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Maddie Georges waits for a teammate to get open before delivering a pass. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nezi Keiper and Dominic Coffman have a chat.

Wolf JV players react to a play.

Eryn Wood contemplates going all Sean Penn on the paparazzi.

Abby Mulholland stands tall under pressure, while Alita Blouin scrambles to help.

Tia Wurzrainer glides past a defender.

As she rehabs from an injury, rebound machine Ja’Kenya Hoskins moonlights as a camerawoman.

Savana Allen gets out of town in a hurry.

The wins keep coming, and so do the photos.

Both Coupeville High School girls basketball squads beat visiting Sultan Friday night, keeping alive hot streaks.

Meanwhile, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken ambled between gyms to snap the pics seen above.

Just a mere fraction of what he captured, the rest are stashed away for your perusal and purchasing needs at:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2019-2020/GBB-2020-01-10-vs-Sultan/

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Freshman Maddie Georges scored 13 points Friday night as Coupeville’s varsity nipped Sultan in a wild one. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bend, but don’t break.

Showing some serious intestinal fortitude Friday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team made big plays at crucial moments.

Shots which had to go in, went in. Defensive stops which had to be made, were made.

And with that, the Wolves head into the weekend happy, having held on to capture a 31-28 gut-wrencher of a win against visiting Sultan.

The victory lifts Coupeville to 2-1 in North Sound Conference play, 7-3 overall.

This was the kind of game which can give a coach some extra grey hairs. Though, if you win, you can sort of live with that.

The Wolves rode the rollercoaster Friday, jumping out to a big lead, giving it all back, then stepping up to deny Sultan in the fourth quarter for the second time this season.

In the early going, things looked fairly eazy-breezy.

Sultan did drain a long shot from the top of the key, beating the buzzer by half a second, to open the game, then went on to hold a 4-2 lead.

But the Wolves responded in style, using a 14-0 run which started with a first quarter Maddie Georges layup and ended with a second quarter Tia Wurzrainer layup to blow things wide open.

Coupeville was frustrating the Turks with nasty defense, getting out and running, and almost always finishing strongly.

Maybe not at the free throw line, where it missed its first six attempts, but everywhere else.

Whether it was Chelsea Prescott slashing through the middle to convert a layup off of a dart of a pass from Hannah Davidson, or Georges hitting from long range, everything was going in for the Wolves.

One of three freshmen on the Wolf varsity, Georges hit a pair of three-balls during the run, and was so quick about it, she actually beat her coach.

In between the treys, Fox sent a sub to check in and replace his fab frosh.

But while the other Wolf crouched by the table, waiting for a stoppage in play so she could check in, Georges went flying by, snagged a pass and nailed a leaning three-pointer, making sure to maximize her floor time.

Up 16-4 after the surge, Coupeville took a small step back after that, but got another long jumper from Georges as soon as she reentered the game, and went to the break up 20-12.

But if things were dandy in the first half, they got a bit desperate later.

While everything had been dropping for the Wolves during the first two quarters, the rim got downright rude in the third quarter, rejecting shot after shot by Coupeville.

Given new life, Sultan crawled back to within 20-19 and was mere ticks of the clock away from pulling off the bagel job in the frame.

But wait, remember those fab frosh I mentioned? Cause they’re here to save the day.

Carolyn Lhamon, with a Sultan player hanging off of each of her arms, out-wrestled the world for the biggest offensive rebound of the game, then flicked the ball out to the shooter with the magic touch.

Some call her Mad Dog. Some call her The Wall.

It doesn’t matter, because Georges blocks out all noise on the floor, even the hollering of her boisterous fan section.

Stone-cold killers are just that way.

Lhamon’s pass on her fingertips, Georges slid forward and calmly reigned holy terror on the Turks, flipping the net skyward with her third three-ball of the night and calming her coach’s angina.

For a moment, at least.

It probably came right back, as Sultan scored the first three buckets of the fourth quarter to erase the 23-19 lead Georges had given Coupeville.

Trailing for the first time in what seemed like forever, the Wolves were down 25-23, the basket had once again closed up shop on their side of the floor, and things might have seemed dire.

But … plot twist.

A team which was having little luck at the free throw line recaptured its mojo and reclaimed the game thanks to turning a weakness into a strength.

