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Coupeville 7th grader Savina Wells banked in 20 points Thursday in her middle school basketball debut. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

Savina Wells 1, Northshore Christian Academy 0.

Now, basketball is not a one-person game and the Coupeville Middle School 7th grader had a lot of help Thursday during the Wolves’ season opener.

But still, Wells pumped in 20 points across the first three quarters of play, and outscored the visitors by herself as CMS strolled to a 41-15 win.

Opening day featured just one game, and not the normal three, as Northshore only fields a single squad.

Coupeville’s #2 and #3 teams will get a chance to join the #1 Wolf squad in action starting next week, when King’s comes to town Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Thursday was a lopsided affair, as the Wolves jumped on NSA from the get-go, running out to a 13-6 lead at the first break.

Wells pumped in three baskets in the opening frame, while Lauren Marrs kept the defense honest by swishing a long three-ball from behind the arc.

From there, Coupeville went about its business, stretching the margin to 25-10 at the half, and 37-13 by the end of the third quarter.

The Wolves #1 squad is a well-mixed unit, with eight 8th graders and five 7th graders seeing action in the opener.

Age is no barrier to success, as the younger girls accounted for 30 of their team’s 41 points, with Lyla Stuurmans making the nets jump for six points and Mia Farris knocking down four in support of Wells.

Marrs finished with five, while fellow 8th graders Brionna Blouin (4) and Reese Wilkinson (2) rounded out the scoring.

Also seeing action for the Wolves were Desiclali Ramirez-Vasquez, Taylor Brotemarkle, Kayla Arnold, Madison McMillan, Skylar Parker, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Allison Nastali.

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Ben Smith scored seven points and delivered a pair of knee-shaking blocks on his birthday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A storm battered Coupeville Thursday night.

Or at least the Storm did, as in the freshman boys basketball team from 3A Squalicum, which bopped the Coupeville C-Team 50-20.

But while the Wolves, playing their season opener, fell to their big-school foes, they played with heart and passion.

Even trailing big late, Coupeville’s players and fans, especially the Wolf varsity guys in the stands, exploded when Ben Smith dropped the hammer o’ death on a runaway Squalicum player.

Taking the court on his 17th birthday, Smith wiped the boards clean and delivered a pair of ferocious blocked shots.

The bigger of the pair came late in the fourth quarter, as he scrambled back to stem the incoming tide.

Squalicum had a big advantage in numbers, was out on the break, and looking to poster-ize the Wolves.

The Storm players, while talented, got a little fast and crazy near the end, trying to pull off NBA-worthy plays, and one would-be superstar paid the price as he roared in for his closeup.

Instead of throwing down the running layup, Squalicum’s shooter had the ball soundly rejected, as Smith rose up to the heavens above and spiked the ball like Wolf legend Maya Toomey-Stout delivering a kill on the volleyball court.

The shot went up, the shot came down three times as fast, bouncing off the Storm player’s body with a bang as it did, and the crowd in the CMS gym went bonkers.

It was an emphatic rejection, a pure hustle play, and one fans, players, and even rival coaches and refs could appreciate.

The block was also Exhibit A in the Wolves display of grit and fight, with Coupeville holding its own in the second and fourth quarter.

Take just those two frames and the game would have been a nail-biter, with Squalicum clinging to a 14-13 lead.

But we also have to add in the first quarter — a fast-paced 21-3 surge for the Storm — and the third, when the visitors rolled out to a 15-4 advantage.

Coupeville’s C-Team roster is mostly young and fairly inexperienced, and the Wolves played like it.

At times, such as when they closed the first half on a 7-2 run, then opened the third quarter with a 4-2 mini-surge, everything was clicking.

Other times not so much, as when they gave up runs of 17-0 and 16-0 at different points of the game.

Still, the positives outnumbered the negatives, and new head coach Patrick Upchurch, making his debut in the first seat, came away pleased with his team’s hustle and desire.

One player who drew a special bit of praise from the coach was freshman Ty Hamilton, who shared the ball-handling duties with fellow frosh Dominic Coffman.

Ty had great effort, driving to the basket, and taking control of things for us,” Upchurch said. “Very good start for him and the rest of the guys.”

Coupeville’s first bucket of the C-Team season came courtesy Coen Killian, who came flying through the paint and dropped in a runner to knot the game up at 2-2.

