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Claire Mayne and her fellow CMS track and field stars are set to kick off a new season next month. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

On to the next sport!

Middle school girls basketball ended less than 24 hours ago, and already we’re looking ahead to the next season, as Coupeville’s 7th and 8th graders head outside in a few weeks.

CMS track and field kicks off practice Apr. 9, with the first meet set for five weeks from today.

The schedule, as it sits today:

 

Wed-Apr. 24 — @King’s (3:15)
Wed-May 1 — HOME vs. S. Whidbey, King’s (3:15)
Wed-May 8 — HOME vs. Sultan/Lakewood (3:15)
Thur-May 16 — @Sultan (3:30)
Wed-May 22 — @South Whidbey (3:15)
Tue-May 28 — @Lakewood (League Prelims) (3:15)
Thur-May 30 — @Lakewood (League Finals) (3:15)

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Carolyn Lhamon (11), seen here in an earlier game, was a one-woman wrecking crew Thursday as Coupeville’s 8th graders improved to 8-0. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some good, some bad, all covered in a solid slathering of germs.

Thursday night offered up the home finales for the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams, and the Wolves emerged with a split against pesky Sultan.

Or, at least the girls semi-healthy enough to play did.

There was no JV game, as the visiting Turks, also dealing with flu and cold season, couldn’t field enough bodies for a contest.

How the varsity games played out:

 

8th grade:

Alex Evans played with fire, and didn’t get burned.

Trying to achieve two missions – to give a chunk of JV players valuable floor time since their game was cancelled, while still getting a win to keep his team undefeated – the Wolf hoops guru succeeded admirably in a 33-20 victory.

Coupeville, which is 8-0 with one road game left on the schedule, blew Sultan off the floor the first time around.

This time, the Wolves showed the same dominance, but just in spurts, and when it mattered most.

The prime example came in the fourth quarter, as Evans‘ two missions collided.

With all of his starters on the bench, the coach watched a 12-point lead shrink to four, but showed only calmness to the folks in the stands, and, most importantly, his own players.

Evans allowed his more inexperienced players a chance to discover what it’s like to play under pressure, holding a lead against a rival which was greatly-improved from the two teams first meeting.

Then, when the Turks had a brief moment of hope, Coupeville’s coach slid his starting five – Maddie Georges, Nezi Keiper, Gwen Gustafson, Alita Blouin, and Carolyn Lhamon – back into the game, and let them put the hammer down.

And they did, closing the game on a 9-0 run, started by Keiper pounding down low and utterly annihilating her defender in the paint.

After that, her buddy in the post, Lhamon, snatched the spotlight, throwing down five of the game’s final seven points.

One bucket came on a nice roll to the hoop, set up by a pinpoint pass off the fingers of Georges, while another showcased Lhamon’s skills in the open court.

Leading a one-woman charge down the floor, Lhamon broke every bone in her defender’s body, faking left, then slashing hard to the right, all while on the move.

As the backpedaling Turk went down in a crumpled pile of misery and regret, the Wolf ace pulled the ball back into her body to keep it away from a different defender, then banged home the layup.

The run, one unbroken charge from coast to coast, was a thing of beauty, even more so coming from a player who gets the majority of her points working with her back to the basket.

Coupeville used sustained runs like that 9-0 swan song to set the pace all afternoon.

The Wolves closed the first quarter on an 8-2 surge, punctuated by Hayley Fiedler drilling the bottom of the bucket out with a long-range bomb.

In the second quarter, it was a 6-0 run to close the half, then, in the third, CMS capped the quarter with an 8-0 tear.

The one constant through it all was “The Assassin,” zippy guard Alita Blouin, who blew by the Turks for buckets, then jumped outside to nail a three-ball from the top of the arc.

Coupeville spread its offensive attack out nicely, with Blouin topping the scoring chart with nine points, while Lhamon banked home seven, and Keiper popped for five.

Georges (4), Gustafson (4), Fiedler (2), and Ryanne Knoblich (2), who looked deathly ill, yet hit the boards with her usual ferocity, rounded out the scoring.

Mixing and matching his lineups, Evans was able to get a whopping 16 players floor time.

Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Melanie Navarro, Jill Prince, Jordyn Rogers, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Cristine McGrath, Abigail Ramirez, and Adrian Burrows all saw action.

Camarena was a particular standout on this day, ripping down rebounds and playing an enforcer role.

In the midst of another Wolf win, this one coming in the final home game, the game’s enduring moment was crafted by a ref, however.

Coming out of halftime, one of the two officials was late to return to the floor. When he did, he turned and blindly lobbed the ball cross-court to his partner, only to drill a hapless Sultan player in the back of the head.

 

7th grade:

The Wolves were missing four players, including leading scorer Brionna Blouin, and fell 21-9.