Prescott drained a freebie, before senior leaders Avalon Renninger and Scout Smith each went 2-for-2 during back-to-back trips to the charity stripe.

Surprise. Surprise.

Things still got pushed to the final moments, however, as the teams traded buckets, with Coupeville’s coming off of a short banker from Davidson, before a Sultan free throw made life tense at 30-28.

Worse still, the Turks had the ball in their hands with 19 seconds to play, thanks to a questionable call on a play where Renninger was drilled in the face, only to have the ref whistle traveling and not a foul.

Sultan’s momentary joy was short-lived, however, as Smith picked off the inbounds pass, sliding around her rival to yank the lob out of mid-air.

That set up one more free throw from Renninger, and then a final defensive gem to seal the deal.

With the Turks down by three and scrambling to get the ball up court, Georges emulated Smith, her point guard mentor, by making off with the ball and setting off a celebration on her bench.

At which point the Coupeville coaching staff started to breathe again.

Georges led the scoring attack with 13, Prescott (7), Wurzrainer (4), Renninger (3), Smith (2), and Davidson (2) also scored, while Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Audrianna Shaw chipped in with hustle and grit.

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Scout Smith scored 12 points Saturday to pace Coupeville’s varsity in a brawl with Nooksack Valley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Survive playing against the best, and you will likely prosper.

Saturday afternoon wasn’t exactly fun for the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad, but it should help prepare them for the road ahead.

Playing against a very-dangerous Nooksack Valley team, the Wolves battled almost evenly on the scoreboard in the second half, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit and fell 52-30 on their home floor.

The non-conference loss snaps a five-game winning streak and sends Coupeville into winter break carrying a 6-2 record on the season.

When the Wolves return to action Jan. 3, they’ll travel to Chimacum for one more non-league tune-up, before playing their final eight regular season games against North Sound Conference foes.

CHS, at 1-0 in league play, is currently tied with Cedar Park Christian atop the six-team conference standings.

Saturday’s game, coming against a top-notch 1A school which lives and thrives in a brutal 1A/2A/3A mega-conference, was always going to be one of the toughest games on Coupeville’s schedule.

But, like the saying goes, you have to beat the best to be the best.

Or, in this case, go toe-to-toe (and chest-to-chest) with the best to get better.

The chests in question belonged to Wolf freshman guard Maddie Georges and the poor Pioneer she obliterated on the game’s best play.

Senior point guard Scout Smith had the ball for Coupeville, and was looking for a slice of daylight to make a dash to the hoop.

Enter Georges, who delivered “The Screen o’ Death,” giving her older teammate room to rumble.

Some screens are half-hearted. Some screens are held for .00002 of a second, then forgotten about. Some screens arrive too late.

This screen, set by a scrappy frosh, was none of those things.

Georges slid into place and held fast, absorbing the collision and dropping the incoming, oblivious Pioneer flat on her butt, sending her sliding several feet across the shiny hardwood.

In a game which Coupeville lost, in a game against very strong competition, it was plays like that one, maybe only noticed by a handful of viewers, which speak the loudest.

Combine that with some smart, explosive scoring moves by seasoned pros SmithChelsea Prescott, and Avalon Renninger, and there was a lot to like about how the Wolves played.

The only problem is, Nooksack is a battle-hardened team which jumps on every mistake, no matter how small, and can turn one error into two or three quick buckets before the tide can be stemmed.

And that’s hard to counter.

Case in point, the first quarter, as Coupeville fell behind 6-0, then got a jolt to the nervous system when Izzy Wells came amblin’ up court, slid to the outside and drained a beauty of a three-ball from the left side.

The ball had barely finished rippling through the net, with the crowd’s screams still rising, and BAM, Nooksack answered with a three-ball of its own, followed by a steal and some ensuing free throws.

Wells slapped home a layup, off of Coupeville breaking the Pioneer press, but then WHAM, Nooksack stole an inbounds pass, turning the interception into a layup in one silky-smooth motion.

That was the tone of the game – the Wolves worked hard, pulled off a solid play, only to be gutted as Nooksack answered with an immediate hail of points.

