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Logan Downes rained down 40 points Friday night. (Andrew Williams photo)

Everything but the victory.

Playing for the first time since it won the Cascade Holiday Classic in Leavenworth Dec. 28, the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball squad put up a spirited fight Friday night.

But Orcas Island wouldn’t miss a dang shot.

Or so it seemed, as the visiting Vikings dropped daggers when it mattered most, holding off the Wolves, who rallied from 10 points down before falling 67-64 in their conference opener.

The loss drops Coupeville to 5-5 overall, 0-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, while Orcas sits atop the NWL with a shiny 2-0 mark.

The game was a beautiful brawl, featuring 19 three-balls, numerous hustle plays from Coupeville’s wrecking crew, and, oh yes, a 40-point performance from Wolf gunner Logan Downes.

Knocking down a Damian Lillard-worthy trey right before the final buzzer to get to the milestone, the CHS junior scored the most points I’ve seen a high school player score in one game in a writing “career” which began back in 1990.

It was just eight points off Coupeville’s single-game record of 48, set by Jeff Stone way back in 1970, and gives Downes 244 points through the first 10 games of the season.

He’s scored 21 or more eight times this year, with 33 against Forks and 30 against Kittitas before Friday’s 40-piece.

That leaves Downes not that far off Stone’s 10-game pace (276) when he scored a Whidbey Island single-season record 644 points during the 1969-1970 season.

But while Downes will get a lot of the buzz, his teammates came up huge in their own ways.

It started with big man William Davidson, who crashed to the floor twice in the first quarter to corral loose balls, keeping plays alive when turnovers seemed imminent.

Toss in Dominic Coffman and Nick Guay drawing crucial charging fouls, Zane Oldenstadt anchoring Coupeville’s efforts on the glass, and Alex Murdy shredding the psyche of the Viking ballhandlers, and Brad Sherman’s squad attacked with fury.

With a special shout-out to the Dominator, for the play in which he ripped a ball loose, found himself airborne and dangerously close to the endline, so promptly drilled the ball off a rival’s crotch.

It was vintage Coffman, a brutally efficient way to create a turnover on Orcas, and a play which warmed the hearts of ’80s NBA fans everywhere.

Dominic Coffman crashes through the paint. (Bailey Thule photo)

In between the crotch shots and floor burns, the teams combined to put on a precision-shooting exhibition.

Eight of the 19 three-balls dropped in the first quarter, with both squads claiming four treys apiece.

Murdy sank the last two, while Cole White and Downes both made the net pop as well, but Orcas clung to an 18-14 lead at the first break.

The Vikings, playing fast, loose, and aggressive, stretched their lead out to 10 points midway through the second quarter, though late three-balls from Ryan Blouin and Downes kept Coupeville in the game.

Trailing 34-26 at the half, the Wolves chipped away at the lead by largely going away from the long-range shot in the third quarter.

Murdy did pop one trey, but Downes had the hot hand, throwing down 11 points on a variety of slashing runs at the hoop as CHS came all the way back.

The Wolves knotted things up at 40-40 with seconds to play in the third, only to see Orcas get a steal and breakaway bucket to reclaim the lead right before the buzzer.

That was merely the setup for a wild and woolly final frame, with the teams combining for 49 points across the final eight minutes.

Coupeville tied the game at 44-44 on back-to-back buckets from White — off a feed from Davidson — and Downes, but the Vikings were relentless.

Nailing the final three of its nine three-balls, Orcas roared back in front at 56-47 with a minute to play, taking a lot of the air out of the Wolf fans.

Though, if you gave up then, you were being fairly short-sighted, as Coupeville had one big, frantic, final rally to stage.

It started with a three-ball from Downes, came to life with a trey off the fingertips of Murdy, and continued through an endless series of free throws.

Time and again the Wolves crashed hard to the hoop, drew fouls to stop the clock, and scraped away at the deficit with charity shots.

But the clock truly stops for no man, and Orcas had an annoying habit of refusing to fully break.

The Vikings hit their own free throws, for the most part, and a late breakaway layup sealed the win right before Downes sent the fans home with Coupeville’s 10th, and final, three-ball.

The Wolf marksman scored 28 of his 40 points in the second-half Friday and jumps to #55 on the all-time CHS boys career scoring chart, which dates back to 1917.

Downes passes Tony Ford (432), Del O’Shell (440), and Frank Marti (462) and sits with 468 points with home games against Mount Vernon Christian (Jan. 10) and Darrington (Jan. 13) next up.

Murdy bounced the rims for 14 points in support and made some family history.

With 310 career points, Alex passes Uncle Allen Black (305), while still pursuing big brother Xavier Murdy (482).

White and Blouin rounded out Friday’s offensive attack, netting seven and three points respectively, while Nick Guay, Coffman, Davidson, Chase Anderson, and Oldenstadt all saw floor time for the Wolves.

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Alita Blouin knocked down a team-high 13 points Friday. (Andrew Williams photo)

Rumble with who you have.

Missing two key starters Friday night, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball squad pushed visiting Orcas Island to the final moments before falling just short.

While the final score was 37-30 in favor of the Vikings, it was a one-possession game before the visitors closed out the game by netting four free throws in the final seconds.

The loss, coming in the conference opener for Coupeville, drops the Wolves to 4-4 overall, 0-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

CHS coach Megan Richter had a short bench Friday, with injured starters Maddie Georges and Carolyn Lhamon both in street clothes.

