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Returning from injury, Lily Leedy had three hits Saturday as Coupeville’s JV softball squad played an off-Island doubleheader. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The odds were not in their favor.

The Coupeville High School JV softball squad invaded Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles Saturday with a thin roster and two big-time 2A foes awaiting them.

But, while the Wolves fell 18-1 to Sequim and 19-3 to Port Angeles, the experience may pay off down the road for a team of talented, but still-developing players.

Sitting at 3-5 after the doubleheader sweep, Coupeville’s young guns have three games left on their schedule.

They face Cedar Park Christian on the road Apr. 29, then close with a home doubleheader May 2 against Burlington-Edison.

Saturday, the Wolves couldn’t plate as many runners as they might have liked, but they did sting the ball to the tune of 10 hits across the afternoon.

Lily Leedy, Abby Meyers, and Audrianna Shaw each collected three base-knocks apiece, with Leedy getting all of hers in one game against Port Angeles.

It was a nice bounce-back for the feisty freshman, who had missed several games after being bonked in the head by a wayward throw during warm-ups.

McKenna Somes rounded out the hit parade with a single against Sequim, while also being praised by CHS coach Greg Thomas for her work on defense in the twin-bill.

“She had a strong performance behind the plate,” he said.

Heidi Meyers, Tariana Hunter, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Morgan Stevens, and Ivy Leedy also saw major playing time in the two games.

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Kylie Chernikoff had a team-high seven rebounds and three steals Monday, as the Coupeville JV went toe-to-toe with 2A Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s all about the lessons.

Do you take them in? Do you build on them? Do they foster growth?

The Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad is young (11 of 14 players are freshmen) and still finding its way.

So, while losses like the 35-20 defeat the Wolves absorbed Monday in Sequim hurt in the moment, they can be the start of something bigger as athletes adjust to the difference between high school ball and what came before.

“Attitude and effort are the only things in life you can control,” said Coupeville coach Amy King, and it’s a stark truth.

While the non-conference loss to a 2A school drops the Wolves to 0-2 on the season, they can look to how they responded in the second half as a positive to build on.

Coupeville could not get a shot to drop for much of the first half Monday, with buckets from Kylie Chernikoff and Anya Leavell the only small solace in a 19-4 deficit.

The Wolves struggled to break Sequim’s half-court man press, which made it hard to even get shots launched.

“We had turnover after turnover,” King said. “Passing the ball into the waiting hands of Sequim, who used that to fast break.”

Things took a turn for the positive after Coupeville coaches delivered a halftime pep talk/come to God moment.

“We challenged the team to get out of their own heads and start playing basketball,” King said. “The energy needed to elevate from everybody, talk on defense and get scrappy.”

And scrappy they got, as Leavell and Kiara Contreras led a defensive stand, going after the ball with ramped-up intensity instead of sitting back and letting the play come to them.

With Chernikoff, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Abby Mulholland cleaning the boards with authority, CHS pushed the flow of the game, playing Sequim even in the second half (16-16), while winning the battle in the fourth quarter 10-4.

“We were stirring up some energy, started moving the ball better and getting open shots,” King said. “We moved the ball like we knew how, and we changed our press break enough to get a few longer passes down the court, which made their defense scramble a little bit.

“If we had played that way in the first half, the game may have turned out a little different.”

Izzy Wells paced the Wolves with eight points, all coming in the second half, while snagging six rebounds.

Leavell netted six, with Chernikoff, Mollie Bailey and Hoskins adding two points apiece to round out the Wolf scoring.

Coupeville’s leader on the glass was the always hard-charging Chernikoff, who ripped down seven rebounds to go with her team-high three steals.

Hoskins added six boards, with Contreras and Kylie Van Velkinburgh each doling out two assists.

All 11 CHS girls in uniform Monday played, with Alana Mihill, Lily Leedy and Morgan Stevens also seeing floor time.

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Ema Smith tallied seven points Monday at Sequim, achieving a personal scoring milestone. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights it’s better to look at the small moments instead of gazing too long at the big picture.

There was likely a fair amount of frustration Monday, as the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team got pounded on the boards, went scoreless for an entire quarter and fell by a considerable margin to host Sequim.

After absorbing a 50-24 defeat at the hands of their 2A foes, keyed by a 21-0 third quarter, the Wolves sit at 0-3 on the still-young season.

But, there were positives buried in the aftermath.

For one, Coupeville rallied in the fourth quarter, winning pride points by closing the game on a 9-4 surge.

And secondly, two Wolf seniors exited the gym having achieved at least a small triumph, as both made moves on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Lindsey Roberts, back after a college trip, led Coupeville with 10 points, which gives her 316 for her career.

She sits in 35th place in program history (1975-2018), and is just 16 points from sliding into the top 30 all-time.

