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Caleb Meyer rolls to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS girls basketball coaches survey the action.

It was an undefeated week.

Not a perfect week, as the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team had to postpone two of its four games.

But when the Wolves did take the floor, whether it was the boys or girls, both varsity squads KO’d every contender.

The CHS boys picked up four wins to stretch their unbeaten streak to 11 games, while the Wolf girls rebounded to drill Concrete and South Whidbey after waving off Darrington and Friday Harbor.

The week ahead is a little slower, with the boys set to travel to Mount Vernon Christian Thursday, Jan. 27, then trek to Granite Falls two days later.

The girls have just one game, and it’s a recent addition to the schedule — a journey up Island to play Oak Harbor next Saturday.

Where things stand through games of Jan. 22:

 

Northwest League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 8-0 11-0
MV Christian 5-1 9-3
La Conner 2-2 4-8
Orcas Island 2-2 4-4
Friday Harbor 2-4 4-6
Darrington 1-4 3-6
Concrete 0-7 1-11

 

Northwest League girls basketball:

School League Overall
La Conner 7-0 13-1
MV Christian 6-1 11-2
Coupeville 4-3 6-4
Orcas Island 2-2 3-5
Friday Harbor 2-4 3-7
Darrington 1-4 3-6
Concrete 0-8 2-11

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Alex Murdy and Co. are outjumping all opponents. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the perfect storm, if you wanted very few games played.

The aftereffects of snow and ice mixed with the never-ending pandemic shuffle to keep most Northwest 2B/1B League basketball teams off the court this past week.

On the boys side of things, only one of nine scheduled games was actually played, with Coupeville running La Conner off the floor.

Things were slightly more active for girls hoops squads, with an emphasis on the word slightly.

La Conner KO’d Coupeville’s girls, while Mount Vernon Christian blasted Concrete a few days later.

Then, Saturday night, La Conner broke triple-digits, shellacking Concrete in a savage 104-14 win.

Other than that, six of nine scheduled games failed to have a tip-off.

The week ahead is pretty barren, as well, at least for Coupeville, which currently only has one set of games on the schedule.

The Wolves host MVC Tuesday, Jan. 11, with the boys game a showdown for sole possession of first-place in the NWL.

After that, barring pesky Covid positives, or frogs raining down from the skies, CHS goes full-tilt, with four games in five days between Jan. 18-22.

Maybe.

Until then, here are where things stand through games of Jan. 8:

 

Northwest League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 4-0 6-0
MV Christian 3-0 6-2
Darrington 1-1 3-3
Friday Harbor 1-2 2-4
La Conner 1-2 3-5
Orcas Island 1-2 3-4
Concrete 0-4 1-7

 

Northwest League girls basketball:

School League Overall
La Conner 6-0 10-0
MV Christian 4-1 8-2
Coupeville 3-2 4-3
Darrington 1-2 3-4
Orcas Island 1-2 2-5
Friday Harbor 1-3 1-6
Concrete 0-6 2-7

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Caleb Meyer and Co. are 6-0 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was weird, it was wild, it was a win.

Playing for the first time in three weeks, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team scored its fewest points of the season Tuesday, yet still whomped on visiting La Conner to remain undefeated.

Blowing out to a 25-0 lead, then falling back on a blistering defensive attack once the net turned inhospitable, the Wolves routed the Braves 54-29.

The win lifts Coupeville to 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 6-0 overall headed into a big clash at home Thursday against Friday Harbor.

The Wolves, who sit alone atop the conference standings, a half-game up on Mount Vernon Christian (3-0, 6-2), were coming off a long layoff when they took the court Tuesday night.

Two games were postponed right before the holiday break, thanks to Covid protocols, then Christmas, New Year’s, and a lot of snow and ice dominated the calendar.

If there were any winter remnants hanging around the gym parking lot, they likely melted under the heat of the game’s opening minutes.

Playing stifling defense, Coupeville frazzled La Conner’s ballhandlers into a string of turnovers, which the speedy Wolves converted into bucket after bucket.

Alex Murdy threw down the game’s first score, alertly picking off an inbounds pass, before whirling to the hoop for a layup.

Then the bombs started dropping from long range, with Hawthorne Wolfe snapping the net on a three-ball, followed by Xavier Murdy netting back-to-back treys.

Not only were the Wolves hitting everything they were tossing skyward, but they were moving the ball with a furious precision.

Hawk’s three-ball was set up by X-Man, then the senior duo flipped the script, with Wolfe feeding the elder Murdy on the very next play.

With La Conner unable to get back quickly enough on defense, Coupeville pushed the pace, and it worked superbly.

A steal by Alex Murdy set up a bucket for his big bro, while Logan Martin converted a steal into an assist on a Wolfe layup, before Hawk returned the favor almost immediately on a Martin jumper.

Xavier Murdy finished the opening eight-minute stretch with 13 points, including a trio of three-balls, and Coupeville, up 27-2 at the first break, looked like it would make a serious run at 100 points.

But then the offensive fireworks started to seriously drain away.

Despite X-Man raining down 10 more points — and three more treys — in the second quarter, Coupeville would net just 27 points total over the game’s final 24 minutes.

