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Brionna Blouin helped spark Coupeville’s top squad to a big win Thursday in Langley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gabriella Becktell and friends play three of their next four games at home.

Right back where they want to be.

A day after being swept in Sultan, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads bounced right back into the winning column Thursday afternoon.

Facing off with their next-door neighbors in Langley, the Wolves won two of three games, ending their week on a positive note.

Now, after back-to-back road trips, CMS plays three of its next four at home, beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they welcome Lakewood to The Rock.

How Thursday played out:

 

Level 1:

Wham-bam.

Powered by the one-two scoring punch of Savina Wells and Lauren Marrs, who combined to net 29 points, the Wolves strolled to a 35-20 win.

The victory evens Coupeville’s season mark at 2-2.

CMS put the game away early, jumping out to a 9-2 lead at the first break, then pushing the margin to 19-2 after blanking Langley through the second frame.

From there, Coupeville stretched the lead to 31-10 heading into the fourth, before coasting home for the Island rivalry win.

Wells rang up a team-high 17 points, including an early three-ball and a 4-4 run at the free throw line in the second quarter.

The CMS 7th grader has piled up 63 points through her first four games, averaging just a whisper below 16 a night.

Her older running mate, Marrs, was Miss Consistency, banging away for 12 points with a variety of sweet moves, while Brionna Blouin (4) and Allison Nastali (2) rounded out the Wolf offensive attack.

Kaitlyn Leavell, Taylor Brotemarkle, Lyla Stuurmans, Skylar Parker, Mia Farris, Kayla Arnold, Desi Ramirez, Grey Peabody, Madison McMillan, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time as CMS was able to cycle through its full roster.

 

Level 2:

It was a nail-biter for 21 minutes, then Coupeville’s second squad pulled away to claim its first win of the season at 14-7.

The young Wolves are 1-2 headed into the Lakewood clash.

Scoring was at a premium for much of the game, with CMS netting just a single bucket in each of the first three quarters.

But while their offense was a bit muted, the Wolf defense was on point, blanking the host Cougars in both the second and third frames.

That allowed Coupeville to scrape its way back from an early 5-2 deficit, but the lead was as slim as possible at 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

That was when the Wolves started hitting on all cylinders, with Katie Marti, Parker, and Arnold all hitting key buckets down the stretch.

Marti outscored Langley by herself, finishing with a game-high eight points, with Wilkinson, Arnold, and Parker each chipping in with a basket apiece.

Also seeing solid floor time were Issabel Johnson, Jada Heaton, Peabody, Aby Wood, and Leavell.

 

Level 3:

Coupeville’s only loss came in the finale, as a still-developing squad fell 28-8.

Langley turned it on in the first and fourth quarters, dropping 10 points in each frame as it sent the Wolves to an 0-2 start on the season.

Heaton (4), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Aubrey Blitch (4) scored for CMS, with Alena Osborne, Shayla Town, Pamela Morrell, Kassidy Upchurch, and Gabriella Becktell also playing.

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Coupeville’s Savina Wells (middle), Jada Heaton (right) and Taylor Brotemarkle (headband) clamp down on defense. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans has been a steady point guard for the Wolves.

Lauren Marrs is a deadly outside shooter.

Mia Farris gave Coupeville “a spark on defense” Saturday.

One basket away from a major upset.

Playing their “best game of the year,” the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad rallied late Saturday, but fell just shy of toppling powerhouse Mount Baker in a 26-25 thriller.

Returning to action after their bye week, the Wolves stormed back from seven down with 3:30 to play, but needed a tick or two more on the clock to make the miracle fully happen.

“With another possession or two, I would have loved our chances, as I felt the momentum was on our side,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Everyone got involved and our team passing was much improved.

“Real proud of all the girls, who impressed me with their teamwork, energy, and effort!”

CMS 7th grader Savina Wells paced the Wolves with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, while Lauren Marrs knocked down seven points.

Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Brionna Blouin chipped in with a bucket apiece, with Marti’s basket, her first of the season, coming off of “a great offensive rebound and put back.”

After falling behind early, the Wolves played strongly in the second half, with everyone on the 12-player roster chipping in with a contribution.

Coupeville got the looks it wanted, but the basket didn’t always play fair.

