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Coupeville’s Savina Wells (middle), Jada Heaton (right) and Taylor Brotemarkle (headband) clamp down on defense. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans has been a steady point guard for the Wolves.

Lauren Marrs is a deadly outside shooter.

Mia Farris gave Coupeville “a spark on defense” Saturday.

One basket away from a major upset.

Playing their “best game of the year,” the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad rallied late Saturday, but fell just shy of toppling powerhouse Mount Baker in a 26-25 thriller.

Returning to action after their bye week, the Wolves stormed back from seven down with 3:30 to play, but needed a tick or two more on the clock to make the miracle fully happen.

“With another possession or two, I would have loved our chances, as I felt the momentum was on our side,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Everyone got involved and our team passing was much improved.

“Real proud of all the girls, who impressed me with their teamwork, energy, and effort!”

CMS 7th grader Savina Wells paced the Wolves with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, while Lauren Marrs knocked down seven points.

Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Brionna Blouin chipped in with a bucket apiece, with Marti’s basket, her first of the season, coming off of “a great offensive rebound and put back.”

After falling behind early, the Wolves played strongly in the second half, with everyone on the 12-player roster chipping in with a contribution.

Coupeville got the looks it wanted, but the basket didn’t always play fair.

“We got up a lot of good open shots that just didn’t fall,” Fred Farris said. “Savina was a force on the boards again and Lyla (Stuurmans) really did a great job against their pressure.

Lauren really stepped up in a leadership role and helped rally the girls to a frantic late game comeback,” he added. “Mia (Farris) and Taylor (Brotemarkle) really gave us a spark on defense in their limited time on the court.”

Stuurmans snared seven rebounds, with McMillan and Brotemarkle making off with four apiece.

Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, Chloe Marzocca, and Reese Wilkinson rounded out the Wolf roster.

Coupeville returns to Skagit County the next two Saturdays as the SWISH season wraps up.

The Wolves close the regular season Dec. 7 with a doubleheader against Friday Harbor and Mount Baker, then compete in the postseason tourney the following weekend.

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Wolf hoop stars (l to r) Madison McMillan, Katie Marti, and Jada Heaton are ready to rumble. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

Savina Wells (5) calls for the ball during a recent game, while Brionna Blouin backs her up. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans doesn’t crack under pressure.

Call it the big bounce-back.

Two weeks after falling to the Mount Bakery Mariners by 17 points, the Coupeville 7th grade SWISH girls basketball team got some thrilling revenge.

Storming from behind to force overtime Saturday, the Wolves won 22-20 on a pressure-packed bucket in extra time from Savina Wells.

The win lifts Coupeville to 1-4 on the season headed into their bye week.

The Wolves have three league games remaining on the schedule — a single clash Nov. 30, followed by a doubleheader Dec. 7.

Coupeville, which is playing in the silver division in a league run by Skagit County Parks and Recreation, competes Dec. 14 in the seven-team postseason tourney.

Saturday’s thriller was a back-and-forth affair, with the Wolves taking an 11-7 lead to the halftime break, before the Mariners rallied.

Mt. Bakery pulled ahead 14-11 thanks to a hot streak, but Coupeville battled back, with every girl on the floor bringing their best.

“It was fun to watch,” said Wolf coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed and brought energy on every possession.

“These ladies are growing so much everyday.”

Wanting to keep Lauren Marrs free to shoot, while giving Savina Wells a chance to dominate in the post, Fred Farris handed the ball to Lyla Stuurmans, and let the scrappy guard dictate play.

Lyla is a born leader!,” Fred Farris said. “She was so strong handling the ball for us against their full-court pressure.”

She wasn’t the only Wolf to step up, either.

Savina played amazing, making some great passes to teammates after breaking down the defense,” Fred Farris said. “Madison (McMillan) was a force on the boards, and Mia (Farris) was a spark plug off the bench on defense.

Chloe (Marzocca) made a very big bucket near the end of the first half,” he added. “It was great to have Lauren back; we needed every one of her points.”

Wells paced the Wolves with a team-high 10 points, including her winner in overtime, while also putting together “another 2,000-rebound game.”

Marrs chipped in with seven points, while McMillan (3), and Marzocca (2) tickled the twine.

Coupeville’s hard-charging roster also includes Taylor Brotemarkle, Katie Marti, Jada Heaton, Brionna Blouin, Reese Wilkinson, and Skylar Parker.

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Reese Wilkinson (with ball) and Brionna Blouin are part of the new Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells can fill up a stat sheet.

The middle school hoops star threw down 22 points and snatched 24 rebounds across two games Saturday, as the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad played its first regular season games.

While the young Wolves — seven players, including Wells, are 7th graders — fell just short in both contests, they showed great promise.

“The games were very competitive, and all 11 girls got significant playing time,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Savina played her tail off in both games and really kept us in it.”

The Wolves stayed close, before falling 34-21 to Lynden United and 30-17 to the Mt. “Bakery” Mariners.