After the torrid start, shot after shot started to take weird bounces for the Wolves, and a team which had scored 70+ points in each of its first five games never got close to that number.

Not that it ultimately mattered, however.

With their shooting mojo suddenly in freefall, the Wolves ramped up their defense and played La Conner even across those final three quarters, not allowing the lead to ever get below 22 points.

Caleb Meyer was one of the few Wolves able to convert anything on the offensive end of the floor after halftime, and his six points in the third quarter kept things under control.

His biggest play — three points the hard way on a bucket in the paint, followed by a free throw — was set up by a sensational save on the endline by young teammate Cole White.

Every Coupeville player sold out hard on the defensive end, but the Murdy boys led the way, with Xavier dominating on the glass and Alex relentlessly disrupting passes.

X-Man finished with a game-high 24 points, the best single-game performance by a Wolf player this season, boy or girl, varsity or JV.

With six three-balls on the night, the CHS marksman made a major move up the career scoring chart, cracking the top 100 for a program now in its 105th season.

Passing 13 former Wolves — including Risen Johnson, Alex Evans, and Tyler KingXavier Murdy moves into a tie with John Beasley for 97th place all-time with 293 points.

That also leaves X-Man breathing down the neck of his uncle, mad bomber Allen Black (305), for family bragging rights.

Meyer tallied nine points Tuesday, while Wolfe and Logan Downes chipped in with five apiece.

Alex Murdy (4), Dominic Coffman (3), Martin (2), and White (2) also scored, with Jonathan Valenzuela standing tall on defense.

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First-year varsity head coach Megan Smith has Coupeville playing with grit and hustle. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They never backed down.

Facing off with the heavyweight of the Northwest 2B/1B League Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team put up a strong fight against visiting La Conner.

The final score — a 69-13 loss — was lopsided, yes, as the Braves improved to 9-0 overall, 5-0 in conference action.

Just as almost every game La Conner has played this season has been.

But the Wolves, who sit in third-place in the seven-team NWL, were still fighting for loose balls and rebounds until the waning moments.

Now 3-2 in league play, 4-3 overall, Coupeville will try and take that same attitude into a big game Thursday against visiting Friday Harbor.

The Wolves, who are a half-game off of 1B Mount Vernon Christian (3-1, 7-2) in the overall standings, need to finish in the top two of the three NWL 2B schools to make the playoffs.

La Conner may be tough to catch, but Coupeville could stretch its advantage on Friday Harbor (1-3, 1-6) with a victory Thursday.

The matchup against the Braves, who earlier whacked MVC by almost the same score (66-13), was going to be a tough one.

Led by senior Sarah Cook (24) and junior Ellie Marble (19), who combined for almost two-thirds of its points, La Conner relentlessly attacked on defense, then made pinpoint passes and precision cuts on offense.

Coupeville got on the board fairly early, with Carolyn Lhamon knocking down a running layup to cut the early margin to 6-2, but that would be the only first-half field goal for the Wolves.

Free throws from Audrianna Shaw and Izzy Wells provided the only other points before the halftime break, and La Conner triggered a running clock early in the third quarter when it breached the 40-point lead.

Maddie Georges did rifle home a three-ball midway through the third quarter, while fab frosh Lyla Stuurmans rippled the net on a late-game jumper.

The final points of the night came on Coupeville’s best offensive play, as senior Abby Mulholland ripped a rebound loose, then took the ball back up strongly.

Kissing the ball off the glass for a bucket, she earned three points the hard way, also draining an ensuing free throw as dad/PA announcer Moose Moran exulted in his daughter’s stellar play.

Georges and Mulholland paced Coupeville with three points apiece, while Lhamon (2), Stuurmans (2), Izzy Wells (2), and Shaw (1) rounded out the scoring attack.

Savina Wells, Alita Blouin, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, and Gwen Gustafson also saw floor time for the Wolves, with Blouin bringing considerable heat on the defensive end of the floor.

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Ryan Blouin tossed in 11 points Tuesday, helping spark the Coupeville High School JV boys to their first win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Undefeated in the new year.

Kicking off 2022 with a vengeance, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team throttled visiting La Conner 40-14 Tuesday night.

The victory, coming after a three-week holiday layoff, lifts the Wolves to 1-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 1-3 overall.

It was a solid team effort across the board, with 12 players seeing action, and half of those dropping in points as Coupeville ran away from the Braves.

Up just 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves used a 12-4 run in the second frame to push the advantage out where La Conner wouldn’t be able to touch it.

Then, just to make sure, CHS clamped down big time in the third quarter, with Nick Guay tossing in six points during a game-busting 16-1 tear.

Ryan Blouin and Hunter Bronec paced the Wolves, with both parts of the duo knocking down 11 points.

Mikey Robinett and Guay backed them up with six apiece, while Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim banked in four, and Zane Oldenstadt rounded out the offensive attack with a bucket.

Coupeville also got strong play from Landon Roberts, Hurlee Bronec, Jack Porter, William Davidson, Carson Field, and Johnny Porter, with every Wolf bringing the heat to help nab the W.

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