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“On Tuesdays, we dress like twins.” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With the night off, Coupeville female athletic stars show up to support their male counterparts.

Kyle Rockwell, making the world a better, more relaxed place, one shoulder rub at a time.

Shenanigans waiting to happen.

International superstar McKayla Bailey returns to the scene of her former glory days.

CHS varsity hoops stars wait to take the court.

The sisterhood is strong.

Studies show, four of five high school athletes like having their picture taken.

Each photo is a small slice of life.

While the action plays out on the court, there are a thousand little tales unfolding in the stands as well.

Ever-wandering paparazzi John Fisken knows this, and he lets his camera swing to and fro, capturing those moments in time for us.

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Coupeville captains (l to r) Ema Smith, Scout Smith and Lindsey Roberts all came up huge Wednesday as the Wolves won a thriller against Friday Harbor. (Photo by Johnsphotos.net)

Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games.

Luckily for the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team, it was clicking on both sides of the ball Wednesday night.

Powered by a season-high 16 points from Lindsey Roberts, the Wolves exploded on visiting Friday Harbor, then turned to a withering defense (and some pressure-packed free throws from Ema Smith) to nail down a 34-32 win.

The non-conference victory, which came down to the game’s final play, lifts Coupeville to 1-3 on the season.

As exciting as the ending was for the fans, it was heart-stopping for both coaches, as the last 58 seconds were a jumble of nerves, miracle shots, and gut-check plays.

Up 32-27 after Roberts slipped a pair of free throws through the net with just a bit over a minute left on the clock, the Wolves looked in control.

Then Friday Harbor got dramatic.

A pull-up jumper cut the margin to three, before the visitors forced a turnover in the back court on the ensuing in-bounds play.

Taking things from bad to worse for Coupeville, Friday Harbor slid a dagger between the rib cages, knocking down a three-ball from the right side that needed a prayer to hit pay dirt, and got that prayer answered.

With the game knotted at 32 — the first tie since early in the first quarter — it might have been easy for the Wolves to fold. To put up a good fight, fall just short, and accept a moral victory.

To which Coupeville, to a player, said “screw that.”

Ema Smith, who was born with ice water running through her veins, absorbed a foul with 38.6 seconds to go, calmly loped to the line, stared down each Friday Harbor player one after another, then drilled both free throws.

The net barely moved on either shot, the partisan CHS crowd exploded, but Ema Smith didn’t smile. Not yet.

Instead, she and her teammates slapped hands, hunkered down and made not one, but three defensive stands, as the clock spun madly towards 0:00 and the score remained locked at 34-32.

Roberts yanked down a long rebound on the next shot, only to lose her footing and have the ball skid out of bounds.

No problem, as Hannah Davidson, lunging forward/being bulldozed from behind by a Friday Harbor player, pulled in the next rebound.

The fact she ended up on the floor after being pasted sent the Wolf junior to the line with 6.9 ticks left, but the rim turned unforgiving, spitting out both of her charity shots.

Again, no problem, as Ema Smith tipped the rebound to Roberts and … lost in the moment, the Wolves put up a shot instead of holding on to the ball, letting the clock run and getting fouled.

Ball hit rim and kicked way, way out, possibly causing Coupeville coach David King to have an aneurysm as he watched what could have been a game-tying layup at the buzzer by Friday Harbor develop in slow motion.

Except, Lindsey Roberts is fast, and by fast, I mean, faster than anyone in a Friday Harbor uniform could ever hope to be in their entire lifetime.

Roaring past two rivals in a single bound, she flung out her long arms, fingertips made contact with leather as the buzzer roared, and then she was hugging the basketball to her chest like she had saved a baby from a burning building.

Then, and then only, Ema Smith smiled, pummeling her fellow senior captain with glee.

As their teammates crowded around, keeping the celebration going, King sank into his chair, let out his breath with a great whoosh, and smiled, too.

A game that ended with a defensive stand for the ages began as an offensive slug-fest.

Roberts came out firing on all cylinders, dropping eight points in the first quarter.

Toss in a bucket from Nicole Laxton, who scooped up a loose ball and nimbly twirled and banked the ball home, and Coupeville had one of its better offensive frames of the season.

