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Jacobi Pilgrim rises up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maddie Georges slices through the defense.

From the slowest week of the season to the busiest.

Snow, ice, and school closings limited Coupeville High School basketball teams to just a single game last week, but the days ahead should be much busier.

As they scramble to make up games, the Wolf varsity squads will get plenty of floor time.

On the girls side of the ball, CHS travels three times this coming week, playing at Granite Falls Monday, at Cedar Park Christian Friday, and at Port Townsend Saturday.

The Wolf boys have an even-busier schedule, with four tilts, two at home, and two on the road.

Monday, Coupeville is home to face Cedar Park, before travelling to Shoreline Tuesday to face King’s, then on to Bothell Friday for a quick rematch with CPC.

A busy week reaches its conclusion Saturday, with Port Townsend headed to Whidbey.

As we wait for tipoff, an up-to-the-moment look at where things sit, through games played January 18:


North Sound Conference girls basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 3-0 12-2
CPC-Bothell 5-1 11-5
Coupeville 3-1 8-3
South Whidbey 2-4 7-9
Sultan 1-4 4-9
Granite Falls 0-4 3-12


North Sound Conference boys basketball:

School League Overall
King’s 4-0 8-7
South Whidbey 3-1 11-3
CPC-Bothell 2-3 7-7
Sultan 2-3 4-10
Coupeville 1-2 4-7
Granite Falls 1-4 3-11

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Cody Roberts helped key a huge comeback Friday, as Coupeville’s JV toppled South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Crunch time is their time.

The Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team is liberally sprinkled with guys who love the spotlight, who live to (metaphorically) gut rivals and leave them to bleed out on the floor.

So Friday night’s rumble against South Whidbey, capped with an electrifying come-from-behind victory, while thrilling, wasn’t especially surprising.

But satisfying? Oh, absolutely.

Charging back from a 14-point halftime deficit, the Wolves used a 27-point explosion in the fourth quarter to KO their hosts 70-63.

Coupeville’s third-straight win, it lifts the JV to 3-0 in North Sound Conference play, 7-3 overall.

The victory is big in the moment. But it’s also a clarion call for the future.

With all but two players on this year’s CHS varsity squad being seniors, the auditions for JV players hoping to move up next year is ongoing.

And, to a man, the younger Wolves are letting people know — they’re coming, and they’re coming for all the wins.

Friday’s tilt actually looked like it might be a South Whidbey romp in the early going, as the Falcons eased out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Coupeville got closer during the second frame, but still headed to the locker room trailing 35-21 at the half.

Enter X-Man.

Sophomore sensation Xavier Murdy, having recovered from a preseason injury, is finally back on the floor and splitting time between the varsity and JV.

That limited him to just two quarters of action in Friday’s undercard, but he made every second on the floor count.

After warming up with a quick five points in the third, part of a 22-13 CHS surge, Murdy went off for 14 in the fourth frame, keying a 27-15 run across the game’s final eight minutes.

X-Man drained 9-10 free throws to supplement a variety of field goals, but he wasn’t the only Wolf to sting South Whidbey at crunch time.

Cody Roberts also came up big in the fourth, banking in six points, while Logan Martin and Grady Rickner popped for four and three in the quarter, respectively.

Dominating play in the second half to a 49-28 tune, Coupeville finished the night with 10 of 13 players scoring.

Xavier Murdy led the way with 19, all in the second half, while Martin hit for 12, Grady Rickner notched nine, and Roberts sank eight.

Rounding out the balanced attack were Daniel Olson (7), Sage Downes (7), Alex Murdy (4), Miles Davidson (2), Chris Cernick (2), and Andrew Aparicio (2), while Alex Jimenez, TJ Rickner, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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Nick Armstrong, seen during football season, scored six points Friday as Coupeville’s C-Team basketball squad battled South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every time out, a positive.

A fairly-inexperienced band of Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball players continue to show improvement, and Friday’s trip to Langley was no exception.

