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Coupeville grad Makana Stone and Whitman College have won nine of their last 10 games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It could have been a trap game, but they dodged any pitfalls.

Paced by a double-double from Coupeville grad Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad torched host Linfield 73-50 Friday to remain undefeated in league play and set up a battle royal a day from now.

Now 5-0 in the Northwest Conference, 11-3 overall, the Blues head from McMinnville, OR to Newberg to face defending league champ George Fox (5-0, 12-2) Saturday afternoon.

The winner of that rumble will own sole possession of first-place with 10 games to play, a game up on the losers.

Both Whitman and George Fox currently sit two games ahead of anyone else, with Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth in a tie at 3-2.

The Blues, who have won nine of their last 10 games, roared out to a quick 19-9 lead after one quarter of play at Linfield.

Keying things was Stone, who rampaged from one end of the floor to another, scoring six and grabbing six boards before taking a seat after playing the game’s first seven minutes.

Linfield cut the deficit back to eight at the half, but a 24-9 run in the third sealed the deal for Whitman.

The only thing stopping Stone from going on a truly epic tear was foul trouble, as she was limited to just 17 minutes on the night.

Still, she took advantage of what floor time she was allotted, finishing with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kaylie McCracken dropped in 18 points to lead the Blues, while Mady Burdett matched Stone with 12 of her own.

On the season, Stone, who is in the top two in almost every one of the 22 stat categories Whitman keeps, sits with 228 points, 126 rebounds, 22 assists, 19 steals and 17 blocks.

She’s shooting 97-185 from the field and 34-46 at the charity stripe.

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   Sophomore Makana Stone went for nine points and nine rebounds Saturday as Whitman won on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They found their way back.

Rescuing what could have been a lost weekend, the Whitman College women’s basketball team exploded in the second-half Saturday to bury visiting Linfield.

Rallying from a five-point halftime deficit, while All-American Casey Poe suffered through a 2-11 shooting night, the Blues poured in 54 points after the break, nabbing an 82-71 win.

The victory, coming in the regular-season finale, snaps a two-game skid and lifts Whitman to 14-2 in Northwest Conference play, 22-3 overall.

The Blues, busy with their own game, didn’t know about it at the time, but they also came within a play of earning a share of the league title.

That slipped away however, when George Fox gunner Haylee Hutzler sank two free throws with five seconds to go in Newberg, OR, helping the Bruins nip Pacific 60-59.

Avoiding what would have been a monumental upset, George Fox (15-1, 22-3) enters the four-team NWC tourney seeded #1 and will host #4 Lewis & Clark (9-7, 14-11) Feb. 22.

#2 Whitman hosts #3 Willamette (12-4, 16-9) the same night, with the winners playing for the title Feb. 24 on the home court of the highest-surviving seed.

Back-to-back losses to George Fox and Willamette, the latter coming less than 24 hours ago, derailed what had been a 21-game winning streak for the Blues.

Cold shooting was a huge liability Friday, and things didn’t look much better as the early moments of Saturday’s match-up played out.

Poe opened 0-3 from the floor, picked up two quick fouls and spent almost the entire first half on the bench.

While Coupeville grad Makana Stone was a beast on the boards, hauling down five caroms in the opening minutes, her team could not get a shot to drop.

Still, despite shooting just 3-14 in the first 10 minutes, Whitman only trailed 13-12 at the first break.

Playing without Poe, the Blues hung tough in the second quarter, but a three-ball with five seconds to play from Paige Graham staked Linfield to a 33-28 bulge at the half.

Whatever was said in the locker room quickly bore fruit, however, as Whitman more than doubled its point total with a 31-19 surge in the third.

From there the Blues ruthlessly pushed the lead out to as many as 16, before coasting in for the win.

While it was Senior Night, with Whitman honoring Poe, Emily Rommel and Sierra McGarity, the star of the game was freshman Taylor Chambers, who poured in 16 of her game-high 24 in the second half.

Rommel added 15, while Stone racked up nine points, nine boards, four assists, two steals and a block before blind refs fouled her out in the game’s final 90 seconds.

For the season, she has 317 points (#2 on the team), 177 rebounds (#1), 48 assists, five blocks and 18 steals.

Stone is shooting 53% from the floor (135-254) and 77% from the free-throw line (47-61).