“We got up a lot of good open shots that just didn’t fall,” Fred Farris said. “Savina was a force on the boards again and Lyla (Stuurmans) really did a great job against their pressure.

Lauren really stepped up in a leadership role and helped rally the girls to a frantic late game comeback,” he added. “Mia (Farris) and Taylor (Brotemarkle) really gave us a spark on defense in their limited time on the court.”

Stuurmans snared seven rebounds, with McMillan and Brotemarkle making off with four apiece.

Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, Chloe Marzocca, and Reese Wilkinson rounded out the Wolf roster.

Coupeville returns to Skagit County the next two Saturdays as the SWISH season wraps up.

The Wolves close the regular season Dec. 7 with a doubleheader against Friday Harbor and Mount Baker, then compete in the postseason tourney the following weekend.

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Reese Wilkinson (with ball) and Brionna Blouin are part of the new Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells can fill up a stat sheet.

The middle school hoops star threw down 22 points and snatched 24 rebounds across two games Saturday, as the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad played its first regular season games.

While the young Wolves — seven players, including Wells, are 7th graders — fell just short in both contests, they showed great promise.

“The games were very competitive, and all 11 girls got significant playing time,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Savina played her tail off in both games and really kept us in it.”

The Wolves stayed close, before falling 34-21 to Lynden United and 30-17 to the Mt. “Bakery” Mariners.

In the opener, Coupeville opened up a 12-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on against a withering full-court press and Lynden’s six-foot girl in the middle, who scored mainly off of offensive rebounds.

The Wolves were still within five points with two minutes to play, but a late 8-0 run by Lynden stretched the final margin out.

In the nightcap, the other team’s veterans ran Coupeville’s first-timers a bit ragged, but Farris was pleased with how his newcomers responded.

“Mt. Bakery just really outworked us,” he said. “But we got some real strong efforts from Taylor (Brotemarkle), Katie (Marti), Mia (Farris), and Jada (Heaton), who all had significant floor time for the first time in their “new sport.”

“Very proud of the fight these ladies showed today!,” Fred Farris added. “We learned a lot and have lots to work on this week.”

Lauren Marrs tossed in 13 points across the two games, including hitting a three-ball against Lynden, while Lyla Stuurmans netted Coupeville’s other three points on the weekend.

Wells had four steals and a blocked shot, Mia Farris dealt out two assists and eight Wolves had at least two rebounds.

Marrs (6), Brionna Blouin (5), Madison McMillan (3), Brotemarkle (2), Mia Farris (2), Skylar Parker (2), and Stuurmans (2), all chipped in to support Wells in cleaning the glass.

Coupeville gets right back at it next weekend, when it travels to Mount Vernon to play another double-header.

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Coupeville’s 7/8 SWISH girls basketball team hits the floor for the first time. (Photos courtesy Fred Farris)

Avery Parker, the undisputed champ of the local art scene, shows support for big sis Skylar.

The gym is open for business.

Coupeville’s 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad hit the floor for the first time this weekend, playing a seeding game against “a tenacious and seasoned Nooksack team.”

The Wolves, who boast an 11-player roster, forced the game to overtime before falling 17-14.

Lauren Marrs and Brionna Blouin paced Coupeville with six points apiece, both hitting a pair of three-balls, while Savina Wells dropped in a bucket to round out the scoring.

With the start of the regular season coming next Saturday, Nov. 2, the seeding game was a good way for Wolf coach Fred Farris to see the hand he’s been dealt.

A noted hoops star back in his own day, the Coupeville round-ball sage likes the promise his young players are already showing.

Middle school volleyball and club soccer have been vying for his girls time, but, once together on the hardwood, they immediately begin clicking.

“The girls made up for expected lack of execution with effort and heart!,” Farris said.

Savina, Lauren, and Lyla (Stuurman’s) previous experience with SWISH was very obvious on the court,” he added. “They really took charge on the floor.”

Farris has a young roster, with seven of 11 players being 7th graders, and several of his young stars being newbies to the increased pace and pressure.

“This was many of the girls first experience with high level competitive basketball,” he said. “They went from not sure about wanting to go in the game to being excited about our next game and getting more floor time.

Savina was very strong on the defensive end and the boards,” Farris added. “Lauren was a force on both ends.

