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Kiara Contreras banked home a bucket and dealt out three assists Saturday as the Coupeville JV girls romped to a road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They torched the gym.

Metaphorically! METAPHORICALLY!!

They’re still a little touchy around Orcas High School, after the JV gym almost LITERALLY burnt down Friday, so we need to be clear with our words.

Saturday, a day after someone caught things in the nick of time as the electrical doodads in the score clock went haywire, the Coupeville JV girls basketball squad showed up to burn things down in a safer way.

“The nets were on fire – baskets dropping everywhere!” said very-happy CHS coach Amy King.

Led by a season-high offensive explosion from freshman Abby Mulholland — perhaps channeling uncle Randy Keefe, the third-highest scorer in 102 years of Wolf boys varsity basketball — Coupeville romped to a 31-18 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the young guns to 1-3 and sent them back to the bus with an extra skip in their step.

Make that two or three extra skips for their coach.

“There was a patience on offense we haven’t seen yet and a fight on defense thru the entire game,” King said.

Ja’Kenya (Hoskins) was calling for the ball in the post, Mollie (Bailey) really sparked things on offense, Anya (Leavell) had a number of steals at the top of the key creating fast breaks and Kylie (Van Velkinburgh) shut down the Orcas offense and had some really nice shots.

“It was exciting to see the girls put together their most complete game so far.”

After the brush with fiery fury from above, the game was played with a make-shift clock on the scorekeeper’s table and no shot clock.

Not that Coupeville had any trouble getting their shots in the air quickly and efficiently.

“The girls came out strong and got stronger as the game progressed,” King said.

The Wolves methodically stretched the lead, taking it from two points after one quarter to five at the half, then using a 7-1 surge in the third to ice things.

Mulholland was front and center for the Wolf attack, stepping up to drain a high school career high of 11 points.

“The girls really shot well,” King said. “Abby had an awesome night, receiving pass after pass and putting the ball up and over.

“Our game was controlled on offense, moving the ball well, shortening the passes to minimize opportunities for steals,” she added. “We actually set up and ran a few different offenses and got great open shots.”

While the Wolves spread out the offensive love, with six other players joining Mulholland in the scoring column, it was freshman point guard Kiara Contreras who played the role of the straw who stirred the drink.

Kiara always adds an electricity to the court on both offense and defense,” King said. “She gives that type of pressure that other teams don’t like playing against, and she has been moving the ball really well on offense, feeding her teammates.”

While the offense was clicking, the defense was in lock-down mode.

During a second quarter time out, frosh Izzy Wells asked King if they could switch to a press, and her coach agreed with the move, which forced Orcas to hurry up and make multiple errors.

With nine players in uniform, the Wolves used everyone, and everyone made an impact, especially on D.

Ja’Kenya worked well in the middle with Izzy and Kylie on either side,” King said. “Up top, Mollie and Anya shut down any chance for long shots.

“On defense the girls talked, shut down their drives and started anticipating passes that resulted in a lot of steals,” she added. “Alana (Mihill) and Morgan (Stevens) rounded out the team, providing tough defense whenever they were in and working hard on offense.”

Mulholland’s 11 points led the way, while Leavell kicked in six and Bailey popped for five. Wells (4), Contreras (2), Hoskins (2), and Van Velkinburgh (1) also scored.

The stat sheet was topped by Wells (11 rebounds), Leavell (seven steals), Contreras (three assists) and the slap-happy duo of Bailey and Hoskins, who collected a blocked shot apiece.

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Avalon Renninger had four points and six rebounds Saturday as the Coupeville varsity girls absorbed a tough road loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Legendary basketball coach George Raveling once said, “Life is about turning obstacles into opportunities.”

It’s a lesson the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team will need to embrace.

The Wolves looked like they were headed for their second-straight win Saturday, but took an unexpected left turn off a cliff with no parachute, watching in horror as their victory slipped away.

Able to score only seven points across the game’s final 16 minutes, Coupeville surrendered an eight-point advantage, tumbling to an unexpected 31-27 loss at Orcas Island.

The non-conference defeat drops the Wolves to 1-4 on the season.

With four days until their North Sound Conference opener at South Whidbey, it also presents them with a major gut-check moment.

“Now it’s up to us to turn things around,” said CHS coach David King. “Tonight’s game was an unexpected obstacle. This coming week will determine if we can turn it into opportunities.”

Despite a long day of bus and ferry travel to get to a far-flung outpost, Coupeville came out strongly, using its defensive press to disrupt the Orcas attack.

While they struggled a bit with turnovers, the Wolves did get going on offense in the second quarter, taking a 5-5 stalemate after one quarter and turning it into a 20-12 lead at the half.

