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Lauren Marrs netted a three-ball Wednesday, scoring five points in a narrow loss at Sultan. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Aby Wood and friends get a chance to return to action almost immediately, with a trip Thursday to Langley.

Best thing is, they get to play again in less than 24 hours.

While Wednesday’s trip to Sultan didn’t go the way the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads wanted, the Wolves can flip the script right away.

CMS heads to Langley Thursday to face its next-door neighbors, and all three of its hoops teams will get to see hardcourt action.

Sultan only went two teams deep, forcing Coupeville’s #3 squad to sit out Wednesday’s trip.

How the day played out:

 

Team 1:

One more minute.

Coupeville stormed back from an early deficit, but ran out of time and fell 32-29 in a nail-biter.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-2 on the season heading into their Island rivalry showdown.

After keeping the game knotted at 6-6 through one quarter of play, CMS ran into foul trouble, which kept some of its deadliest players locked to the bench for chunks of time.

Trailing by 10 headed into the fourth, the Wolves came out ferociously, carving most of the deficit away before the Turks barely escaped with the win.

Savina Wells got CMS within two points with 50 seconds to play, when she scorched the nets for her second three-ball of the fourth quarter.

But Sultan, with a little assistance from a home town ref who ignored a double-dribble and a travel on the same play, got a huge bucket in the waning moments to ice the game.

Middle school teams play seven-minute quarters, while high school squads go for eight minutes.

Give the Wolf young guns — four of their top eight players are just 7th graders — that extra 60 seconds, and things might have ended differently.

Those 7th graders accounted for 24 of Coupeville’s 29 points, with Wells (14), Lyla Stuurmans (8), and Madison McMillan (2) forming a dangerous trio.

Lauren Marrs upheld 8th grade honor by knocking down a three-ball en route to five points.

Also seeing floor time were Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Brionna Blouin, and Desi Ramirez.

 

Team 2:

An ice-cold third quarter derailed the Wolves in a 26-14 loss.

Take away that one frame, when Coupeville was outscored 14-0, and the game ends in the win column for CMS.

But, we have to count all four quarters, so the Wolves fall to 0-2 on the season.

Coupeville came out strongly, getting buckets from Issabel Johnson, Taylor Brotemarkle, and Skylar Parker in the first quarter as it battled to a 6-6 tie.

With Reese Wilkinson heating up in the second frame, tossing in four of her team-high six points, the Wolves carried a 12-10 lead into the locker room.

Unfortunately, when they returned to the floor, they ran head long into a brutal full-court press which changed the flow of the game.

Wilkinson (6), Parker (4), Brotemarkle (2), and Johnson (2) carried the offensive load, while seven other Wolves saw floor time in the road game.

Jada Heaton, Kayla Arnold, Chloe Marzocca, Grey Peabody, Katie Marti, Aby Wood, and Kaitlyn Leavell all chipped in with hustle and hard work on the defensive end of the floor.

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Gavin Knoblich and the Coupeville High School varsity boys hoops squad host a playoff game Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re coming home.

A narrow loss at Sultan Tuesday night in the regular-season finale means the Coupeville High School boys varsity basketball squad will open the playoffs on their own court.

Despite 23 points from senior sniper Mason Grove, the Wolves fell 66-59 to the Turks in a game which decided the #4 and #5 playoff seeds from the North Sound Conference.

Coupeville finished league play at 2-7, a game off of Sultan, which swept the season series from the Wolves to go 3-6.

As a #4 seed, CHS would have advanced straight away to the double-elimination portion of the district playoffs.

Instead, as a #5 seed, the Wolves, who sit at 6-12 overall, will host Mount Baker, the #4 seed from the Northwest Conference, in a loser-out play-in game.

That rumble goes down Saturday, February 8, with tip-off set for 7 PM.

Mount Baker is 5-14 with one regular-season game left to play, but the Mountaineers play in a 1A/2A/3A league, which tends to skew records a bit.

Win Saturday, and the Wolves move on to play games Feb. 10 and 12.

To see the playoff bracket, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3213&sport=3

Coming off an emotional Senior Night win over Granite Falls in which it punched its playoff ticket, Coupeville was looking for a bit of revenge against Sultan.

The first time around, the Wolves led for much of the game, before falling by five.

This time out, CHS stayed close, but couldn’t get over the hump.

Grove nailed the first two of his game-high seven three-balls in the opening quarter, while fellow backcourt gunner Hawthorne Wolfe added four points, but Coupeville trailed 17-13 at the first break.

From there, Sultan, which got double-digits scoring from three players, stretched the lead to 32-26 at the half, clung to a 52-47 advantage after three quarters, and held on for the crucial win.

While the Turks got 42 points combined from the trio of Austin Wood (16), Tyler Sargent (14), and Jeremy John (12), Coupeville’s big three virtually matched them.

Grove, who hit at least one three-ball in every quarter as he put up 23, was backed by sophomores Xavier Murdy (9) and Wolfe (8).