In the opener, Coupeville opened up a 12-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on against a withering full-court press and Lynden’s six-foot girl in the middle, who scored mainly off of offensive rebounds.

The Wolves were still within five points with two minutes to play, but a late 8-0 run by Lynden stretched the final margin out.

In the nightcap, the other team’s veterans ran Coupeville’s first-timers a bit ragged, but Farris was pleased with how his newcomers responded.

“Mt. Bakery just really outworked us,” he said. “But we got some real strong efforts from Taylor (Brotemarkle), Katie (Marti), Mia (Farris), and Jada (Heaton), who all had significant floor time for the first time in their “new sport.”

“Very proud of the fight these ladies showed today!,” Fred Farris added. “We learned a lot and have lots to work on this week.”

Lauren Marrs tossed in 13 points across the two games, including hitting a three-ball against Lynden, while Lyla Stuurmans netted Coupeville’s other three points on the weekend.

Wells had four steals and a blocked shot, Mia Farris dealt out two assists and eight Wolves had at least two rebounds.

Marrs (6), Brionna Blouin (5), Madison McMillan (3), Brotemarkle (2), Mia Farris (2), Skylar Parker (2), and Stuurmans (2), all chipped in to support Wells in cleaning the glass.

Coupeville gets right back at it next weekend, when it travels to Mount Vernon to play another double-header.

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Coupeville’s 7/8 SWISH girls basketball team hits the floor for the first time. (Photos courtesy Fred Farris)

Avery Parker, the undisputed champ of the local art scene, shows support for big sis Skylar.

The gym is open for business.

Coupeville’s 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad hit the floor for the first time this weekend, playing a seeding game against “a tenacious and seasoned Nooksack team.”

The Wolves, who boast an 11-player roster, forced the game to overtime before falling 17-14.

Lauren Marrs and Brionna Blouin paced Coupeville with six points apiece, both hitting a pair of three-balls, while Savina Wells dropped in a bucket to round out the scoring.

With the start of the regular season coming next Saturday, Nov. 2, the seeding game was a good way for Wolf coach Fred Farris to see the hand he’s been dealt.

A noted hoops star back in his own day, the Coupeville round-ball sage likes the promise his young players are already showing.

Middle school volleyball and club soccer have been vying for his girls time, but, once together on the hardwood, they immediately begin clicking.

“The girls made up for expected lack of execution with effort and heart!,” Farris said.

Savina, Lauren, and Lyla (Stuurman’s) previous experience with SWISH was very obvious on the court,” he added. “They really took charge on the floor.”

Farris has a young roster, with seven of 11 players being 7th graders, and several of his young stars being newbies to the increased pace and pressure.

“This was many of the girls first experience with high level competitive basketball,” he said. “They went from not sure about wanting to go in the game to being excited about our next game and getting more floor time.

Savina was very strong on the defensive end and the boards,” Farris added. “Lauren was a force on both ends.

Lyla was an absolute beast on defense and the boards. Skylar (Parker) rounded out our starters and was sure on both ends.

Coupeville’s roster also includes Reese Wilkinson, Madison McMillan, Katie Marti, Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, and Taylor Brotemarkle.

Whether seasoned pros or relative newcomers, they all showed considerable promise.

“Everyone contributed and gave everything they had,” Fred Farris said. “It will be so exciting to see this group grow together on the court!”

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CMS spiker Katie Marti, seen in an earlier match, had a strong service game going Monday in Sultan. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolves (l to r) Mia Farris, Grey Peabody, and Savina Wells team up on a play.

There was a little something for everyone.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball team piled into the bus Monday and headed off to the far reaches of Sultan, where it picked up a big win, a close loss, and a less close loss.

How things played out:


Level 1:

The closest match of the day, as Sultan came back to win a thriller 23-25, 25-13, 15-9.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top team to 0-4 on the season.

Savina Wells paced the Wolves, winning nine points on her serve, while Olivia Schaffeld, Katie Marti, and Mia Farris brought home success for their team on eight of their offerings.

Marti was especially big in the final set, picking up five of Coupeville’s nine points while working behind the service stripe.

Also putting up strong serves for CMS were Taylor Brotemarkle (six points), Chloe Marzocca (4), Lyla Stuurmans (3), and Grey Peabody (2).


Level 2:

Coupeville’s biggest romp, as the Wolves rolled to a 25-3, 25-13, 15-8 win.

Now 3-1 on the season, the middle CMS squad was led by the play of Brionna Blouin, Madison McMillan, and Issabel Johnson.

Mixing sizzlin’ serves with strong “three hits and over” play, the Wolves dominated from start to finish.


Level 3:

The toughest match of the afternoon, as CMS fell 25-5, 25-2, 15-8.

With the loss, the Wolves fall to 1-3 on the season, headed into a home match Wednesday against Lakewood.

Oktober Frost picked up three points on serve for Coupeville, while Jones Walther, Maryah Love, Jackie Contreras, Bryley Gilbert, and Kaylee Clark collected two points apiece.

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