Sophomore Chelsea Prescott and senior Ema Smith were a two-woman wrecking crew in the opening half, combining for 11 of their team’s points, with all of them coming in the second frame.

Prescott got hers the old-fashioned way, hitting three field goals, while Ema Smith stroked a three-ball and slipped a pair of free throws through the twines.

Toss in a pair of buckets from Avalon Renninger, a long trey off the fingertips of Scout Smith and a field goal from Lindsey Roberts, and CHS was beginning to click on the offensive end of the floor.

One of Renninger’s scores was especially highlight reel worthy.

A long pass intended for Roberts flew over her head as she charged down the sideline in pursuit.

Instead of giving up, the senior captain hit another gear only she has, saving the ball at the last millisecond (while crashing into the Orcas ticket-taker) and re-directing it towards her teammate.

Sprinting up the middle of the floor, Renninger, a professional ball-hawk, snatched the loose orb, pivoted and promptly banged home the bucket to complete an “all-out hustle play.”

Unfortunately for the Wolves, things dried up severely after that.

“Coming out for the third, everything went sideways,” King said. “We couldn’t take care of the ball, and, when we did, our offense slowed down to a snail’s pace.”

Coupeville went nearly five minutes into the second half without scoring, finally breaking through on a free throw from Prescott and a breakaway layup by Tia Wurzrainer.

And yet, despite tallying just three points in the third, the Wolves were holding on to the lead heading into the fourth.

But, up by four, they continued to stall on offense and didn’t help themselves at the free throw line, missing all five of their attempts in the final quarter.

“Orcas had taken the momentum from us; they kept fighting and got into the bonus and in the fourth they shot eight free throws and made four,” King said. “They also beat our press a couple of times with a full court dribble-drive that resulted in layups or getting to the free throw line.

“We played very well for about a quarter and a half,” he added. “The game is four quarters, and we just didn’t get it done and Orcas did.”

The way they lost, even more than the L itself, is what haunts the man at the helm.

“As a coach, this was a tough loss,” King said. “We can’t take possessions off — not keeping the ball moving — on offense. We turn the ball over 21 times, it’s going to show up in our ability to score.”

But there are still 13 regular season games left, including all 10 league contests, and Coupeville’s coach is confident his team can find its sweet spot.

“I was pleased with the press and the many deflections and our 16 steals,” King said. “Just need to convert those.

“We will see if we can correct some things,” he added. “We have to learn when we have a lead, we can’t let up.”

Prescott paced the Wolves with nine points, three rebounds and two steals, while Ema Smith (5), Renninger (4), Roberts (4), Scout Smith (3) and Wurzrainer (2) also scored.

Hannah Davidson and Renninger each snatched six rebounds, Ema Smith topped the stat sheet with five steals and Scout Smith doled out two assists.

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Grady Rickner helped lead Coupeville’s JV to a win Saturday at Orcas. The Wolf varsity wasn’t as lucky. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some good, some bad, and, hopefully, something to build on.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball squads endured an all-day trek Saturday while traveling to and from Orcas Island, finally making it back home with a split decision.

The Wolf JV romped to a win to push its win/loss record up over the .500 mark, while the CHS varsity almost stormed all the way back to grab its first win, only to run out of time.



After struggling to get much of an offensive show going in the first three quarters, the Wolves rang up a 22-7 run over the game’s final eight minutes.

With freshman Hawthorne Wolfe scorching the nets for 12 of his game-high 18 in the fourth quarter, Coupeville cut deeply into its deficit, before falling 48-40.

The non-league loss drops CHS to 0-5, with the North Sound Conference opener Tuesday at home against Sultan.

Saturday, the Wolves struggled from the field in the first half, falling behind 26-8 at the break. A 10-4 first quarter stung a bit, but a 16-4 second frame was fatal.

Orcas, which shot 22 more free throws than the visitors (but missed a ton of them) stretched the lead out to 23 points heading into the fourth.

That was where things finally seemed to click for the Wolves, as they hit five of their eight three-balls in the final stretch.

Wolfe rattled home three (he had five in the game), while Mason Grove netted both of his treys as the game wound down.

As mentioned before, Orcas enjoyed a huge disparity at the free throw line, but couldn’t do much once they got there, hitting just 9-28 from the stripe. Coupeville was 4-6.

Still, all the fouls hurt the Wolves, as two players fouled out and another two came within a single call of joining them permanently on the sideline.

Wolfe’s 18 points are his season (and high school career) high, while Gavin Knoblich and Grove added six apiece. Knoblich’s output doubled his scoring for the year.

Jered Brown added five, including a three-ball, while Ulrik Wells worked down low for three and Sean Toomey-Stout slipped a pair of free throws through the net to round out the attack.

