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Mollie Bailey was one of five Coupeville varsity players to score Tuesday as the Wolves played state power King’s for likely the final time. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still control their own playoff destiny.

So, that’s the positive to take away.

Despite absorbing a rough loss Tuesday in Shoreline to state title contender King’s, the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball team is just a win from clinching third-place in the North Sound Conference.

The Wolves, who suffered through a cold shooting performance, greatly helped along by a Knights squad which is brutally-efficient, fell 54-13 to the private school power.

The loss drops Coupeville to 4-3 in league play, 10-5 overall, with two regular-season games to play.

King’s (5-0, 14-4), which is only playing fellow NSC teams once this season, sits atop the standings, followed by Cedar Park Christian (7-1, 14-5).

Thanks to South Whidbey (3-5, 9-10) falling to Sultan (2-5, 6-11) Tuesday, the Wolves are a game-and-a-half up on their next-door neighbors.

Win Friday at home against cellar-dweller Granite Falls (0-7, 3-15), and Coupeville clinches the #3 seed to the double-elimination district playoffs, which begin Feb. 10.

Tuesday night was likely the final time the Wolves will play King’s, barring a playoff meeting, as Coupeville returns to 2B next school year.

Before it goes, CHS got a reminder of why the Knights perennially rep one of the best hoops programs in the state, in any classification.

Bolting out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter of play, King’s just got better from there, rolling to 17-0 and 16-2 advantages in the next two frames.

While the Wolves didn’t play terribly, and actually came out on top 7-4 in the fourth quarter, pretty much no one on the roster could get the rim to play nicely.

“We couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean,” mused CHS coach Scott Fox. “King’s pressure was good, and we couldn’t generate any offense.

“That combo gets you in the loss column.”

The Wolves got their fair share of solid looks at the basket, but nothing wanted to drop.

“We played hard and one after another of our shots rolled around the rim and fell out,” Fox said. “One of those nights … on to (play) Granite Falls!”

Freshman Carolyn Lhamon came off the bench to score a team-high four points, all in the final frame, while Scout Smith added three, with all of her scoring coming courtesy free throws.

Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey, and Avalon Renninger rounded out the offense with two points apiece, while Audrianna Shaw, Izzy Wells, Hannah Davidson, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Tia Wurzrainer, Anya Leavell, and Maddie Georges saw floor time.

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Avalon Renninger and the Coupeville varsity girls hoops squad are shooting for a top-three league finish. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Down the stretch they come.

Playoff berths and postseason seeding are up in the air as the basketball teams of the North Sound Conference head into the final week-and-a-half of the regular season.

The Coupeville girls are sitting strong in third place, with the top five making the playoffs, and the Wolves control their own destiny.

They travel to Shoreline Tuesday to face league leader King’s, then close with home games against Granite Falls Friday and South Whidbey Feb. 4.

The CHS boys currently hold the #5 seed.

Record-wise, they’re tied with Granite Falls, but they have a tiebreaker, having beaten the Tigers in their first meeting.

They also have three games left to play, hosting South Whidbey Tuesday and Granite Friday, before travelling to Sultan Feb. 4 for the regular-season finale.

Where things currently sit:

 

North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 4-0 13-4
CPC-Bothell 7-1 14-5
Coupeville 4-2 10-4
South Whidbey 3-4 9-9
Sultan 1-5 5-11
Granite Falls 0-7 3-15

 

North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 6-0 10-8
South Whidbey 5-1 13-3
CPC-Bothell 4-3 10-7
Sultan 2-5 4-13
Coupeville 1-5 5-10
Granite Falls 1-5 3-14

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Sean Toomey-Stout slashes to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Toss out the first quarter and it was a thriller.

After a cold start Friday in Bothell, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team played strongly across the game’s final 24 minutes.

Unfortunately, the Wolves could never crawl their way back from a 21-point deficit at the first break, and fell 69-45 to host Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-5 in North Sound Conference action, 4-10 overall.

CHS will get a quick chance to bounce back, as it caps a busy week with a home non-conference tilt with Port Townsend (3-10) Saturday.

Tip-off is 4:30 for JV, 6:00 for varsity.

Friday’s game was a marked improvement for the Wolves, who lost 87-44 to the same Cedar Park squad four days ago.

It didn’t start out that way, as Coupeville fell behind 26-5 at the first break, but things got much better from there on out.

The Wolves outscored the hot-shooting Eagles 15-11 in the second quarter, with Hawthorne Wolfe leading the way with five points in the frame.