The loss drops the young guns to 2-7 on the season.

Take away the first quarter, when Sultan romped to a 12-0 lead as the basket displayed a harsh, unforgiving nature whenever a Coupeville shot came its way, and the game was a tie.

Sparked by Lauren Marrs, who pumped in seven of her team’s points, the Wolves put up a strong fight over the game’s final 21 minutes.

Desi Ramirez finally got CMS on the board when she plucked a rebound free, then swished a fall-away shot over a sea of Turk arms with 2:30 left to play in the opening half.

Marrs immediately followed by gunning it up-court on Coupeville’s next possession, weaving through a pack of defenders jammed together in the paint, and slapping home a running layup.

But, just as quickly as the Wolves hit those back-to-back buckets, the basket went back to being a jerk, spitting out any and all offerings from CMS.

Other than a Marrs free throw right before halftime, Coupeville couldn’t get anything to drop until midway through the fourth quarter.

By that time the Wolves trailed 20-5, thanks to a couple of offensive rebound put-backs by the Turks, and a glaring lack of traveling calls being whistled on a Sultan team which seemed to have studied with James “I’ll take five steps, thanks” Harden.

Marrs finally broke the drought, with a pair of sweetly-crafted buckets.

On the first, she curled around the defense, then slashed through a tiny gap for a layup. The second, a breakaway bucket, was set up by a strong outlet pass from Mayne.

Each Wolf to see action chipped in with something, from Reese Wilkinson playing strongly on the boards, to Kaitlyn Leavell streaking down floor, ahead of the play, almost every single time.

Allison Nastali, Skylar Parker, Karyme Castro, and Erica McGrath rounded out the active roster, with all four fighting until the final buzzer for coach Megan Smith.

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Nezi Keiper tossed in seven points Wednesday as the CMS 8th graders pounded host Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a good day to be in Sultan, unless you played for the home team.

Rampaging through town like a horde of Vikings, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams left destruction in their path, winning two of three games played on the hardwood.

How the merry mayhem played out:

 

8th grade varsity:

Coupeville hammered the Turks through three quarters, before coasting home with a 35-12 win to stay undefeated.

The Wolves got started on getting to a crisp 2-0 start on the season with a 10-4 first quarter run, then steadily pulled away.

Four different CMS players scored in the opening frame, led by Nezi Keiper, who pounded home a pair of buckets.

The attitude of sharing spread from there, as five Wolves combined to shape a 9-2 second quarter surge.

Coupeville’s most dominant seven-minute stretch was in the third, as Maddie Georges and Carolyn Lhamon tossed in four points apiece to fuel a 10-2 run, before CMS closed the fourth with a mild 6-4 advantage.

Georges paced the Wolves with eight points, while Keiper popped for seven, and Lhamon netted six.

Ryanne Knoblich and Alita Blouin both added four points to the scoring explosion, Hayley Fiedler, Gwen Gustafson, and Jordyn Rogers chipped in with a bucket apiece, and Jill Prince was a terror on defense.

 

8th grade JV:

A defensive gem, as the Wolves limited the Turks to just a single bucket in both quarters played, claiming an 8-4 win.

The game was knotted up at 2-2 after the first seven minutes, with Coupeville’s lone bucket coming off the fingertips of Jessenia Camarena, but things changed after the break.

While a 6-2 run in the second quarter might not bring back memories of the Showtime-era Lakers, it was enough to lift the JV to its first win of the season.

Now 1-2 on the still-young season, the Wolves picked up a second-quarter basket from Cristina McGrath and two buckets by Trinity McGee to seal the deal.

Claire Mayne, Abigail Ramirez, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Adrian Burrows, Karyme Castro, Jessica Ross-McMahon, and Melanie Navarro rounded out the CMS roster.

 

7th grade varsity:

The lone loss of the day came down to the final moments, but a late Sultan surge carried it to a razor-thin 27-25 win.

With the defeat, Coupeville drops to 1-2 on the season.

The Wolves get an immediate chance to bounce back, however, as the 7th graders (and only the 7th graders) travel to Everett Thursday to play Northshore Christian Academy.

Facing off with Sultan, CMS put up a strong fight.

Trailing just 6-4 at the first break, and 14-9 at the half, the Wolves put together a sizzling 12-6 run across the third quarter with three players dropping in points.

Brionna Blouin worked the glass for six of her game-high 14 during the surge, while Lauren Marrs tossed in four and Desi Ramirez knocked down a bucket.

Back up by a single point heading into the fourth, Coupeville couldn’t quite hold on down the stretch, with a late Sultan three-ball being an especially sharp dagger.

With her 14 points, Blouin increased her lead in the season scoring race.

Sitting with 47 points after three games, she’s averaging 15.7 a night, while Georges, who has 22 in two 8th grade contests, is throwing down 11 a game.