Lyla was an absolute beast on defense and the boards. Skylar (Parker) rounded out our starters and was sure on both ends.

Coupeville’s roster also includes Reese Wilkinson, Madison McMillan, Katie Marti, Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, and Taylor Brotemarkle.

Whether seasoned pros or relative newcomers, they all showed considerable promise.

“Everyone contributed and gave everything they had,” Fred Farris said. “It will be so exciting to see this group grow together on the court!”

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Maddie Georges (with ball) tossed in seven of her 14 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday, as Coupeville’s 8th graders rallied to remain undefeated. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three games, three very different results.

Hitting the road for the second time in as many days, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams traveled to Lakewood Wednesday, returning home with a big win, a narrow loss, and a not-so-narrow defeat.

How the afternoon played out:

 

8th grade varsity:

The most-successful Wolf squad of them all continued its unbeaten season, rallying late to knock off their hosts 35-29.

Saved by a 14-5 tear in the fourth quarter, with Maddie Georges tossing in half of Coupeville’s points, the Wolves kept their record pristine at 6-0.

In the early going, the situation, if not dire, was still not what CMS coach Alex Evans might have hoped for when he sent his players on the floor.

Down 15-10 after a furious first quarter in which five different Wolves scored, Coupeville needed a bit of a spark.

And they found it by clamping down on defense, limiting Lakewood, a large middle school which funnels athletes to a 2A high school, to just 14 points over the final three quarters.

It still took the Wolves some time to retake the lead, however, as their own second-quarter offense was limited to a pair of free throws, one each from Georges and Carolyn Lhamon.

Trailing 19-12 at the half, CMS kept the defensive lock-down in place, cutting the lead down to three after a 9-5 run in the third fueled by four points apiece from Georges and Gwen Gustafson.

With Coupeville’s inside bangers, Lhamon and Nezi Keiper, held relatively in check, it was the Wolf guards who led the comeback and eventual win.

Georges knocked down seven of her team-high 14 in the fourth frame, while Alita Blouin tossed in five of her eight points at the same time.

Gustafson chipped in with a season-high seven, while Lhamon added four points, and Ryanne Knoblich banked home a bucket to round out the scoring.

Coupeville’s guards were feeling it from distance, with Gustafson, Blouin, and Georges all ruffling the net for a three-ball.

Hayley Fiedler, Jordyn Rogers, Jill Prince, and Keiper rounded out the roster for a team which is three games from wrapping up a perfect season.

 

7th grade varsity:

Both teams only had three players score, but with one of Lakewood’s trio going off for 21 points, the host team strolled to a 37-17 win.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-5 on the season.

Lakewood jumped on Coupeville early, building a 13-3 lead after one quarter, then stretching the margin out to 26-9 at the half, and 35-10 headed into the fourth.

The Wolves put together their best run during the final frame, outscoring their foes 7-2 behind five points from Lauren Marrs.

Scoring seven of her team-high 12 from the free-throw stripe, Marrs was the one constant for CMS, which also got three points from Brionna Blouin and two from Desi Ramirez.

Allison Nastali, Erica McGrath, Skylar Parker, Ava Mitten, Kaitlyn Leavell, Reese Wilkinson, Jackie Contreras, and Kayla Arnold also saw floor time for Megan Smith’s squad.

 

8th grade JV:

The two-quarter tussle was fairly close, but with Coupeville unable to hit a single field goal in 14 minutes of action, it’s probably not a surprise the Wolves fell 9-4.

The loss drops the JV to 2-5 on the season.

All of Coupeville’s scoring came at the free throw line, with three different players netting charity shots.

Adrian Burrows, daughter of Wolf legend Jaime Rasmussen, who hit some of the biggest free throws in CHS girls basketball history, made like mom and drained both of her attempts.

Jill Prince and Jordyn Rogers added a single free shot each, but Lakewood countered with three field goals and a timely three-ball in the second quarter.

Claire Mayne, Melanie Navarro, Abigail Ramirez, Jesse McMahon, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Jessenia Camarena, Karyme Castro, Trinity McGee, and Cristina McGrath also played for CMS.

 

Rest of the season:

Coupeville returns home for two games, hosting Lakewood Mar. 12 and Sultan Mar. 14, before closing the season Mar. 19 at Granite Falls.

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