Smith scorched the net for a three-ball from the side with just a few ticks left on the clock in the first quarter, but the Pioneers answered with their own trey to close the frame, then ran off 10 straight points to open the second.

Nooksack’s final bucket during that game-busting surge came off of a steal and breakaway, pushing the lead out to 26-8, but it also marked the end of the Pioneer domination.

From that moment on, the Wolves buckled down, and held their own over the final 2.5 quarters, hanging within 26-22 over the final 20 minutes.

Prescott stood tall, draining several pull-up jumpers with arms in her face, while Smith threw down three consecutive buckets during a 6-0 run of her own in the third quarter.

The middle one of that trio of baskets joined George’s “Screen o’ Death” as the other standout play of the game.

Looking for someone to inbound the ball to, Prescott suddenly reared back and, recalling her days as a baseball star in little league, hucked a full-court pass.

Out ahead of the defense, Smith never broke stride, hauling in the pass like older brother’s Hunter and CJ once did on the gridiron, before curving back inside and pounding home the layup.

Toss in a pretty dang gorgeous curling layup from Renninger, quality work on the boards from elbow-flingin’ freshman Carolyn Lhamon, and nice hustle from all involved, and the Wolves have little reason to hang their heads.

Coupeville is a good team, potentially a very good one, and it just ran into a well-seasoned, strongly-coached squad which should hold its own in their juggernaut of a league.

A loss is a loss, but some are better than others, and this very much lands in the category of a “good” loss.

Smith paced the Wolves with a team-high 12 points, taking her career total to 221 and counting.

She passed Linda Cheshier (210), Lisa Roehl (216), and Beth Mouw (216) on the all-time Wolf girls scoring chart, and is a bucket shy of tying Annette Jameson (223) for 50th place with a program which started in 1974.

Smith is not the only CHS player on the cusp of getting historical, however.

Prescott banged home seven to back her up, and, with 192 career points, is close to cracking the 200-point barrier herself.

Renninger and Wells rounded out Saturday’s scoring attack, with six and five points, respectively, while Anya Leavell, Mollie Bailey, Hannah Davidson, Georges, Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh also saw floor time.

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Gwen Gustafson drives hard to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith knocks down two of her team-high 10 points.

Hannah Davidson runs the offense.

Ryanne Knoblich comes in hot.

Avalon Renninger gets tangled up during a battle for a loose ball.

Ella Colwell strolls in for a bucket.

Maddie Georges keeps her rival away from the ball.

The shoes were squeaking, and the camera was clicking.

Wednesday night’s Island rivalry girls basketball showdown between Coupeville and Oak Harbor brought out the big plays, and the bigger cameras.

The photos above are courtesy John Fisken, but are just the tip of what he captured.

To see everything he shot, and maybe purchase some glossies for Christmas presents, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2019-2020/GBB-2019-12-04-at-OH/

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Ryanne Knoblich soars for a kill. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fear and respect Alita “The Assassin” Blouin. “My aces are so hot they’ll burn your kneecaps as they fly by!” (Brian Vick photo)

Consider it a very successful audition.

There will be eight open spots on next year’s Coupeville High School varsity volleyball roster, thanks to a large graduation.

So, all season long, whenever the Wolf JV spikers took the floor, they were playing for two things – to win, and to convince their coaches they will be ready to bounce up to the front-line squad next year.

Both boxes were checked, and in ink, not pencil.

Polishing off host Sultan 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 Monday, the CHS young guns closed their season at 8-2 in North Sound Conference play, 11-3 overall.

Their only losses were to private school power King’s (which they pushed to a full three sets both times out) and 2A Anacortes.

The well-balanced attack Monday was led by Kylie Chernikoff, a swing player who thrashed all comers when playing at the JV level.

She closed with 10 kills, four service aces, and 12 digs, while freshman Maddie Georges added two kills, two aces, and 19 assists.

Jill Prince and Anya Leavell chipped in with four kills apiece, while Ryanne Knoblich picked up two and Taygin Jump smoked one.

Coupeville scorched the ball while at the service line, with Jaimee Masters picking up a team-high eight aces.

Alita Blouin added four, with Knoblich ringing up three.

Blouin (4), Gwen Gustafson (3), and Leavell (1) joined the dig brigade, scraping balls off the floor for Chris Smith’s squad.

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