Only problem is, Friday Harbor had an answer for every bucket, then tossed in two more just because, and led 14-10 at the first break.

While the Wolves were trailing, they didn’t look or play as if they were down, though, and promptly took control of the game in the second quarter.

Roberts splatted a three-ball from the left side to cut the lead back to one, then after Friday Harbor’s only bucket of the quarter, Coupeville went to work.

Scout Smith drained a long jumper off of an offensive rebound, then Avalon Renninger pump-faked her defender into the parking lot, spun past her and sank a gorgeous little runner.

That shot proved to be huge, as the Wolves would never trail after Renninger crafted her own personal highlight reel.

Three free throws (two from Chelsea Prescott and one from Scout Smith) sent CHS into the locker room up 20-16, then two jumpers from Scout Smith to kick off the third pushed Coupeville’s lead to eight.

Friday Harbor refused to break, running off six straight points to pull back within 24-22, before Roberts ended the third with a free throw and then a long, crisp outlet pass that perfectly led Prescott to a breakaway layup.

All of which set up the frantic fourth.

King praised his team’s effort from top to bottom, while singling out two players for being a catalyst.

“This was Scout’s best game on the young season. She took care of the ball and defensively stepped up with guarding their #12 post player,” King said. “She did a great job sticking with her and not letting her get to the spots she wanted in their offense. She also deflected many passes, very disruptive.

“I’d also like to throw some praise Tia (Wurzrainer’s) way,” he added. “She is still working on being comfortable with handling the ball. Tonight she helped with getting open on their press. Then, after her steals and rebounds, she dribbled out of trouble.”

Roberts filled up the stat sheet, adding nine rebounds, two steals, two assists and three blocks to go with her game-high 16 points.

The scoring outburst carries her five slots higher on the all-time CHS girls basketball career scoring chart, from #35 to #30.

With 332 points and counting, Roberts passes Mia Littlejohn (317), Marie Grasser (321), Taniel Lamb (330), Misty Sellgren (331) and Amanda Allmer (331).

Scout Smith knocked down seven in support of Roberts, while Prescott (4), Renninger (2), Ema Smith (2), Laxton (2) and Davidson (1) also scored.

Ema Smith ripped down eight boards, with Scout Smith adding four rebounds and three steals.

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Ema Smith tallied seven points Monday at Sequim, achieving a personal scoring milestone. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights it’s better to look at the small moments instead of gazing too long at the big picture.

There was likely a fair amount of frustration Monday, as the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team got pounded on the boards, went scoreless for an entire quarter and fell by a considerable margin to host Sequim.

After absorbing a 50-24 defeat at the hands of their 2A foes, keyed by a 21-0 third quarter, the Wolves sit at 0-3 on the still-young season.

But, there were positives buried in the aftermath.

For one, Coupeville rallied in the fourth quarter, winning pride points by closing the game on a 9-4 surge.

And secondly, two Wolf seniors exited the gym having achieved at least a small triumph, as both made moves on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Lindsey Roberts, back after a college trip, led Coupeville with 10 points, which gives her 316 for her career.

She sits in 35th place in program history (1975-2018), and is just 16 points from sliding into the top 30 all-time.

Her running mate, Ema Smith, added seven Monday, cracking the 100-point barrier, becoming just the 97th Wolf female to achieve triple digits in 44 seasons of hardwood play.

So, some grace notes.

Other than that, it was a fairly rough night, as Coupeville struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just 5-20, was out-muscled on the glass and couldn’t slow their foe down.

Sequim built a 13-5 lead after one quarter, stretched the margin out to 15 points midway through the second, and settled for a 25-15 advantage at the half.

Then, disaster.

“Coming out for the third, we didn’t get it done defensively and they had three quick and easy open looks at the basket for scores,” said Coupeville coach David King. “From then on, it was an all-out blitz for Sequim.

“Defensively, we are struggling and just not playing well on that end.”

The Wolves dug deep in the fourth, something their coach wants to build on.

“Some pride took over; it shows we have fight despite the score,” King said. “We have to keep pushing forward and continue to fight like we did tonight.

“It’s going to be baby steps and it starts tomorrow at practice.”