The sophomore sniper got plenty of help in the quarter, as seniors Sean Toomey-Stout and Koa Davison added four points apiece.

While the Wolves couldn’t get the lead down much more, they did hang tough with CPC, being outscored just 43-40 across the final three quarters.

Wolfe and fellow sophomore Xavier Murdy each pumped in 10 points to spark the offense, while Toomey-Stout banked home nine.

Davison and Mason Grove added six apiece, with Ulrik Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim both netting a bucket.

It was the first appearance for Wells in several games, as the Wolf big man has been recuperating from illness.

Gavin Knoblich, Jean Lund-Olsen, and Jered Brown also saw floor time for Brad Sherman’s squad.

Coupeville’s top two scorers on the season, Wolfe and Grove, continue to work their way up the Matterhorn that is the CHS boys basketball career scoring chart.

Both gunners passed four more former Wolves with their scoring efforts Friday, as Wolfe, who has 345 points, rose from #76 all-time to a tie with Timm Orsborn for #71.

He slid by Mike Vaughan (337), Kevin Faris (339), Byron Fellstrom (340), and Robin Larson (342).

Grove, who sits with 327 points, is hot on Wolfe’s trail, and jumps from #85 to #81, passing David Ford (323), Harold Buckner (323), Ian Smith (324), and Utz Conard (326) on a chart which covers 103 seasons.

 

JV falls:

“They wanted revenge and got it.”

It was a rough night for the Wolf JV boys, who fell 66-38 to a CPC squad they had beaten earlier in the week.

The loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to 4-2 in North Sound Conference action, 8-5 overall.

Logan Martin led the way for the Wolves, banging home a team-high 11 points, while Daniel Olson chipped in with nine.

Alex Jimenez (7), Grady Rickner (4), Cody Roberts (3), Miles Davidson (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also scored for Chris Smith’s squad.

 

C-Team cancels:

Coupeville was originally set to play a third game, but had to opt out due to a lack of players.

Patrick Upchurch’s team returns to action Saturday with a road doubleheader in Granite Falls, with games against the host Tigers and Sultan.

The Wolf roster will be supplemented with several players plucked from the JV squad.

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Freshman Maddie Georges scored a team-high nine points, hitting a trio of three-balls, Friday in Bothell. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They won the battle, and lost the war.

Shutting down the reigning league MVP on her home floor Friday night, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad had a prime chance to pull off an upset.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, their own offense went into the deep freezer after a decent first quarter, and they eventually fell 35-21 at Cedar Park Christian.

The loss drops Coupeville to 9-4 overall, 4-2 in North Sound Conference action — with both losses coming to CPC.

It was a disappointing result from a game where the Wolves stifled Cedar Park’s one-woman wrecking crew, Irena Korolenko, holding her to just four points.

Only problem was, Coupeville couldn’t do much better itself on the offensive end of the floor.

“Our offense went cold,” said CHS coach Scott Fox. “We executed our game plan exactly how we wanted, but a few letdowns, and untimely makes on their end, made it tough to climb back into the game.

“Kids played extremely hard,” he added. “And, like always, I’m extremely proud of their effort.”

Coupeville came out strongly, jumping to an 8-3 lead after one quarter of play.

Getting buckets from Carolyn Lhamon and Avalon Renninger, plus a free throw off the fingertips of Hannah Davidson, the Wolves were ahead, then delivered a crusher when frosh Maddie Georges nailed a three-ball right before the buzzer.

Then the baskets closed up for business.

A rough second quarter, when an Izzy Wells bucket was the lone bright spot in a 10-2 deficit, sent the Wolves into the locker room trailing 13-10.

Things got worse after the break, with Cedar Park using a 17-7 run in the third, with Korolenko not scoring a single point, to take control of the game.

Georges finished with a team-high nine points, hitting pay dirt on three-ball attempts in three different quarters.

Joining her in scoring were Wells (4), Davidson (3), Renninger (2), Lhamon (2), and Scout Smith (1), while Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey, Tia Wurzrainer, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Anya Leavell, and Audrianna Shaw all saw floor time.

Coupeville gets a quick turnaround, as it heads to Port Townsend Saturday for a non-conference tilt with the RedHawks.

After that, the Wolves, who are sitting in 3rd place in the six-team North Sound Conference, close with league games against King’s (Jan. 28), Granite Falls (Jan. 31), and South Whidbey (Feb. 4).

The final two games are home affairs.

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Chris Ruck was one of eight JV players to score Tuesday night against always-tough King’s. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove hit four treys as part of a team-high 14 points in the varsity game.