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   Makana Stone went off for a team-high 18 points Friday, leading Whitman to its 15th straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She used every second they gave her.

Limited to just 17 minutes by foul trouble Friday, Coupeville grad Makana Stone still threw down a team-high 18 points, spurring Whitman College to its 15th straight win.

With Stone and All-American Casey Poe combining for 35 points, the Blues held off pesky Linfield 69-62 on the road, lifting their record to 7-0 in Northwest Conference play, 15-1 overall.

Whitman wraps up a two-game trip to Oregon Saturday with a big-time showdown at Willamette University, where the Bearcats will enter boasting a 6-1, 10-6 record and their own six-game winning streak.

Friday night Stone picked up four fouls (probably due to blind refs), but exploded in the second half.

The third quarter belonged to the sophomore sensation, as she went for nine points, draining jumper after jumper.

With the game close down the stretch, Whitman turned to its big two, and the duo answered the call.

Stone hit a shot to lift the Blues to a late four-point lead, then she and Poe combined to make seven free throws down the stretch to ice the win.

Through 16 games, Stone has scored 225 points (passing the 208 she scored as a freshman) while piling up 104 rebounds, 31 assists and 13 steals.

She’s shooting 58% from the field (97-166) and 76% from the line (31-41).

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Makana Stone (Eileen Stone photo)

   Coupeville grad Makana Stone and the Whitman College women’s basketball squad is 12-0 after a big win Friday night. (Eileen Stone photo)

Taking a break did not slow them down at all.

Facing off with a foe for the first time in 17 days, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad blasted visiting Linfield 74-37 Friday night.

The win lifts the red-hot Blues, who feature Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone prominently on their roster, to 12-0 overall, 3-0 in Northwest Conference play.

Whitman, which hadn’t played since a holiday tournament in Hawaii Dec. 19-20, exploded out of the gate Friday, grabbing a 22-6 lead after one quarter of play.

The biggest play in that run, at least for people back on Whidbey, was Stone delivering her third blocked shot of the season.

The former Wolf sensation taught Linfield’s Annalise Beshears a lesson Coupeville’s rivals learned many times over — don’t try and shoot anywhere near Stone’s long, deadly arms.

Playing on the same night her former high school squad rolled Chimacum, Stone collected four points, three rebounds, an assist and the aforementioned block in 11 minutes of floor time.

Four Blues players ended up in double digits, led by Chelsi Brewer and Emily Rommel, who knocked down 13 apiece.

For the season, Stone is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 boards a game off the bench.

She has 64 points, 56 rebounds, 10 steals, eight assists and three blocks, while leading Whitman in field goal percentage at 51% (28 of 55).

Whitman will have a quick turn-around, hosting Pacific University Saturday afternoon, the second in a stretch of four straight home games in Walla Walla for the Blues.

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Start practicing today and you can grow up to be the next Lathom Kelley. (John Fisken photos)

   Start practicing today and you can grow up to be the next Lathom Kelley (with ball) or Hunter Downes. (John Fisken photos)

Smedley

Brett Smedley, camp director and new CHS head football coach.

Your future is waiting. Will you step up and tackle it?

Future gridiron warriors who are entering grades 3-6 can take part in a football camp run by the Coupeville High School coaching staff and current and former Wolf players.

The camp runs July 8-9 from 9 AM-noon both days and cost is $30 for one session or $60 for both days (includes camp t-shirt).

Registration is ongoing at the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club (203 N. Main).

Sessions will cover the fundamentals of passing, catching, blocking, tackling, and kicking with work on basic offensive and defensive systems.

Players will scrimmage and there will be a camp tournament, daily awards and team building activities.

The camp is run by new CHS head coach Brett Smedley, who brings 14 years of football playing and coaching to the field.

A former player at Linfield College, he coached high school football in Vancouver before coming to Coupeville, where has has been a PE teacher and assistant coach.

He inherits the head coaching spot for the Wolves this fall with the departure of Tony Maggio.

Smedley and his staff want the camp to “provide campers with an experience that improves his/her football skills in a safe and positive environment.”

“Players are encouraged to reach their fullest potential and come away from camp not only with new skills but an enthusiasm for the game,” he said. “We focus on a maximum number of quality repetitions and give students a high level of attention through a low camper to coach ratio.

“Finally, we expect players to learn and have fun!”

For more information, contact the coach at bsmedley@coupeville.k12.wa.us

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