The Wolf offense couldn’t buy a bucket after that for a very long time, however, but not for lack of trying.

Coupeville shots rolled around, dipped and darted, and found creative ways to pop back out of the net as Squalicum used a 26-1 run to assure themselves of the victory.

Hamilton finally stopped the carnage, when he shot up the gut and banked home a shot with about two minutes left in the second quarter.

After that, it was Coffman’s turn to get deadly, as he closed the first half with back-to-back buckets.

“The Dominator” swished a sweet jumper, set up by Smith leaping high to intercept a pass and kick off a fast break, then calmly netted a three-ball with a hand in his face.

Smith gave his fans a birthday present with his strong play on both ends of the floor in the second half, throwing down six points with a pair of free throws, a breakaway layup, and a jumper from the side.

And we have to give Squalicum credit for one of the best buckets we’ll probably see all season, at any level.

Running full tilt towards his bench, a lanky Storm player went airborne, snagged the runaway ball, and flung it backwards over his head.

It was a desperate bid just to keep the play alive, and yet it worked 10,000 times better than expected.

The heave left the Squalicum player’s fingertips right before he crashed out of bounds, and, defying the odds and possibly a few rules of science, cut a path through the outstretched arms of at least three Wolf defenders.

Landing right in the waiting hands of the most surprised Storm player on the floor, who immediately flipped the ball up for a layup, it turned out to be a miracle assist worthy of an in-his-prime John Stockton.

If he had suddenly gotten superpowers.

Coupeville, which will get right back at it Friday when the Wolf C-Team plays Concrete’s JV in a home game, was led Thursday by Smith and Coffman, who tallied seven points apiece.

Hamilton banked in four, Killian netted a bucket, and the Wolves got strong support work from Brayden Coatney, Josh Upchurch, Nick Armstrong, Simon Shelley, and Jaden Goodrich.

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Sophomore Izzy Wells knocked down nine points Tuesday as Coupeville’s varsity girls opened the season with a road win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With eight more points, senior Scout Smith moved into a tie for 75th place on the Wolf girls career scoring chart.

New coach, same result.

The last time the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad squared off with Darrington, it was the 2014-2015 season and David King was in the third campaign of what would be a seven-year run at the head of the bench.

Jump forward to Tuesday night, and the Wolves and Loggers got back at it, with new CHS head coach Scott Fox making his debut in the hot seat.

Like his predecessor, the new hoops guru emerged with a win, this time to the tune of 42-35.

The non-conference opening night victory comes against a school Coupeville will play a lot more in the future.

When the Wolves drop from 1A to 2B with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the programs will clash on a regular basis as members of the Northwest League.

With nine of Coupeville’s 13 varsity players underclassmen, including seven who are only freshmen or sophomores, Tuesday’s tilt was a nice primer for the future.

And, playing on the road, the Wolves proved resilient under fire, breaking open a game which was knotted 17-17 at the half.

Coupeville spread the love out in the second half, with eight different Wolves scoring, but two players at different spots in their careers stood tallest.

Sophomore Izzy Wells, moving into the starting lineup for the first time, and senior point guard Scout Smith, combined for 13 of their team’s 25 second-half points.

For the game, Wells led a very-balanced attack, rattling home nine points, while Smith tallied eight and Chelsea Prescott and Maddie Georges notched seven apiece.

Carolyn Lhamon (3), Avalon Renninger (3), Hannah Davidson (2), Audrianna Shaw (2), and Tia Wurzrainer (1) also scored.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Mollie Bailey, Nezi Keiper, and Anya Leavell also played, in a game where five Wolves were making their varsity debut.

CHS is playing three freshmen (Georges, Keiper, and Lhamon), while sophomores Shaw and Van Velkinburgh made the jump from last year’s JV squad.

With a win in the bank, the young Wolves head up the Island Wednesday to face 3A Oak Harbor, then host Orcas Island — another future Northwest League rival — Saturday afternoon.

For Coupeville and its new head coach, it’s win and move on, rinse and repeat.

“I was very happy with the effort,” Fox said. “We need to work some kinks out, but we’re excited for starting out with a win.”

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Mason Grove netted a game-high 24 points Tuesday, nailing six shots from behind the three-point arc. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove’s shooting touch was in mid-season form Tuesday night.