Roberts snagged a team-high nine rebounds and made off with five steals to go with her 10 points, while Ema Smith had seven points and six boards.

Avalon Renninger (4), Tia Wurzrainer (2) and Chelsea Prescott (1) rounded out the scoring, while Hannah Davidson yanked down seven rebounds, Ja’Kenya Hoskins collected five and Scout Smith hauled in four.

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Coupeville sophomore Chelsea Prescott collected seven points, five rebounds and three assists on opening night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“They played like it was a track meet, when we wanted it to be more like a tractor pull.”

When Coupeville could slow down the game the way coach David King wanted Tuesday night, the Wolf varsity girls basketball squad held its own with visiting Meridian.

But the Trojans, a tall, quick, highly-efficient squad coming off a 20-win season and a trip to the 1A state tourney, ultimately dictated the pace in both team’s season opener, pulling away for a 60-32 non-conference win.

While the score looks a little lopsided, the Wolves, who were missing a key starter and fielding a roster in transition, hung tough through much of the first half.

Senior captain Ema Smith, who didn’t have enough practices in the books to be eligible on opening night, spent the game keeping stats instead of throwing down on the court.

When she returns to action Saturday, she’ll join a young, fairly raw Wolf team.

Freshman Izzy Wells, sophomore Mollie Bailey and junior Tia Wurzrainer played in a varsity hoops game for the first time Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Prescott, Avalon Renninger, Nicole Laxton and Hannah Davidson all moved into much-bigger roles than they had previously played.

With Ema Smith out, that left fellow captains Lindsey Roberts and Scout Smith as the only Wolves on the floor with extensive varsity experience.

And while the veteran duo were front and center all night, Coupeville got immediate contributions from everyone on the roster, something that pleased their coach.

“They didn’t show nerves or jitters, which is nice,” King said. “I’m so pleased with our effort; they don’t back down and give our team and their teammates 100% effort.”

Showing no fear, the Wolves charged right at the heart of the Trojan defense, repeatedly pushing the ball inside as they were hacked by 1,001 hands.

“They took the ball hard to the hole and they didn’t shy away from contact,” King said, with a note of pride in his voice.

Coupeville ultimately shot 28 free throws, making 16 of them, and had more points on charity shots than on field goals until a game-closing put-back on an offensive rebound by Roberts evened the Wolves’ scoring totals.

The first quarter belonged to free throws, and to Prescott, “who kept us in the game in the first half.”

Prescott scored Coupeville’s first five points of the season, capping things with a three-point play the hard way to pull the Wolves within 6-5 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

While CHS never led during the game, it stayed within a bucket of Meridian in the first quarter, with two free throws from Scout Smith cutting the margin to 11-9 headed into the first break.

Moments before those shots, Davidson dropped a beauty of a shot, taking a quick pass from Prescott, then hopping to the side and banking home the ball high off the glass.

Meridian began to pull away in the second quarter, using two runs in which it forced Coupeville to play at a faster speed than it wanted.

That led to some bobbled balls, a few errant passes, and a turnover or three which the Trojans converted into quick buckets.

The first time Meridian started to pull away, the Wolves responded, using a 5-0 surge to cut the margin back down to 21-17 midway through the second quarter.

What would turn out to be Coupeville’s final sustained offensive stand consisted of a Prescott free throw, Laxton ripping a rebound loose and smashing home a bucket and Scout Smith getting artful.

The junior point guard snatched up a ball in the back court, led a merry chase the length of the court, then switched hands at the last second before slapping home a running layup with two Meridian players draped over her back.

And yet, that was one of the few times in which the hack-happy Trojans were NOT whistled for a foul.

While the layup from “Scoutosaurus Rex” brought Wolf fans to the edge of their seats and seemed to signal the night would be a knock-down, drag-out brawl, Meridian had other ideas.

Pushing the gas pedal through the floor, the Trojans used their speed advantage to reel off a 10-0 run over the next 90 seconds or so, shoving the lead into double-digit territory for the first time.

A couple more free throws (what else?) from Roberts and Prescott pulled CHS back within 31-20 at the half, but Meridian used 11-0 and 8-0 surges in the second-half to derail the Wolves.