Dane Lucero, Jacobi Pilgrim and Jean Lund-Olsen rounded out the active roster.



Coupeville’s second unit came out hot and never cooled off, rolling to a 39-23 win in which it outscored Orcas in every quarter.

The win lifts the young guns to 3-2 on the season.

Not only are they the only Wolf hoops squad with a winning record, they actually have more victories (3-2) than the other four CHS basketball teams combined.

With coach Chris Smith guiding things from the bench, Coupeville powered out to a 14-9 lead after one quarter.

Grady Rickner led the way in the early going, dropping three buckets in the opening frame, while Logan Martin and Daniel Olson chipped in with two baskets apiece.

A unit known for letting it fly from three-point land, the Wolves settled for just a single trey, from sophomore TJ Rickner, instead draining buckets every other way.

A five-point lead after one quarter became a six-point bulge at the half, then a 10-point margin after three, before finishing as a 16-point win, as Coupeville kept the pressure up.

Martin paced the Wolves with a game-high 10, while the Rickner brothers combined for 17, with Grady netting nine and TJ smacking home eight.

Olson (6), Tucker Hall (4) and Sage Downes (2) rounded out the scoring, with Miles Davidson, Chris Ruck and Cody Roberts also seeing floor time.

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Carolyn Lhamon had seven points and seven rebounds Saturday as Coupeville’s SWISH hoops squad rolled to a big win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Right back at it.

Bouncing back strongly from its first loss of the season, the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team got back on the winning side of things Saturday, drilling Orcas Island 34-9.

The win lifts the Wolves to 5-1 heading into the final weekend of regular-season play.

Coupeville plays a doubleheader Dec. 8, facing Victorious Hoops and Arlington, then wades into the fray of the league tourney Dec. 15.

Saturday’s game was all about domination, as the Wolves sprinted out to a 12-0 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

By the time it was done, Coupeville had gotten points from seven of its 10 players and outscored Orcas in all four quarters of play.

Carolyn Lhamon paced the Wolves with seven points, while Maddie Georges and Alita Blouin tickled the twine for six apiece.

Brionna Blouin and Savina Wells each added five, with Blouin netting a long three-ball, while Gwen Gustafson knocked down three and Nezi Keiper popped for two.

Coupeville controlled the glass all game, with Wells, a 6th grader playing two grades up, yanking down a game-high 15 rebounds.

Lhamon (7) and Keiper (6) provided support on the boards, while Ryanne Knoblich, Lauren Marrs and Gustafson all pulled down two rebounds apiece.

Hayley Fiedler, a scrapper on defense, rounded out the Wolf squad.

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   Kyla Briscoe and the Coupeville girls played five teams this season which made it to the state tourney. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Do you want a team you played to win a state title, or at least do well in the season-ending tourney?

Or would you rather cheer as they flame out and crash hard on the biggest stage?

Coupeville High School basketball players get to make that choice starting this weekend, as seven Wolf foes from the past season take the court for the regional round of the state tourney.

Bellevue Christian and Orcas Island are sending both their girls and boys squads to the round of 16, while the Port Townsend, Meridian and Mount Vernon Christian girls teams punched their tickets as well.

Of those seven state-bound teams, the MVC girls (20-6) boast the best record, while the PT girls (10-11), the Olympic League champs, are the biggest shock.

The RedHawks are a modest #46 in RPI (out of 66 1A schools), but shocked Cascade Christian in overtime to earn a trip to state, their first since 2004.

The biggest bracket-buster on the boys side in 1A is #27 King’s, which surged late in the season, knocked off Cascade Conference champ South Whidbey twice in a row, and eliminated the Falcons.

For those interested, here’s what the regional match-ups look like for the seven Wolf foes.

The numbers for each team are their seed in the 16-team field, with #1-#8 already in double-elimination mode while #9-#16 face loser-out status in that first regional game.

And, no, that’s not a misprint below. It really does appear both Orcas teams will face the same school, Life Christian Academy.



#8 Meridian (20-7) vs. #1 Lynden Christian (24-0)
#13 Bellevue Christian (14-9) vs. #12 Cle Elum (17-6)
#16 Port Townsend (10-11) vs. #9 Nooksack Valley (18-7)


#16 Orcas Island (10-8) vs. #9 Life Christian Academy (16-5)


#5 Mount Vernon Christian (20-6) vs. #4 Sunnyside Christian (21-2)



#5 Bellevue Christian (18-5) vs. #4 Royal (20-4)


#16 Orcas Island (10-8) vs. #9 Life Christian Academy (21-4)

And the brackets:

1A girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2530&sport=12

2B girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2533&sport=12

1B girls: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2532&sport=12

1A boys: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2501&sport=3

2B boys: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2515&sport=3

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