Sean Toomey-Stout (4), Gavin Knoblich (4), Koa Davison (4), Jered Brown (3), Jacobi Pilgrim (2), and Ulrik Wells (2) also scored, as every Wolf to hit the floor put the ball through the hoop.

It was a milestone night for Grove, as the senior cracked the 400-point club.

Heading into his final playoff run, he has 405 points, putting him #57 on the CHS boys hoops career scoring list, which stretches across 103 seasons.

Wolfe is just a three-ball away from joining his older teammate in the club, and his 397 points has him sitting #59 all-time.

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Grady Rickner dropped in 15 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV closed with a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a comeback, but do call it a win.

With Coupeville High School JV boys basketball coach Chris Smith at home for daughter Scout’s Senior Night festivities Tuesday, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith returned to the bench.

For one night at least.

And the transition was fairly seamless, as the (slightly) older of the Smith boys let the Wolf shooters run wild in a 72-50 win at Sultan.

The victory lifts the JV’s final mark to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 10-7 overall.

Coupeville came out on fire, with six different players scoring during a 21-13 first-quarter surge.

Daniel Olson had the hottest hand in the early going, knocking down a quick seven points, while Logan Martin added six to tease the explosion which was to come.

The CHS sophomore, who has been electric of late, went off in the finale, racking up a season-high 29 points.

After starting with back-to-back six-point quarters, Martin rippled the nets for 13 in the third frame, then closed with a modest four.

Up 31-23 at the half, Coupeville hammered the Turks in the second half, stretching the margin out to 54-37 after three quarters of play, then gliding in for the lopsided win.

Grady Rickner added 15 points in support of Martin, while Olson finished with 11.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Chris Ruck (4), TJ Rickner (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2), while Andrew Aparicio chipped in with strong work on the defensive side of the floor.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Martin – 162
Daniel Olson – 153
Grady Rickner – 148
Sage Downes – 140
Cody Roberts – 61
Alex Murdy – 54
Alex Jimenez – 43
TJ Rickner – 35
Xavier Murdy – 33
Miles Davidson – 32
Chris Cernick – 18
Chris Ruck – 13
Andrew Aparicio – 10

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Brayden Coatney played strongly for a C-Team which ended its season Tuesday with a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a bang.

Playing deep on the road at Sultan Tuesday night, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad pulled out a thriller.

The young Wolves scored only once in the fourth quarter, but that bucket from Alex Wasik was the difference in a 28-26 win.

The victory, coming in the season finale for the C-Team, lifts it to 2-7 in North Sound Conference play, 3-10 overall.

Trailing 11-6 at the first break, Coupeville made its move in the second quarter Tuesday, ripping off a 14-3 run to grab control of the game.

Playing for coach Patrick Upchurch for the final time this season, the Wolves got hot shooting from a trio of freshmen, as Ty Hamilton, Dominic Coffman, and Wasik combined to drill the Turks.

Hamilton popped for seven points in the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws, a field goal, and a three-ball.

Coffman was hot on his heels with five, while Wasik, who scored in all four quarters, dropped in a bucket to round out the assault.

With the lead in hand at 20-14, the Wolves battled Sultan through a 6-6 third quarter, then held on for the win with a solid defensive effort down the stretch.

Hamilton finished with a game-high 11 points on mom Shannon’s birthday, while Coffman banked in nine, and Wasik slapped home a bucket per quarter while recording eight.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves during their sweet finale were Nick Armstrong, Josh Upchurch, Coen Killian, Caleb Sonntag, and Brayden Coatney.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Dominic Coffman – 83
Ty Hamilton – 73
Chris Cernick – 41
Alex Wasik – 39
Brayden Coatney – 38
Coen Killian – 23
Ben Smith – 17
Nick Armstrong – 14
Josh Upchurch – 13
Simon Shelley – 3
Andrew Aparicio – 2
Alex Murdy – 2
Caleb Sonntag – 2

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Avalon Renninger and the Coupeville varsity girls hoops squad are shooting for a top-three league finish. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Down the stretch they come.

Playoff berths and postseason seeding are up in the air as the basketball teams of the North Sound Conference head into the final week-and-a-half of the regular season.

The Coupeville girls are sitting strong in third place, with the top five making the playoffs, and the Wolves control their own destiny.

They travel to Shoreline Tuesday to face league leader King’s, then close with home games against Granite Falls Friday and South Whidbey Feb. 4.

The CHS boys currently hold the #5 seed.

Record-wise, they’re tied with Granite Falls, but they have a tiebreaker, having beaten the Tigers in their first meeting.

They also have three games left to play, hosting South Whidbey Tuesday and Granite Friday, before travelling to Sultan Feb. 4 for the regular-season finale.

Where things currently sit:

 

North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 4-0 13-4
CPC-Bothell 7-1 14-5
Coupeville 4-2 10-4
South Whidbey 3-4 9-9
Sultan 1-5 5-11
Granite Falls 0-7 3-15

 

North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 6-0 10-8
South Whidbey 5-1 13-3
CPC-Bothell 4-3 10-7
Sultan 2-5 4-13
Coupeville 1-5 5-10
Granite Falls 1-5 3-14

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