Prescott, who had a stellar all-around game, zipped a dandy pass to Laxton for a third-quarter bucket, while Roberts banged away inside for six of her team-high eight points in the fourth, but Meridian never flinched.

Which is exactly what you expect from a team crammed full of battle-hardened seniors, most of whom have state tourney experience.

Roberts, who added five rebounds, two steals and a block, passed the first of what should be a seasons-worth of milestones.

Her second point of the night, which came when she drained a first-quarter free throw, made her just the 35th Wolf girls hoops star to reach 300 career points.

Now sitting at 306, she passed Amanda Fabrizi (299) on the all-time scoring list Tuesday, and is coming up fast on Mia Littlejohn (317) and Marie Grasser (321).

Prescott tallied seven points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in support of Roberts, while Scout Smith (5), Laxton (4), Davidson (4) and Renninger (4) also scored.

Coupeville fought hard on the boards, with its eternal Energizer Bunny, Renninger, hauling down a team-high six caroms.

Davidson snagged five rebounds, Laxton collared four and Wurzrainer, transporting her hard-nosed defensive style from the soccer pitch to the hardwood, pilfered two steals.

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Coupeville High School freshman Ja’Kenya Hoskins saw action in both varsity and JV games Saturday during the season-opening Sedro-Woolley Jamboree. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves wait to take the floor. (Amy King photo)

Everyone loves jamborees.

For the players, it’s a chance to get on the court and face someone besides your own teammates.

And for coaches, it’s a chance to gauge where their team is without having to worry too much about wins and losses.

So, with the regular-season opener looming Tuesday, the Coupeville High School girls hoops squad hit the road Saturday, landing at the Sedro-Woolley Jamboree.

The event drew nine schools, ranging from 1B to 4A, and both Wolf teams finished the night with a split.

But, like it said up top, wins and losses were not priority #1.

“Our mission with the jamboree was to get game jitters out and see what we have learned in our two weeks of practice,” said Coupeville coach David King. “As coaches we (he and wife Amy) came away pleased with the effort and results.”

 

Varsity:

Coupeville fell by two to 2A Bellingham, then toppled Darrington 12-9 in the nightcap.

Lindsey Roberts paced the Wolves on offense, while freshmen Izzy Wells and Ja’Kenya Hoskins stepped up to replace missing varsity players.

“Effort and attitude played a big part” in the frosh getting the call, David King said.

The duo each played one of two games for the varsity, while junior Tia Wurzrainer and sophomore Mollie Bailey also made their varsity debuts, playing in both games.

The Wolves almost pulled off an upset against a foe from a much-bigger school, staying close to Bellingham and pulling within a bucket with just 15 seconds to play.

“We had good ball movement up until the end,” King said. “But a defender stepped in front and stole the ball.”

While two wins would have been extra sweet, Coupeville’s coach was pleased with a lot of what he saw from his squad.

“Varsity played well on defense and did a very good job with executing our plays many times.”

 

JV:

The second unit “fell behind early to Lakewood and tried climbing back in, but ran out of time,” in its finale, but that couldn’t dim the glow from the opening rumble.

Squaring off with Bellingham, the Wolves built a 10-4 lead, then withstood a wild comeback that saw the game knotted up as time ran down in the short game.

Not content to play for the tie, Coupeville pulled out a buzzer-beater special.

Wolf point guard Kiara Contreras snagged an in-bounds pass, put the ball on the floor, then launched a pass that zipped most of the length of the court before landing on the fingertips of teammate Anya Leavell.

Her fellow fab frosh promptly knocked out the bottom of the net with a game-winner from the baseline, bringing her teammates to their feet.

Of course, the pass could have gone terribly wrong in so many ways, and given Bellingham its own chance to win.

Except Contreras and Leavell, seasoned players with multiple middle school and SWISH seasons under their belts, are cold-blooded killers.

So it was all good.

Both of us (coaches) are saying ‘nooooo’,” King admitted. “But in the end, it all worked out perfect.”

The JV games marked the debut for freshmen Lily Leedy, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Alana Mihill, Contreras and Leavell, as well as for first-time players Morgan Stevens and Ivy Leedy.

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