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Makana Stone tossed in 19 points Saturday as Whitman slipped past Linfield for a key league win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The big three were on fire, and sometimes that’s all you need.

Getting 20 points from Mady Burdett, 19 from Coupeville’s Makana Stone, and a double-double from lone senior Maegan Martin, the Whitman College women’s basketball team rolled to a nice bounce-back win.

Knocking off visiting Linfield 72-63 Saturday on Senior Night, the Blues earned a split for the weekend and kept alive hopes of winning a Northwest Conference title.

With the victory, Whitman soars to 12-2 in league play, 18-5 overall, and stays a game back of George Fox (13-1, 20-3) with two regular-season games left on the schedule.

The Blues travel to Tacoma next weekend, where they will play Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

After that comes the four-team NWC tournament, and, most likely, a bid to the NCAA D-III national tournament.

Saturday, Whitman had to bounce right back after a tough four-point loss to George Fox, and the Blues didn’t disappoint.

Burdett and Stone came out firing in the first quarter, combining for 19 points as Whitman built a 26-18 lead.

Coupeville’s progeny hit a pair of buckets off of quick slashes to the hoop, packaged around a solid turnaround jumper, while Burdett went wild from behind the three-point arc.

Tossing in a trio of treys, she finished with 13 points across the first 10 minutes.

After that, the teams settled into a fairly taut game, with just a single point separating the two squads across the final three quarters.

But, while Linfield held even with Whitman in the second (11-11) and fourth (16-16) quarters, and trailed just 19-18 in the third, the Blues never surrendered the lead.

Stone, who wasn’t bothered by any pesky reffing blunders on this night, poured in points in every quarter.

A layup and a jumper that popped up, hit the glass and rattled back in, gave her 10 at the half, then the former Wolf added a pair of buckets in the third before closing with five fourth-quarter points to blunt a late Linfield rally.

Flying down court on the kind of run CHS fans saw every day, Stone pulled in a pass off a Martin steal, beating the crowd to the bucket to stake Whitman to a 61-56 lead with five minutes to play.

Right after that, Martin put together her own mini highlight reel, raining down a rare (for her) three-ball, followed by a bucket in the paint, stretching the margin back out to double digits.

Stone capped things with a final bucket, banging away down low, uprooting her defender, then whirling and banking home a short jumper.

She snatched five rebounds and dealt out an assist to go with her 19 points (on 9-12 shooting), while Martin celebrated her regular-season home swan song with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

On the season, Stone sits with 332 points, 186 rebounds, 39 assists, 25 steals and 18 blocks.

She’s shooting 141-269 from the floor and 49-64 at the free throw line.

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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:

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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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Lindsey Roberts (left) and Ema Smith were two of the three Wolf hoops stars honored Tuesday on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It didn’t go the way they might have hoped.

Run ragged Tuesday by a King’s team with state title aspirations, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team got crunched on Senior Night.

Even on an evening when their six-foot freshman prodigy wasn’t at the top of her game, the visiting Knights had an answer for everything the Wolves tried, exiting the gym with a 59-11 win.

The loss, coming after Coupeville put up its fewest points in any game this season, drops CHS to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 7-9 overall.

The Wolves, who are guaranteed to be the #3 seed from their league when the double-elimination district playoffs start Feb. 4, close the regular season Friday at Granite Falls.

Things got off to a nice start Tuesday when Coupeville honored seniors Nicole Laxton, Lindsey Roberts, and Ema Smith before tip-off.

After the ball was tossed up in the air, however, things got much tougher.

King’s features frosh phenom Jada Wynn, who played in the junior NBA world tournament before attending a single day of high school.

On this night, though, she took a back seat, picking up four fouls, including an offensive charge after Wolf freshman Ja’Kenya Hoskins stood her ground, and scored “just” 10 points.

The Knights, a deep, talented, polished team, merely shrugged, with sophomores Claire Gallagher and Mia Flor tossing in 17 and 12 respectively.

Coupeville, as a team, didn’t crack double digits until the next-to-last play of the third quarter, then went scoreless in the fourth.

Down 8-0 in the early going, but dodging bullets as King’s had some shooting issues of its own, at least for a bit, the Wolves finally got on the scoreboard six minutes into the game.

The first bucket came courtesy Ema Smith, and it gave her 201 points for her prep career, making her just the 55th Wolf girl to top that mark since the modern program began in 1974.

Unfortunately for CHS, that was its only basket of any kind for quite a bit.

By the time Hannah Davidson swooped in, snatched a rebound and went back up strong for a second-chance bucket, the game was 21-2 in favor of King’s and slipping away quickly.

To make sure to drive the point home, the Knights followed up Davidson’s put-back by nailing back-to-back three-balls, two of the eight treys they hit on the evening.

A 27-7 halftime deficit ballooned badly after the halftime break, as King’s, continuing to play with its customary take-no-prisoners style, went on a 25-4 romp in the third.

Two buckets from Roberts, one off a nice dish by Scout Smith, gave CHS fans some brief respite, but, ultimately, it was a game the Wolves will do well to quickly scrub from their brain pans.

But, just because it was a one-sided affair doesn’t mean there weren’t a few bright spots.

Coupeville coach David King praised the play of Roberts, who had to fight through a constant wave of defenders, as well as Davidson’s work on the boards, and defensive dynamo Tia Wurzrainer’s scrappiness while still contesting passes in the late going.

Roberts finished with four points Tuesday, lifting her to 422 for her career.

