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Wolf freshman Teagan Calkins pumped in 12 points Tuesday night in a win over La Conner. (Jackie Saia photo)

They went out with a bang.

Playing on their home floor for the final time during the 2022-2023 basketball season, the Coupeville High School JV girls’ ran visiting La Conner off the floor Tuesday night.

Getting points from eight different players, Kassie O’Neil’s squad captured a 52-36 win, giving them a season sweep of the Braves and lifting their record to 7-8.

“The girls kicked ass!” said the Wolf coach. “Such a great last home game.

“They left it all on the floor!”

The Wolf young guns close their season with a road trip Friday to face Friday Harbor, before several swing players join the CHS varsity full-time for the playoffs.

Tuesday’s tilt with La Conner was the first time Coupeville’s JV was in action since Jan. 27, but the layoff didn’t seem to hurt at all.

Madison McMillan hit the floor with fire coming out of her fingertips, raining down 10 points in the first eight minutes, as she and her teammates built an early 18-5 lead.

From there, the teams battled through a 10-10 stalemate in the second quarter, before La Conner pulled out a razor-thin 9-8 advantage in the third frame.

Up 36-24 heading into the fourth, Coupeville closed strongly, with Jada Heaton, Desi Ramirez-Vasquez, Teagan Calkins, and McMillan scoring during a final 16-12 surge.

McMillan and Calkins paced a balanced scoring attack, rattling the rim for 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Kierra Thayer and Heaton both popped for eight.

Ramirez-Vasquez (4), Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo (3), Kassidy Upchurch (2), and Kayla Arnold (1) also tallied points, with Reese Wilkinson, Brynn Parker, Bryley Gilbert, Skylar Parker, and Liza Zustiak chipping in with defense and hustle.

Kayla Arnold waits for a potential rebound. (Jackie Saia photo)

O’Neil, a former Coupeville hoops superstar, is wrapping up her first season as JV coach, and the experience has been hugely positive for her.

Not just in how her players have performed on the floor, but also in how they have carried themselves all season.

“The thing I’m most proud of with this group of girls is that they continue to play with integrity and positive attitudes,” O’Neil said.

“When other teams play dirty, our girls always take the high road, helping others up and apologizing if they hurt someone.

“Win or lose, they play with spirit!”

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Bryley Gilbert slashes to the hoop. (Jackie Saia photo)

Sometimes effort beats skill.

That seems to be the case Thursday, as the Mount Vernon High School C-Team pulled away with a strong third quarter, bouncing Coupeville’s JV 38-23.

The non-conference road loss drops the young Wolves to 6-7, but they get an immediate chance to return to the hardwood with a home game Friday against Northwest 2B/1B League rival Friday Harbor.

While Mount Vernon is a 3A school and CHS a 2B institution, Wolf coach Kassie O’Neil felt her team more than matched up with the Bulldogs.

But the host team just wanted the game more.

“It was a hard game to lose, because we really should have won,” O’Neil said. “We had more talent, but we got outhustled.”

Coupeville stayed close through the first half, trailing just 10-6 at the first break, and 15-12 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the difference, however, as the Bulldogs used a 15-5 tear to bust things open.

Madison McMillan paced Coupeville with a team-high 11 points, giving her 101 for the season.

The sophomore swing player, who has also scored at the varsity level for the Wolves, is the first JV player, male or female, to top triple-digits this season.

Bryley Gilbert knocked down six points to back McMillan, with Kierra Thayer, Liza Zustiak, and Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo each chipping in with a bucket to round out the offensive attack.

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Madison McMillan, destroyer of worlds. (Jackie Saia photo)

Madison McMillan blew the joint up.

Having made her varsity basketball debut earlier in the evening Friday, the Coupeville High School sophomore dominated play in the girls JV game.

Throwing down a season-high 23 points, McMillan outscored visiting Orcas Island by herself, sparking the Wolf young guns to a 52-17 win.

The victory, coming in Coupeville’s league opener, lifts the JV to 4-3 overall, 1-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

While McMillan and company were scorching the nets, they were also clamping down on defense.

After surrendering 10 points in the opening quarter, the Wolves held Orcas to just a single basket in each of the next three quarters.

That allowed CHS to turn an early 17-10 advantage into a solid 31-12 lead at the half, before bumping the margin to 43-15 through three quarters.

McMillan was an equal opportunity warrior, banging home buckets in all four frames.

She opened with a torrid nine-point performance in the first quarter, tacked on six more before halftime, then banked in four apiece in the third and fourth.

“I promise you, Maddie’s only going to hurt them a little bit … maybe.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

McMillan got plenty of help, with nine different Wolves scoring for Kassie O’Neil’s squad.

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo knocked down eight points, with Teagan Calkins and Kierra Thayer each chipping in with six.

Kassidy Upchurch (2), Reese Wilkinson (2), Liza Zustiak (2), Desi Ramirez-Vasquez (2), and Jada Heaton (1) also scored, while Kayla Arnold brought intensity to her defensive efforts.

It was Upchurch’s first points of the season.

Coupeville returns to action next week, with a home game Tuesday, Jan. 10 against Mount Vernon Christian kicking things off.

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Wolf hoops stars Reese Wilkinson (45) and Kierra Thayer (32) battle for control of the paint. (Jackie Saia photo)

Welcome to the Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo experience.