And we shall never see you again.

With Coupeville High School finally being granted a chance to return to 2B status starting next school year, the chances the Wolves will play private school power King’s in coming seasons is extremely limited.

Tuesday night the CHS boys basketball teams made the trip to Shoreline for their farewell tour, absorbing three more losses to one of the state’s premier hoops programs.

Instead of rehashing it all across three articles, we’re going to compress it into one, and then move on, with the Knights in our rearview mirrors.

At least in this sport, since the Coupeville girls basketball teams make their final trip to Shoreline Jan. 28, and then there’s spring sports.

But soon, very soon.

So, about tonight…

 

Varsity:

King’s is playing for nothing less than a state title this season.

Featuring a power-packed team that can kill you inside or outside, the Knights convinced most of the North Sound Conference teams to only play them once, and not twice.

With extra spots open on the schedule, the private school juggernauts added 2A and 3A schools to the mix, and went to Arizona for a big-time holiday tourney.

So, while King’s might be just 9-8 on the season (5-0 in league play), it’s a very-deceptive win-loss record.

Tuesday night went about as expected, as six-foot-seven sophomore sensation Tyler Linhardt pumped in 27 points across the first three quarters and King’s rolled to an 81-29 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-4 in league action, 4-9 overall, though Wolf coach Brad Sherman emerged from the game with a positive mindset.

“We fought hard against a very, very tough team,” he said. “Proud of the effort, attitude, and fight in our guys.

“Ready to get back to work tomorrow. Still a lot of season left!”

Coupeville, which is still very much in the fight for either the 4th or 5th playoff seed from the NSC, has five regular-season games left, starting with a trip Friday to Bothell to play Cedar Park Christian.

Tuesday night the Wolves fell behind 20-6 after one quarter, then got roughed up 27-0 in the second frame.

The second half was much better, as CHS stayed competitive through the game’s final 16 minutes.

Mason Grove paced Coupeville with 14 points, all after the break, including hitting four three-balls.

His support crew included Hawthorne Wolfe (7), Koa Davison (2), Sean Toomey-Stout (2), Jacobi Pilgrim (2), and Gavin Knoblich (2), while Jered Brown, Jean Lund-Olsen, and Xavier Murdy all saw floor time.

Not to be lost in the defeat were personal milestones for three Wolf players.

Pilgrim’s bucket gives him exactly 100 points for his prep career, making him the 186th CHS boy to reach triple digits in 103 seasons of hoops action.

While the senior big man was notching that honor, backcourt gunners Grove and Wolfe continued their assault on the career scoring chart.

Grove, a senior, now sits with 321 points, and he moved from #90 to #85 all-time Tuesday, passing five former Coupeville players, ranging from old school star Bob Rea to recent alumni Gabe Wynn and Nick Streubel.

Meanwhile, Wolfe, just a sophomore, now has 335 points, and he broke out of a three-way tie with Brad Brown and Charlie Tessaro at #78, then passed Aaron Trumbull (330) and Jim Yake (331) to land at #76 on the career chart.

 

JV:

A four-game winning streak came to a stop for Coupeville, as Chris Smith’s squad fell 62-30.

Even with the loss, the Wolves are still sitting strong at 4-1 in league, 8-4 overall.

King’s jumped out to an 18-7 lead, then steadily added to the margin, until CHS fought the Knights to an 8-8 standstill in the fourth quarter.

Logan Martin and Sage Downes were twins on the night, both scoring a team-high eight points, while also both netting a pair of three-balls.

Also scoring for Coupeville were TJ Rickner (4), Grady Rickner (3), Chris Ruck (2), Alex Murdy (2), Chris Cernick (2), and Daniel Olson (1).

Alex Jimenez, Miles Davidson, Andrew Aparicio, and Cody Roberts rounded out the roster, all seeing floor time for the Wolves.

 

C-Team:

Improvement was the key word.

Despite playing without starters Ty Hamilton and Ben Smith, the young Wolves increased their scoring total seven times from last season.

Back then, CHS fell 60-3, while Tuesday night, it hung tough in a 63-21 loss.

The defeat drops Coupeville to 0-4 in league play, 1-7 overall.

Freshman Dominic Coffman spurred the much-improved offensive attack, rattling home a team-high nine points, while Brayden Coatney added six.

Coen Killian and Alex Wasik both dropped three-balls to round out the scoring, with Coffman also hitting on a shot from behind the arc.

Josh Upchurch, Caleb Sonntag, and Nick Armstrong also saw floor time for Patrick Upchurch’s squad.

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