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Scout Smith will enter her senior season as the #1 active scorer among CHS girls basketball players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s madness in the numbers.

Trying to track individual scoring totals through 147 seasons of Coupeville High School basketball – 102 for the boys, 45 for the girls – is a good way to fry your brain.

And yet, I persist, because basketball is my favorite sport, because points are the most concrete stat we have, and because I refuse to give up.

When I look at the master scoring chart I have compiled, I feel good about the girls side and semi-good about the boys.

Other than the inaugural 1974-1975 season, which the Whidbey News-Times all but ignored, I have 99.2% complete scoring totals for every other girls campaign.

I’m missing a game or three from the mid-2000’s, but, other than that, I’ve accounted for 34,452 points scored by 224 Wolf girls.

Over on the boys side, things are a bit more difficult.

I’m golden from the 1954-1955 season to today, but pre-’54 is a scattershot mess of missing score-books, inadequate newspaper articles and players and teams lost to the mists of times.

What I do have, and it’s more than anyone else out there, is a scoring chart reflecting 391 Wolf boys combining to rattle the rim for 73,296 points.

So, a start.

As the 2018-2019 seasons unfolded, I updated my master list after every game.

Now, I could have waited until the end of the season, but it was more fun to do it in the moment, watching current players move up, sometimes a single slot, sometimes leapfrogging a pack of five or six former Wolves in a single burst.

By the time we wrapped, the departing seniors had cemented their place in history, at least until someone else comes flying past them.

Lindsey Roberts made the deepest run, tossing in 448 points in four varsity seasons, finishing in a tie with Vanessa Davis at #18 on the all-time girls chart.

Then, there was Ema Smith (228 points in two seasons, #48 all-time), Dane Lucero (20 points in two seasons, #300 all-time), and Nicole Laxton (15 points in one season, #170 all-time).

Looking forward, 20 of 24 varsity players from this past season can return, 11 boys and nine girls.

So where do they sit on the all-time scoring chart? Glad you asked.

 

Girls:

Scout Smith – (142 points) – (56 as a sophomore, 86 as a junior) – (#78 all-time)

Chelsea Prescott – (139 points) – (38 as a freshman, 101 as a sophomore) – (#81)

Avalon Renninger – (59 points) – (3 as a sophomore, 56 as a junior) – (#118)

Hannah Davidson – (42 points) – (11 as a sophomore, 31 as a junior) – (#136)

Tia Wurzrainer – (18 points) – (18 as a junior) – (#165)

Izzy Wells – (11 points) – (11 as a freshman) – (#178)

Mollie Bailey – (8 points) – (8 as a sophomore) – (#184)

Ja’Kenya Hoskins – (5 points) – (5 as a freshman) – (#203)

Anya Leavell – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#205)

 

Boys:

Mason Grove – (160 points) – (51 as a sophomore, 109 as a junior) – (#153 all-time)

Hawthorne Wolfe – (158 points) – (158 as a freshman) – (#154)

Sean Toomey-Stout – (122 points) – (122 as a junior) – (#170)

Jered Brown – (100 points) – (5 as a freshman, 24 as a sophomore, 71 as a junior) – (#183)

Ulrik Wells – (78 points) – (4 as a sophomore, 74 as a junior) – (#200)

Gavin Knoblich – (70 points) – (5 as a sophomore, 65 as a junior) – (#212)

Jacobi Pilgrim – (44 points) – (1 as a sophomore, 43 as a junior) – (#253)

Koa Davison – (11 points) – (11 as a junior) – (#330)

Jean Lund-Olsen – (7 points) – (7 as a junior) – (#353)

Xavier Murdy – (4 points) – (4 as a freshman) – (#368)

Daniel Olson – (3 points) – (3 as a sophomore) – (#374)

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Scout Smith slashes up-court Tuesday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nicole Laxton (with flowers) was one of three senior hoops stars honored before Coupeville’s game against King’s.

A pack of Wolf JV girls prepares to attack. L to r, it’s Lily Leedy, Ivy Leedy, Abby Mulholland and Audrianna Shaw.

The shirt game is strong for Lindsey Roberts’ family.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins: “No, it’s my rebound and you can’t have it!”

Ema Smith shares Senior Night with her parents and big sis Ciara.

Coupeville swarms the ball-handler, causing her great distress.

The three amigos marinate in the moment.