Marrs, who was making her season debut, chipped in with seven points, including a three-ball of her own, while Ramirez rounded out things with four points.

Reese Wilkinson, Ava Mitten, Kaitlyn Leavell, Skylar Parker, Erica McGrath, Allison Nastali, Jackie Contreras, and Kayla Arnold gave coach Megan Smith multiple options to work with.

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CHS senior cheerleader Julie Bucio capped a busy week by performing at Wednesday’s basketball playoff game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolves (l to r) Ashleigh Battaglia, Mica Shipley, and Emily Fiedler take to the skies.

Fiedler stands tall in the spotlight.

The Wolves work the sidelines, while volleyball player Lucy Sandahl (far left, in the stands) is shocked to hear about the snow forecast.

Shipley, who’s been doing competition cheer since she was a little girl, is an old pro at this kind of thing.

Battaglia and Fiedler get an airborne workout.

They got a well-deserved curtain call.

Days after claiming 3rd place at state, while competing for the first time since 2011, the Coupeville High School cheer squad returned to its own gym Wednesday night.

With snow and ice throwing the district basketball playoffs into disarray, CHS unexpectedly found itself hosting a home game, which gave the Wolf cheerleaders a chance to work the sidelines one more time.

In a nice bit of coincidence, the visiting team was Sultan, which brought its own cheerleaders along.

The Turk cheer squad claimed the 1A state title in Coupeville’s class, Game Day Small, and the coaches from the two North Sound Conference schools became new best friends during the big meet.

Keeping that friendship going, the two cheer squads joined together at halftime Wednesday to pull off a joint performance.

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Ema Smith scored 10 points Wednesday, including hitting a pair of three-balls, as Coupeville knocked off Sultan in its playoff opener. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Seize the moment.

Handed an unexpected home playoff game Wednesday, thanks to snow and ice derailing the first two days of the district playoffs, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team rose to the occasion.

Using a third-quarter that was filled with equal parts offensive fire and defensive grit, the Wolves blew open a close game with Sultan, eventually strolling home with a 48-37 win in front of their enthusiastic home fans.

The victory, the fifth in the last seven games for Coupeville, evens its record at 9-9, heading into a second loser-out playoff game.

That bout, tentatively set for Friday, sends the Wolves to Shoreline to play North Sound Conference champ King’s. The Knights are 16-5 after being bopped 65-48 by Lynden Christian, the #2 seed from the Northwest Conference.

With another snow storm expected to arrive Friday night, there is a chance the game will be moved to Thursday.

Whichever day it’s played, the winner punches their ticket to bi-districts, while the loser packs up their stuff and heads for the season-ending banquet.

The weather has put a crimp in how the postseason is proceeding, but hasn’t seemed to faze the Wolves.

The snow and ice which smashed Washington state delayed the start of the District 1 tourney, and what was supposed to be a double-elimination event was changed into a modified single-elimination one.

With the change, CHS went from opening on the road to hosting a game, while drawing a lesser-ranked opponent.

But, with the change, the Wolves also lost any chance to have a bad game and still be able to bounce back.

If the fact Wednesday’s game was a loser-out affair, it didn’t seem to bother Coupeville’s players, who came out looking relaxed and with a bounce in their step.

Given an extra home game, senior captains Lindsey Roberts and Ema Smith embraced the situation, combining to score 26 points while driving the Turk defenders batty.

The duo kicked off the game by hitting three-balls, with Smith drilling hers from the top of the arc, while Roberts was waiting when teammate Hannah Davidson yanked down a rebound and whirled, firing a beautifully-placed kick-out pass.

Lofting the ball almost as soon as it hit her fingertips, Roberts erased Sultan’s only lead of the game, with her trey putting the Wolves up 6-4.

A pair of free throws from Chelsea Prescott and a hustle basket from Ema Smith later, and CHS headed to the first break up 10-6.

Smith’s bucket came off of an offensive rebound which hit the hands of two players as it shot backwards, before popping straight up in the air.

Floating in the airspace above the paint, “Ema the Electrifying” speared the ball while dancing through a mass of defenders, then flipped the orb back up and in, barely ruffling the net as she did.

The second quarter was the lowest-scoring frame of the night, with both teams exchanging defensive stands more than popping buckets.

Roberts, playing on mom Sherry’s birthday, provided much of the second-quarter fireworks with a three-point play earned the hard way.

Pump-faking her defender into the still-frosty parking lot, the four-year varsity vet spun past her, crashed hard to the hoop and slapped home the bucket.

Then, grimacing slightly as she let the burn of an elbow she took to the noggin settle in, the unflappable one zipped the “and-one” free throw through the bottom of the net.