The Coupeville High School senior opened a new basketball season by raining down 24 points at Darrington, including hitting six shots from behind the three-point arc.

It wasn’t quite enough to save the Wolves, however, as they lost a close one to their future league rivals, falling 56-49.

For the moment, the opening night defeat was a non-conference decision, but Coupeville will join Darrington in the Northwest League when CHS officially moves from 1A to 2B starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuesday’s tilt gave Wolf coach Brad Sherman a chance to scope out one of his future rivals.

The third-year hoops guru won’t have much of this current team with him when the Wolves move to the Northwest League, as nine of the 10 players in uniform Tuesday were seniors.

Only sophomores Hawthorne Wolfe, who nailed two three-balls, and Xavier Murdy, who’s sidelined with an injury, will still be in uniform when the change occurs.

While Grove won’t play Darrington again, he made sure the Loggers will remember his name, torching them from multiple angles.

He split up his three-balls, netting at least one in every quarter.

With three treys in the first half, Grove had 11 points at the break, and Coupeville was hanging tough, down just 26-23.

Darrington, which hit four three-point shots to eight by the Wolves, got to the free throw line a ton, but clanked most of them, hitting just 14-32 at the charity stripe.

But the Loggers won by going old-school, showing if you hit enough two-point buckets, all the analytics in the world can’t argue with success.

With Caleb Rivera and Bashaun Williams forming a potent one-two combo, as the Loggers duo tallied 20 points apiece, Darrington didn’t run away with the game, but held on for the win.

Grove kept Coupeville close, rattling home half of his treys after the break, scoring 13 of his 24 in the second half.

The opening night explosion allows the Wolf senior to pass 15 former CHS players on the career scoring chart, carrying him to #138 all-time in the 103-season history of the program.

With 184 points in a varsity uniform, Grove needs to get to 277 to crack the top 100.

Tuesday night, he was backed up by Sean Toomey-Stout, who knocked down eight points, and Wolfe, who finished with six.

Jacobi Pilgrim (4), Jered Brown (4), and Koa Davison (3) also scored for CHS, with Jean Lund-Olsen, Tucker Hall, Gavin Knoblich, and Ulrik Wells seeing floor time.

It was Hall’s varsity debut.

Coupeville returns to action Wednesday, when it travels up the Island to face 3A Oak Harbor. The home opener is Saturday against Orcas Island.

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Gwen Gustafson helped spark the Coupeville JV to a come-from-behind win on opening night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Third quarter for the win.

Bouncing back from a seven-point halftime deficit, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad blew the doors off the gym in the second half Tuesday.

Sparked by a 19-4 run in the third frame, which accounted for half their points on the night, the Wolves held off host Darrington 38-34.

The non-conference victory, coming on opening night, was the first at the high school level for new JV coach Megan Smith.

The #4 scorer in Wolf girls varsity basketball history, the 2010 CHS grad bounced up from a middle school coaching gig to replace the retired Amy King.

One game in, things are looking good for Smith and her young squad.

“We started out pretty flat, but came out swinging in the second half!,” Smith said. “I’m very proud of our girls, how we played, and how we handled ourselves in adversity.

“A pretty solid way to start out the season, and excited to see where we go from here!”

Playing after the varsity Tuesday night, the Wolf JV fell behind early, trailing 13-8 after one quarter and 19-12 at the half.

At that point, Coupeville had hit just a single basket from the field, thanks to freshman Gwen Gustafson, with the rest of its points coming at the free throw stripe.

The third quarter was a different story, however, as Gustafson and fellow fab frosh Alita Blouin lit up Darrington, combining for 14 points in the frame.

Blouin tossed in nine of her 11 in the third, including hitting a three-pointer, while Gustafson netted five of her team-best 12.

CHS got scoring from all directions, with Ryanne Knoblich banking home four of her six points in the quarter, and Ella Colwell slipping a free throw through the net to round out the offensive explosion.

Samantha Streitler, Morgan Stevens and Colwell finished with two points apiece, while Jessenia Camarena chipped in with three.

Whether they scored or not, all 11 girls in uniform had strong performances.

Heidi Meyers, Natalie Castano, Lily Leedy, and Savana Allen also saw floor time for Coupeville, which returns to action Wednesday with a game at Oak Harbor.

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