It’s not THE end, but it is an end.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team has a minimum of three games left in the 2018-2019 schedule, a regular season finale Friday at Granite Falls, then at least two playoff games.

But every postseason rumble is slated to be in a road gym, so Tuesday night’s bout against visiting King’s marked the final game played on the CHS floor for the Wolf seniors.

Four years ago, when the 2015-2016 basketball season kicked off, there were seven freshmen playing.

Jump forward to Jan. 2019, and Nicole Laxton, Ema Smith, and Lindsey Roberts remain from that group, having put in a complete four-year run.

As they exited Tuesday, they thanked their families, their support crew and coaches David and Amy King.

“Thank you for having so much patience with us over the years,” Smith said in her farewell speech. “Everyone knows we are a lot to handle.”

For Laxton, every moment she spent on the floor, whether it be practices or games, was special.

“These last four years of basketball have been amazing,” she wrote. “I loved every second of every season.”

Roberts, the rare player to have been on the varsity from day one, gave thanks to everyone who played a role in her growth as a player, and young woman.

To cap things, she paid tribute to her many teammates.

“You guys are some of the funniest, weirdest, but nonetheless best teammates I could ever ask for,” Roberts wrote. “Whether you guys know it or not, you all have inspired me to be a better player and teammate on and off the court.

“You guys have no limit and I believe in you all so much!”

 

To see more Senior Night and action photos from Tuesday, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2018-2019-boys-and-girls/GBB-2019-01-29-vs-Kings/

And remember, when you purchase glossies from John Fisken, a percentage of the money comes back around, used when he gives out two scholarships each year to CHS seniors.

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Coupeville’s Emma Smith (left) and Ashley Menges celebrate a club volleyball tourney title. (Konni Smith photo)

Whidbey Volleyball Club U18 players call for their teammates to “pour it on.” (Charlotte Young photo)

Maya Toomey-Stout (3), Hannah Davidson (4), Emma Smith (13), Menges (14), Zoe Trujillo (7) and Scout Smith (2) claim Cow Town as home. (Konni Smith photo)

Not even the food police can slow them down.

Despite being assessed a 13-point(!) penalty for a player eating an apple in the Evergreen State College gym Saturday, the Whidbey Volleyball Club U18 squad rolled to three wins in as many matches to claim 1st at a tournament.

The club team, which numbers six Coupeville players on its roster – Ashley Menges, Scout Smith, Hannah Davidson, Maya Toomey-Stout, Emma Smith, and Zoe Trujillo – came out hot and never relented.

Whidbey swept the Siva 18 Whites, overcame the penalty to edge the Northshore Juniors in three sets, then whomped on Ignite 18 to claim first in their bracket at the 60-team spiker shindig in Olympia.

“We had a few dips, but overall, played very well,” said Emma Smith. “We came out and took the first match of the morning, which very rarely happens.”

“They did awesome all around!,” said mom Konni Smith. “Hannah was rocking the net, serves were great; great team work, very impressed with all the girls!”

After making the gold bracket at their last tourney, Whidbey U18 is on a roll in the early going of the club season, which, depending on how it plays, could stretch as far as May.

As the season progresses, players and coaches will have to adapt to sometimes strange rules at the many schools they visit.

While some gyms have a stern no-food policy, none of the Wolf players or parents have witnessed such a harsh penalty be inflicted during the many years they have been involved in the sport.

Especially since we’re talking about a freakin’ piece of fruit on the sidelines, and not a meatball sub being devoured at center court.

For his part, the dad of the apple muncher is laying down the law.

“Well, my daughter is a bad apple; she will be disciplined when she gets home,” he said with a big smile. “I’m going to make her eat apple pie with no ice cream!”

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Mollie Bailey netted her first varsity three-pointer Saturday as Coupeville played at Nooksack Valley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sometimes final scores are deceptive.

After fighting tooth and nail with a very-good Nooksack Valley squad Saturday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team hit the skids late, watching a close game turn into what might seem like a rout based on just a quick glance at the score-book.

While the Wolves fell 64-41, snapping a three-game win streak, the non-conference bout was indeed that, a bout, for much of the way.

Coupeville, which has found another level to its offensive attack after a 0-3 start to the season, enters winter break at 4-5.

The Wolves, who are 2-0 in league play, don’t return to the court for a game until Jan. 4, when they travel to Shoreline to face King’s for sole possession of first-place in the North Sound Conference.

The 12-day break offers Coupeville’s players a chance to rest up from any dings and prepare for what’s ahead — eight-straight league games to wrap the regular season.