The Coupeville High School foreign exchange student entered Christmas break as a cheerleader and emerged from it a fully formed basketball sensation.

Making her hardwood debut for the Wolf JV Wednesday, Marcos-Cabrillo threw down a team-high 11 points, sparking Kassie O’Neil’s squad to a 39-36 win over visiting Granite Falls.

The non-conference win, coming in Coupeville’s first girls’ hoops game since Dec. 17, lifts the Wolves to 3-3 on the season.

Next up for the young guns is a home game Friday against Orcas Island, in what will be the team’s first league clash.

Wednesday’s return to the floor was a tense, back-and-forth affair capped by Marcos-Cabrillo going off for back-to-back breakaway buckets, followed by Liza Zustiak proving her chops as a stone-cold killer.

The Wolf freshman nailed a long pullup jumper, her feet just inside the three-point arc, staking the Wolves to a 39-34 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

While Granite Falls did tickle the twines for a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play, the Tigers could get no closer thanks to a ferocious Wolf defense.

Teagan Calkins went airborne to pick off a pass, and multiple Coupeville players slammed into the floor to fight over a loose ball as the clock madly ticked away.

Given a final chance to tie, thanks to a questionable decision by the refs, Granite Falls bounced its one, and only, three-ball attempt of the night off the top of the backboard.

The furious finale arrived some two hours after a surprise opener, with Marcos-Cabrillo trading her cheerleader outfit for a basketball jersey, joining the hardwood starting five to the great delight of her former cheer teammates.

Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo made her Coupeville basketball debut Wednesday, and immediately wowed Wolf Nation. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville fell behind early, trailing 6-0 until Madison McMillan and Kierra Thayer got rolling.

The duo combined for all the buckets during a 10-0 run, changing the flow of the game.

With McMillan crashing hard through the paint en route to three baskets, and Thayer using her long arms to snatch a pair of offensive boards and put them back up and in, the Wolves were on the move.

Marcos-Cabrillo netted her first points as a Wolf on a steal and breakaway bucket, but Granite Falls refused to go down easy.

The Tigers actually regained the lead at 14-12 right before the end of the first quarter, before Coupeville once again went on a tear.

The Wolves opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, with McMillan, Reese Wilkinson, Calkins, and Jada Heaton all scoring, and never gave the lead back.

Granite hung around, staying within 24-22 at the half, and tying the game at 30-30 with under a minute to play in the third quarter.

But sparked by their defense, whether it was Kassidy Upchurch pulling down multiple rebounds or Kayla Arnold and Desi Ramirez-Vasquez frustrating Tiger ballhandlers, the Wolves had an answer at every turn.

CHS closed the third quarter with an exclamation point, as Thayer fired a half-court outlet pass onto the fingertips of a rumblin’ McMillan, who sliced ‘n diced the defense for a layup.

The ball hit glass, then dropped sweetly through mere moments before the buzzer sang the song of its people, setting off a celebration down the Wolf bench.

The good times continued from there, with Marcos-Cabrillo and Zustiak sticking in the final daggers for a win fueled by rock-solid effort from every player on the active roster.

McMillan banked in 10 to go with Marcos-Cabrillo’s 11-point debut, while Thayer (6), Heaton (4), Calkins (4), Zustiak (2), and Wilkinson (2) also scored.

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Madison McMillan makes a delivery. (Jackie Saia photo)

No more flipping the nets until the new year.

With the varsity boys winning a two-day, four-team holiday tournament in Leavenworth, Coupeville High School’s basketball programs go back into deep freeze for a bit.

The second holiday break features no hoops contests between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3, with the Wolf girls returning to action Jan. 4 with home games against Granite Falls.

The CHS boys get back at it Jan. 6, when Orcas Island arrives on Whidbey for four games in one night.

As we wait out the dry days ahead, a look at where Coupeville players sit in the season scoring chase:


Varsity girls
(6 games):

Alita Blouin – 59
Maddie Georges – 42
Ryanne Knoblich – 37
Gwen Gustafson – 29
Carolyn Lhamon – 21
Lyla Stuurmans – 21
Katie Marti – 14
Mia Farris – 10
Jada Heaton – 1


JV girls
(5 games):

Madison McMillan – 43
Kierra Thayer – 22
Jada Heaton – 20
Desi Ramirez-Vasquez – 17
Reese Wilkinson – 10
Kayla Arnold – 8
Bryley Gilbert – 8
Teagan Calkins – 7
Liza Zustiak – 2
Skylar Parker – 1


Varsity boys
(9 games):

Logan Downes – 204
Alex Murdy – 90
Nick Guay – 60
Cole White – 53
Jonathan Valenzuela – 44
Ryan Blouin – 29
Dominic Coffman – 17
Chase Anderson – 13
Jermiah Copeland – 4
Mikey Robinett – 4
William Davidson – 3
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 2
Zane Oldenstadt – 1


JV boys
(5 games):

Hunter Bronec – 42
Chase Anderson – 41
Aiden O’Neill – 41
Johnny Porter – 27
Jack Porter – 25
Hurlee Bronec – 24
Camden Glover – 18
Malachi Somes – 9
Mikey Robinett – 6
Carson Field – 4
Landon Roberts – 4
Yohannon Sandles – 2

Chase Anderson fires away. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

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