Their active teammates more than picked up the slack, however, attacking Orcas on both ends of the floor.

A three-ball from team scoring leader Alita Blouin got the Wolves on the board, before Lyla Stuurmans dropped a pair of haymakers right before the end of the quarter to knot things up at 7-7.

The ever-springy sophomore made off with back-to-back steals at midcourt, snatching the ball up and bolting to the other end, where she slapped home running layups.

Orcas, which had its own issues with a short bench, responded however, using an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter to claim the lead, before Blouin knocked down a pair of three-balls to keep things close.

Trailing 19-15 at the half, Coupeville pulled ahead in the third quarter, but just for a moment.

Wolf sparkplugĀ Katie Marti, muscling her way in between a pair of Vikings, yanked down an offensive rebound and put the ball back up and in to get things started.

Then it was time for Stuurmans to start raining down haymakers again.

She banked a runner off the glass, before making off with yet another steal, this time turning it into a three-point play the hard way after being hammered while getting her shot off.

Draining the free throw, Stuurmans staked Coupeville to a 22-21 lead, only to see Orcas nail a pullup jumper to surge back ahead as the third quarter faded into memory.

The final eight-minute segment was a tense, back-and-forth affair, with Marti and Blouin knocking down hook shots under duress to keep the Wolves close.

Blouin’s bucket sliced the Orcas lead to just 29-28 with about two-and-a-half minutes to play, but would be the final Coupeville field goal of the night.

The Vikings got a huge put-back off of a missed free throw and a beautiful bank shot which barely cleared a defender’s outstretched fingertips to get the lead out to five points, and time ran away from the Wolves.

Ryanne Knoblich netted a pair of free throws at the 1:48 mark to pull Coupeville within 33-30, but the game’s final four points all came courtesy Orcas charity shots.

The Wolves were paced by Blouin, who splashed home a trio of three-balls on her way to 13 points, while Stuurmans (9), Marti (4), Gwen Gustafson (2), and Knoblich (2) also scored.

Mia Farris and Madison McMillan both saw floor time, as well, with McMillan making her varsity debut and immediately going high to snatch a rebound out of the hands of a Viking player.

The Wolves have a busy week ahead, with home games against Mount Vernon Christian (Jan. 10) and Darrington (Jan. 13), plus a road trip to Neah Bay (Jan. 14).

Mia Farris, bringing the heat on both ends of the floor. (Andrew Williams photo)

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Chase Anderson rumbles to the hoop. (Morgan White photo)

They were making shots all night.

Controlling every aspect of the game Friday, the Coupeville High School JV boys’ basketball team drilled visiting Orcas Island.

Sparked by eight different players getting into the scoring column, the Wolves ran the Vikings off the floor, romping to a 53-23 win in the league opener for CHS.

With the victory, Hunter Smith’s squad gets to 3-3 overall, 1-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

No matter where they shot the ball from Friday, Coupeville’s gunners made the nets pop.

The Wolves held a 16-8 advantage in made free-throws, while hitting a trio of three-balls against an Orcas team which never came close to netting a trey.

Two of those long-range specials came courtesy Malachi Somes, while Chase Anderson splashed home the other one.

Coupeville jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead by the first break, with Jack Porter knocking down seven of his game-high 13 points in the frame.

From there, the Wolves steadily stretched the lead out, pushing their advantage to 27-13 at the half and 38-23 by the end of the third.

The fourth quarter was nothing but bad times for the visitors, as Orcas failed to score across the game’s final eight minutes.

Anderson, Camden Glover, and Landon Roberts all popped for seven points apiece, backing up Jack Porter’s 13, while Hunter Bronec (6), Somes (6), Johnny Porter (4), and Aiden O’Neill (3) rounded out the scoring.

Yohannon Sandles, Carson Field, and Hurlee Bronec also saw floor time for the Wolves, who get back at it next Tuesday, Jan. 10 with a home game against Mount Vernon Christian.

Aiden O’Neill eyeballs a bright future. (Photo courtesy CHS yearbook staff)

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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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William Davidson takes possession of the paint. (Morgan White photo)

Carolyn Lhamon lines up a free throw. (Andrew Williams photo)

The race has begun.

Winter weather wiped out nine of 18 games this week, but Northwest 2B/1B League schools did manage to start conference play.

With no contests scheduled for Friday or Saturday — and Coupeville had a completely open calendar planned even before the white stuff hit the ground — we’re jumping slightly ahead to publish this latest update.

Once everyone gets through Christmas, the Wolves travel to Eastern Washington next week, with both the boys and girls set to play games Tuesday and Wednesday at holiday tournaments.

The start of the new year really gets league play rolling, but until then, a look at where NWL teams sit as of Dec. 23:


Northwest League boys basketball:

School League Overall
MV Christian 1-0 6-3
Orcas Island 1-0 6-2
Coupeville 0-0 3-4
Darrington 0-0 2-4
Friday Harbor 0-0 0-4
La Conner 0-0 3-5
Concrete 0-2 0-8


Northwest League girls basketball:

School League Overall
MV Christian 1-0 8-1
Orcas Island 1-0 1-4
Coupeville 0-0 3-3
Darrington 0-0 4-2
Friday Harbor 0-0 1-2
La Conner 0-0 7-2
Concrete 0-2 1-7

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