“One thing that holds true with this team, we never quit and keep fighting until the end,” said CHS coach David King. “We have time to work on some things during this break.

“Coming out of the break we need to look to play a complete game by taking care of the ball and getting back to owning the boards.”

Facing a battle-hardened Nooksack squad which “does a good job of ball rotation and getting the ball inside,” Coupeville struggled out of the gate.

Despite five first-quarter points from senior Ema Smith, the Wolves, repeatedly beaten on the boards, trailed 17-8 at the first break.

Things settled down quite a bit after that, however.

“In the second quarter, we started to tighten things up on the defensive end,” King said. “We held our own and kept the game within striking distance.”

While the Wolves weren’t quite able to chip away at the lead, they did keep the score close in the second (10-7) and third (12-11) quarters, and held an 8-4 advantage midway through the fourth.

Back within 44-34 and on a mini-surge, Coupeville was making a run.

And then it wasn’t.

Back-to-back Wolf turnovers turned into successful three-balls from Pioneer shooters, and once Nooksack hit a couple of treys, it couldn’t stop.

Raining down six shots from behind the arc, the host team closed the game on a 21-7 tear to make the final score look more lopsided than it should have.

Still, even in a loss to a top-notch team, Coupeville continues to play at a higher level than it did in the opening weeks of the season.

“We played well in spurts; we had good ball movement and looked to make the extra pass,” King said. “We also got to play some zone (defense), so that was good to get some reps in.”

Ema Smith paced the Wolves with a team-high 13 points, while Chelsea Prescott added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Lindsey Roberts (eight points, five rebounds, three assists), Scout Smith (four points, two steals), Avalon Renninger (three points, three assists), Mollie Bailey (three points), Hannah Davidson (a free throw and three rebounds), and Nicole Laxton (three rebounds, two blocks) also filled up the stat sheet.

Fab frosh Izzy Wells, Anya Leavell and Ja’Kenya Hoskins all saw floor time, while three of their older teammates hit personal milestones in the game.

With her eight points, Roberts surges to 390 for her career, moving past Shawna West (388) into #24 on the Wolf girls all-time scoring list.

Scout Smith is just the 97th player in the history of the girls program (1975-2018) to top 100 career points, now sitting with 103.

And topping things off, Bailey connected on her first three-ball as a varsity player.

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Junior guard Scout Smith threw down a career-high 15 points Tuesday, sparking Coupeville’s varsity basketball squad to a huge win over Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

I give you two players.

One is a pass-first, defend-second and maybe, possibly, shoot-third point guard.

The other one was coming back from a bad fall which left her wearing a neck brace in a faraway ER just a couple of days ago.

Jump to Tuesday, however, and Scout Smith and Chelsea Prescott were something else entirely — rampaging, lights-out scorers intent on kidney-punching their rivals with sweet jumpers, silky layups and perfectly-lofted free throws.

Carrying a bigger chunk of the offensive game plan than normal, Smith and Prescott combined for 27 points, sparking the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad to a 44-34 rout of visiting Sultan.

The win, the third-straight and fourth in the last five games for the Wolves, lifts them to 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 4-4 overall.

It leaves Coupeville in a tie atop the league standings with state power King’s headed to a showdown in the new year.

Both teams finish 2018 with non-conference tilts, then meet in Shoreline Jan. 4 to kick off the remainder of the 10-game league schedule.

While King’s is one of the premier programs in the state, Coupeville can’t be overlooked. Especially after proving they have far more than just one offensive option.

With leading scorer Lindsey Roberts running wild on defense Tuesday, her younger teammates stepped up and eased her job on the offensive end of the floor.

Smith knocked down nine of her game-high (and career-high) 15 in the second quarter, when the Wolves seized control of the game, while Prescott banked in six of her 12 in the third frame.

Coupeville entered the game having broken 50 points in back-to-back games, and while the 44 they scored Tuesday was their third-best team total of the season, it took a few moments for the Wolves to get going.

Actually, more like a few minutes, as CHS didn’t hit a field goal for the first seven minutes and 52 seconds of the game.

The unforgiving rim finally played nice with just eight ticks left in the opening quarter, and only when Avalon Renninger slashed to the hoop, split three defenders and dared the hoop to refuse her.

It didn’t dare.

Thanks to stingy defense, and three different Wolves – Ema Smith, Scout Smith and Roberts – hitting free throws, Coupeville was just a bucket behind when Renninger drained her runner.