It was one of two truly standout offensive plays in the quarter, the other provided by Scout Smith and Prescott, as the former whipped a pass half the length of the court, feeding her younger teammate for a breakaway layup.

Making the play sweeter, and more highlight-reel-worthy, a lonely Sultan defender almost got back in time to stop Prescott.

Almost.

Showing composure under fire, the Wolf sophomore slowed her roll at just the right moment, let the Turk fly by out of control, then stepped strong to the glass and made dang sure the ball went down and stayed down.

As the teams went to the locker room at halftime, it felt like a game in which Coupeville was very much in control.

The scoreboard however, showing just a 17-11 Wolf lead, gave the Turks some hope.

Enter Roberts, fire shooting from her eyes, and exit Sultan, staggered, unable to slow down, much less stop, a Cow Town hoops legend who exited by reminding all of us just how good she can be.

There has never been a moment in her prep career when Lou, daughter of two CHS Athlete of the Year winners, has been anything less than a varsity player, in any of her three sports.

The rare athlete who can’t tell you what a JV game feels like, the next-to-last star in her large, extended family (lil’ bro Landon is on his way), Lindsey Roberts has been the real deal, every step of the way.

In track, her blazing feet do her talking. In soccer, her bionic kicking leg shatters the atmosphere.

But in basketball, Roberts has played many roles in the past four years, from rebounder to defensive ace to Scottie Pippen-style running mate.

Wednesday night, in her final appearance on the CHS hardwood, she truly stepped up and, without maybe saying the words out loud, screamed “Give me the dang ball if you want to live!”

It showed every time she touched the leather, especially in the third quarter, an eight-minute stand in which she, and her teammates, smacked Sultan into the bleachers.

Roberts kicked things off, taking a pass from Prescott, then going all Matrix, sliding between four defenders in the paint for an emphatic bucket.

After that came a jumper in the paint, in which she elevated, hung in the air for about 37 seconds, then spiked the ball through the net with a line-drive shot which melted the face of the Turk closest to her.

Not content to stop there, Roberts pulled off another three-point play the hard way, and doing so with the kind of power move in the paint which caused Sultan’s coach to stagger back, as if he, and not his players, had just been gut-punched.

With their fleet-footed supernova running wild, the Wolves ramped up their defense, then took turns raining down buckets from all angles.

Ema Smith let another three-ball splat, Scout Smith nailed a pull-up three-ball of her own, then Davidson pulled off her own power bucket in the paint, before Avalon Renninger got fancy.

Weaving with the ball, the junior guard snapped her defender’s ankles off, then pulled up on a dime and rimmed home a left-handed runner which sent the Wolf bench into a rolling wave of joy and hysteria.

Capping the quarter, freshman Ja’Kenya Hoskins sprinted up court, reversed direction, then shot into the air, and, out-leaping a Turk, picked off a long pass, preventing Sultan from getting a final shot off.

With all the buckets raining down, to the tune of a 22-11 Wolf run in the third, Hoskins play could have easily gotten lost in the noise.

But it shouldn’t, as it was the final, thrilling nail puncturing the Sultan balloon, and letting all the air spill out across the floor.

The Turks, to their credit, pulled things back together, and thanks to some seriously erratic reffing in the fourth, managed to get to the line a fair amount.

Not enough of their freebies slid through the net, though, and down the stretch, Coupeville kept things safe with some nicely-crafted buckets.

On one, Roberts drove the baseline, came out on the other side, then hopped into the air and fed Scout Smith, who drained the jumper as dad Chris screamed like a banshee.

On another, Davidson, playing as aggressive and confident in the paint as she has at any time in her Wolf career, backed down her defender and banked home a gorgeous turn-around shot.

And yes, dad Micheal was screaming like a banshee, as well.

The playoff win was a showcase in balance, with seven of 10 active players scoring, led by Roberts with 16 and Ema Smith with 10.

Both players made inroads on snagging personal achievements, as well.

Roberts, who sits with 448 points, passed Maureen Wetmore (438) and is tied with Vanessa Davis for #18 on the Wolf girls career scoring chart.

Wrapping up her second varsity season, Ema Smith made the jump into the top 50, moving past Lisa Roehl (216) and Beth Mouw (216), and into a tie at #49 with Annette Jameson (223).

The young guns also chipped in, with Scout Smith knocking down eight points, Prescott reaching 100 on the season with six, Davidson rattling home four, and Renninger notching two.

Freshman Izzy Wells rounded out the scoring attack, scoring the game’s final bucket on a nicely-executed bank shot.

Roberts paced the Wolves on the boards with seven, while Scout Smith collected five rebounds, two steals and two assists while running the point almost flawlessly.

Hoskins and Nicole Laxton combined to pull down five rebounds, with defensive hawk Tia Wurzrainer harassing Turk ball-handlers into committing countless mistakes.

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