She needs just two more buckets to pass Cassidi Rosenkrance (423), Mika Hosek (424), and Sarah Powell (425) and become the #20 scorer in program history.

Chelsea Prescott added three free-throws in support of Roberts, with Davidson and Ema Smith providing the night’s other buckets.

Roberts had a team-best eight rebounds, Avalon Renninger yanked down five boards and doled out three assists, with Scout Smith collecting five boards, two blocks and a steal.

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The lone senior on the Coupeville boys basketball roster, Dane Lucero, was  honored Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wins were in short supply Friday, but improvement was the buzz word.

All four Coupeville High School basketball teams in action fell to visiting Cedar Park Christian, and the Wolf varsity boys were no exception.

But like the other CHS squads, the margin of said loss was greatly improved from the first meeting between the schools.

For the varsity boys, their earlier trip to Bothell included a painful 70-27 bushwhacking.

Friday night, the Wolves, who were celebrating Senior Night, made things much, much closer, staying within single digits until late in the fourth quarter in a 52-36 loss.

While the defeat drops Coupeville to 1-7 in North Sound Conference play, 2-13 overall, the Wolves still hold the fifth, and final, playoff berth from the six-team league.

With two regular-season games left — road trips to South Whidbey and Granite Falls next week — CHS trails King’s (9-0) CPC (5-3), South Whidbey (5-3) and Sultan (5-4), but is ahead of Granite (0-8).

Hold on to that advantage and the Wolves are off to the double-elimination district playoffs starting Feb. 4.

If Coupeville and Granite finish in a tie, they would meet Saturday, Feb. 2 on Whidbey to decide the #5 seed. Tip-off for that playoff play-in game would be 5 PM.

Facing off with Cedar Park, the Wolves didn’t play perfectly, but they did play with heart and fire.

Coupeville had too many turnovers, mainly off of passes which it would have liked to take back a split second after firing them, but a couple of nice runs on offense kept it within shouting distance all night long.

The first quarter set things in motion, as Sean Toomey-Stout slammed home a put-back off of a sensational offensive rebound, Coupeville’s lone senior, Dane Lucero, dropped in a sweet lil’ hook shot, and Jered Brown singed the nets for a three-ball.

But those baskets came one at a time, and with some chunks of the clock ticking away between them, allowing CPC to claim a 14-7 lead it would never relinquish.

Wolf frosh Hawthorne Wolfe sank a long trey early in the second quarter, only to have the Eagles hit back-to-back three-balls of their own on the next two trips down the floor.

Down by 12, with the game starting to slip away, Coupeville dug in for one of its two extended runs on offense.

Keyed by Gavin Knoblich, who was everywhere and nowhere at once, cleaning the boards, then using his long arms to reach in and poke balls away, the Wolves closed the half on an 8-3 run.

Almost.

Buckets from Ulrik Wells, Brown, Toomey-Stout, and Knoblich cut the lead to seven and CHS had the momentum heading towards the break.

Unfortunately, Cedar Park exploited a let-down on defense, with its point guard slicing right up the middle, uncontested, for a layup which hit the bottom of the net just as the horn sounded.

The bucket staggered the Wolves, who also came out a bit lethargic to start the third.

Despite a strong power move in the paint for a bucket by Jacobi Pilgrim, and a sensational three-ball by Wolfe, who fired it off his left shoulder while hanging in mid-air, CPC began to pull away.

Up by 15 heading into the fourth, the Eagles met a final burst of resistance from Coupeville, which cut the margin back to nine on a pair of Wells free throws.

Right after that, though, Knoblich fouled out, and without the Energizer bunny-style energy he brought to the floor Friday, CHS finally hit the wall.

While Cedar Park tossed in seven straight points across the final 90 seconds to make the final score a bit skewed, Coupeville coach Brad Sherman could see some positives in how his squad handled the rematch.

“It was a huge improvement for our guys; they battled,” he said. “We had a way better effort on defense and on the boards this time around.

“We had some good looks (on shots), but just couldn’t get them all to fall tonight.”

Brown finished with nine points to pace the Wolves, while Toomey-Stout banked home seven and the duo of Wells and Wolfe chipped in with six apiece.

Pilgrim (4), Lucero (2), and Knoblich (2) also scored, with Mason Grove helping out with scrambling defense and some quality set-up passes.

Perhaps lost in the haze of the game was a historical note, as Wolfe became the highest-scoring freshman boy in 102 years of CHS basketball.

His first three-ball tied him with Mike Bagby at 137 points, and his second one moved this year’s leading varsity scorer to a solid 140.

While Wolfe has passed every other Coupeville boy, there are still four girls ahead of him.

He has a strong chance of catching Megan Smith (161) and Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (163), but may not have enough games left to make a run at Novi Barron (242) or Brianne King (275).

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Alex Turner leads off the Wolf football seniors honored Thursday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shane Losey

Cameron Dahl

Dane Lucero

Matt Stevens

Keahi Sorrows

Chris Battaglia

Ryan Labrador

Jake Pease

Eight of Coupeville’s 10 seniors gather for a group photo.

The team just got cut in half.

10 of 22 Coupeville High School football players on the season-ending roster are seniors, and played their final game Thursday night.

Three were in street clothes, while a fourth injured Wolf, Matt Hilborn, was missing as he rehabs in Hawaii.

But, active or not, all stood tall in their final spotlight moment.

Before they headed for the exit, the Wolf vets were honored for their play and their commitment to the program.

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