Escaping the first quarter with a hard-fought 6-6 tie, the Wolves figured enough tip-toeing around. Time to drop the hammer.

Not that the scrappy Turks went down all that easily, however.

Scout Smith kicked off her whirlwind second quarter by tossing in a running bank shot from the left, while being roughed-up in full view of blind refs, but Sultan responded with a modest 6-2 run of its own.

A three-ball from Ema Smith, who stopped on a dime, rose up and dropped the trey right in the face of her defender, kept the Wolves close, while a put-back on a rebound by Prescott gave CHS a brief lead.

Coupeville finally broke through for good midway through the second, and it came thanks to Scout Smith seizing the moment.

The junior guard takes great delight in setting up her teammates with pinpoint passes, but on this night, she pulled the ball back into her body frequently and went to town.

Charging head-long into the fray, keeping Turk defenders backpedaling and falling over themselves, “Scooter” tossed a swooping layup high off the backboard, drained a sweet fall-away jumper, then twirled a lil’ curler that kissed the glass and plopped through the net with a happy little sigh.

Playing in front of big brothers CJ and Hunter, in town for the holidays, Scout Smith was making a statement – my court, my time.

And she was getting help from all sides, whether it was Roberts and Hannah Davidson crashing the boards, Tia Wurzrainer driving Sultan ball-handlers insane with her smothering defense, or her team’s superb passing.

Coupeville was as patient Tuesday as it has ever been this season, with one Wolf after another making the smart pass, looking for the best option, setting each other up, then slapping hands after made buckets.

Ema Smith and Prescott capped the first half with a play which perfectly epitomized the team-first style the Wolves were rockin’ all game.

Soaring between two Turks, Ema Smith yanked down an offensive rebound, then was knocked to her knees as she came back to Earth.

Instead of losing the ball, instead of traveling, she kept the ball held aloft, flicking it to Prescott, who was alone on the side, before going down face-first.

Prescott, without skipping a beat, twirled into the air, lofted the ball, and splashed home the jumper.

Ema Smith, sprawled on the floor (and possibly untying the shoelaces of any Turks near her hands), pumped her fist, then jumped up and joined her sophomore teammate as they loped back on defense.

Up 21-18 at the half, the Wolves continued to play smart ball after the break, stretching the lead out inch by inch and never giving Sultan a chance to carve into its deficit.

The Turks hit their only three-ball of the night early in the third, cutting the lead to a bucket for a millisecond, but Coupeville responded with authority.

Prescott and Scout Smith continued to knock down buckets, and once the lead blossomed to eight, the game stayed that way the remainder of the night.

The few times Sultan got a bucket down the stretch, the Wolves immediately answered.

And never more emphatically than when Coupeville broke the press with a quick pass to Roberts, who snatched the ball at mid-court, spun, and thundered the length of the court in about 1.3 steps before slapping home a psyche-crushing layup.

Coupeville didn’t play a perfect game, maybe, missing a fair amount of free throws for one thing, but it did play an inspired game.

There were 11 Wolves in uniform, and 11 Wolves used whatever amount of time they were given by coach David King to make an impact in their own personal way.

It was Nicole Laxton, down in the pits, wrestling for a rebound and yanking the ball away from her rival, her normally sunny exterior transformed by a glare which could cut through steel.

It was Davidson, shutting down the paint, and kicking beautiful passes to open teammates, a role player proving she can be a weapon on both ends of the floor.

And it was Wurzrainer, a defensive dynamo on the soccer field, who brings a burning intensity to her role as the spiritual successor to revered ball-hawks of past days like Kacie Kiel and Julia Myers.

Locked-in and ready to knock you on your keister, Wurzrainer and running mate Renninger are the specialists every good team needs and wants.

Scout Smith’s 15 gives her 99 career points at the varsity level, leaving her just a free throw shy of becoming only the 97th Wolf girl to reach triple-digit scoring since 1975.

Prescott is hot on her heels, and her 12 Tuesday gives her 88 on her short career (#104 all-time), while making it very likely there will soon be four active Wolf girls in the 100-point club.

Already there are Roberts (#25 with 382 points) and Ema Smith (#79 with 135), who went for seven and six, respectively, against Sultan.

Renninger tossed in three points, Mollie Bailey tickled the twines for a free throw to round out the scoring, while freshmen Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Izzy Wells also saw floor time.

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