Her running mate, Ema Smith, added seven Monday, cracking the 100-point barrier, becoming just the 97th Wolf female to achieve triple digits in 44 seasons of hardwood play.

So, some grace notes.

Other than that, it was a fairly rough night, as Coupeville struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just 5-20, was out-muscled on the glass and couldn’t slow their foe down.

Sequim built a 13-5 lead after one quarter, stretched the margin out to 15 points midway through the second, and settled for a 25-15 advantage at the half.

Then, disaster.

“Coming out for the third, we didn’t get it done defensively and they had three quick and easy open looks at the basket for scores,” said Coupeville coach David King. “From then on, it was an all-out blitz for Sequim.

“Defensively, we are struggling and just not playing well on that end.”

The Wolves dug deep in the fourth, something their coach wants to build on.

“Some pride took over; it shows we have fight despite the score,” King said. “We have to keep pushing forward and continue to fight like we did tonight.

“It’s going to be baby steps and it starts tomorrow at practice.”

Roberts snagged a team-high nine rebounds and made off with five steals to go with her 10 points, while Ema Smith had seven points and six boards.

Avalon Renninger (4), Tia Wurzrainer (2) and Chelsea Prescott (1) rounded out the scoring, while Hannah Davidson yanked down seven rebounds, Ja’Kenya Hoskins collected five and Scout Smith hauled in four.

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Coupeville’s Sean Toomey-Stout tossed in seven points Monday at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Closer and closer, but just not there yet.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad has played three games this season, and cut their deficit in each outing.

Now they just need a win.

Attempt #3 went well for 16 minutes, as the Wolves carried a six-point lead in at the break Monday at Sequim, but a cold-shooting second half ultimately doomed them.

Only down by one after three quarters, Coupeville was outscored 14-7 by their hosts and fell 38-30.

The non-conference loss drops CHS to 0-3 on the season, but opportunity lurks, as the Wolves have two more games this week.

“We’ll get there,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Just need to get our offense rolling. Shots will start to fall.”

Defense was the name of the game in the first half, as the Wolves held Sequim to single digits, heading to the locker room up 15-9.

After a 5-5 stalemate in the first, Coupeville rode the sweet shooting touch of Hawthorne Wolfe in the second frame.

A pair of buckets and a pair of free throws gave the fab frosh six in the quarter, letting him outscore his rivals by himself.

Unfortunately, while the Wolves doubled their output, scoring another 15 points after the break, Sequim ripped off 29, winning the quarter battles 15-8 and 14-7.

The hosts nailed five of their seven three-point bombs in the second half, and with Coupeville’s lone trey coming courtesy Wolfe in the fourth quarter, that tipped the scales a bit.

Both teams were fairly even at the free-throw line, as Sequim hit 5-7 and CHS finished 5-9.

Wolfe led Coupeville in scoring for the second time in three games, pouring in 11, while junior Sean Toomey-Stout banked home seven in support.

With 26 points apiece, the duo are tied atop the season scoring chart.

Ulrik Wells and Jered Brown added four points apiece in support, while Gavin Knoblich swished a pair of free throws and senior captain Dane Lucero knocked down his first bucket of the season.

Coupeville, which also gave floor time to Mason Grove, Jacobi Pilgrim, Jean Lund-Olsen and Koa Davison, has played teams from three separate classifications, and will soon make it four.

Oak Harbor is 3A, The Bush School 1A and Sequim 2A, while the next two foes, Friday Harbor and Orcas Island, hail from 2B.

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Daniel Olson torched Sequim for 25 points Monday as the Coupeville boys JV hoops squad won its second-straight game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can’t stop Daniel Olson, and you can’t contain him. All you can do is try and get out of his way.

The Coupeville High School sophomore found his groove Monday and didn’t stop at merely singing the nets while playing in Sequim.

Instead, Olson burnt the whole joint down, tickling the twines for a season-high 25 to spark the Wolf JV to a 58-43 win over their 2A foes.

The road non-conference victory lifts the Coupeville young guns to 2-1 on the still-young season.

Olson’s outburst, the most points dropped by any Wolf, boy or girl, varsity or JV, this year, was spread out across all four quarters.

He banked home four buckets in the first quarter, added five points in the second, tossed in another four in the third, then exited with a bang, flicking eight through the net in the final period.

That fourth-quarter assault included a pair of long three-balls, as Olson continued to drop bombs even while headed back to the bus.

Most of his scoring help came from the Rampagin’ Rickner Brothers, as sophomore TJ went for a career-high 10 and freshman Grady rattled the rims for a season-best eight.

The Rickners combined to hit three treys, with the younger brother “winning” that battle 2-1.

Logan Martin added seven points, Tucker Hall banked home four, while Cody Roberts and Miles Davidson rounded out the offensive explosion with a bucket apiece.

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