by wanderin’ camera god John Fisken, who provides us with the pics seen above.

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Sophomore Scout Smith scored her first varsity basketball points Monday, nailing a three-ball at Bellingham. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mikayla Elfrank is ready for the spotlight.

With the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad needing to replace four starters from last year, the Wolf senior has moved from a role as an explosive “sixth man” to being a starter capable of carrying the team on her back at times.

And Elfrank went down fighting Monday, filling the stat sheet with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in her team’s non-conference season opener at Bellingham.

While it wasn’t quite enough, as the 2A Red Raiders jumped to an early lead, then held on for a 43-31 win, a thin CHS squad (injuries and illness left it with only seven players) got stronger as the game developed.

Overcoming early nerves, which left them in a 14-4 hole after the first quarter, the Wolves put together their best runs in the second (9-6) and fourth (13-10) quarters.

Toss out two layups in the final seconds, when Coupeville was frantically pressing, and that final quarter looks even better.

“If we play it safe (at the end) then they probably don’t hit 43, but who likes it safe!,” said Wolf coach David King.

“We still have a ways to go,” he added. “Just need to bring our fourth quarter effort for the whole game. We need to bring aggressive effort and compete on every possession.”

Having seen a bit of Bellingham from a distance during Coupeville’s visit to the Sedro-Woolley Jamboree, King knew the Red Raiders would come out aggressively, and they lived up to his expectations.

“Going in I knew it would be a battle,” he said. “They reminded me of my teams the past three to four years. Hustle, defensive pressure and a never-quit attitude.

“Their shooting is better than ours at this point, so coming into the game we had to play our normal hard-nosed defense along with playing through the extra pressure on our offense.”

It didn’t happen, at least in the first and third quarters.

“We played flat and on many possessions out of position on defense,” King said. “When we closed out on outside shooters, we stood up and got too close. This led to dribble drives and kick-out passes for open shots.”

Coupeville wan’t much better on offense in the early going, taking “some wild shots” and “not settling down until midway through the second quarter.”

A lot of that is likely first-game jitters, especially for a team with a roster in transition.

“It was good to get an actual game played and against a team that plays like us,” King said. “We had some positive moments and there are things we need to get back into the gym to work on.”

With Elfrank getting eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, and the Wolf defense coming alive, Coupeville ended the game on a positive note.

“Something clicked and we got more aggressive on defense, and that sparked our offense,” King said.

Kalia Littlejohn ran the point for the Wolves, and earned praise for “doing a really good job looking to distribute, then looking for her own shot when needed.”

The speedy junior finished with six points, while Kyla Briscoe popped for five, Lindsey Roberts knocked down three and Scout Smith netted three in her varsity debut.

The sophomore tickled the twines on a trey, narrowly beating the shot clock as it wound down.

Roberts had five rebounds and two blocks, while Smith, Briscoe and Littlejohn chipped in with three boards apiece.

Allison Wenzel and Sarah Wright, who “did a very good job in the post, making it hard for their players,” rounded out the board-cleaning business, each collecting a carom.

Briscoe had the defensive play of the night, with “a great save from under their basket which turned into a fast-break layup for us.”

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