While the young Wolves fell 56-28 to host South Whidbey, it was one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Plus, a huge chunk of the points came from two guys who haven’t had much chance to put the ball in the hoop this season, always a good sign.

Friday night it was time for Nick Armstrong and Coen Killian to shine, and the duo came through, dropping in a season-high six points apiece.

Add a team-high eight points for go-go guard Dominic Coffman, six for inside enforcer Ben Smith — back in action after a sustained bout with illness — and two for Brayden Coatney, and the offensive attack was nicely-balanced.

While they didn’t score Friday, Coupeville also got strong work from Ty Hamilton, Caleb Sonntag, Josh Upchurch, and Alex Wasik.

The Wolf young guns are set to see tons of floor time this coming week, unless Mother Nature rears her vindictive head.

The C-Team hosts Cedar Park Christian Monday, travels to King’s Tuesday and CPC Friday, then plays a doubleheader in Granite Falls next Saturday.

The Wolves will face-off with both the host Tigers and Sultan that day.

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Morgan Stevens and the Coupeville JV are a crisp 6-3 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mark February 4 on your calendar, cause that’s revenge night.

After being nipped at the very end of a tense struggle with arch-rival South Whidbey Friday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team is all about the pay-back.

The Wolves may have fallen 30-28, absorbing the first ding on their league record, but they’ll be ready for the rematch.

“I’m really proud of these girls and the work they have put in so far this season,” said Wolf JV coach Megan Smith.

“We played really hard and had some fantastic moments!,” she added. “In the end, they just outhustled us and came out on top.

“But we’ll get them when they come to our house!”

Friday’s loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to a still spiffy 3-1 in North Sound Conference play, 6-3 overall.

Back on the floor for the first time in a week, after surviving Snowmageddon 2020, the Wolves had a little trouble with their shooting touch in the early going Friday night.

Unable to hit from the floor, all CHS could rustle up was a free throw apiece from Ella Colwell and Abby Mulholland, and trailed 8-2 at the first break.

And then, in an instant, the Wolves flipped a switch, running off more than half their points during a 17-7 second-quarter explosion.

Freshman Gwen Gustafson flipped the nets skyward, dropping in six in the frame, while Savana Allen and Mulholland added four apiece, and just like that, Coupeville was in the lead.

Up 19-15 at the half, the Wolves were still ahead 23-21 after three quarters, and had their chances to take the game in the fourth.

While it wasn’t to be, CHS did get balanced scoring, with Gustafson pacing the squad with eight points.

She was joined in the scoring column by Mulholland (7), Allen (6), Colwell (3), Alita Blouin (2), and Ryanne Knoblich (2), while Morgan Stevens and Jessenia Camarena also saw floor time.

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Senior sharpshooter Scout Smith rattled the rims for 13 Friday as Coupeville bounced arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were a two-woman wrecking crew.

Outscoring South Whidbey by themselves Friday, Scout Smith and birthday girl Chelsea Prescott torched the nets for 13 points apiece, lifting the Coupeville High School varsity girls hoops squad to a major rivalry win.

Getting stronger as the night went on, the Wolves rolled to a 34-25 road win in Langley, improving to 3-1 in North Sound Conference action.

Now 8-3 overall, Coupeville won by clamping down on defense, hitting some key three-balls, and overcoming another shaky night at the free throw line.

The Wolves connected on just 3-12 at the charity stripe, continuing a season-long struggle, but made up for it in every other facet of the game.

On the day she celebrated her 17th birthday, Prescott had the hot hand early, banking in five points in the opening quarter to stake CHS to a 10-8 lead.

From there, the Wolves steadily pulled away, using 10-4 and 10-6 surges across the next two frames to build a 30-18 lead heading into the fourth.

Prescott continued to bang away on the offensive end, while her senior running mate found life fun behind the three-point arc.

Smith drained a pair of three-balls in the second quarter, then came back for another trey in the third, offering up something South Whidbey had no answers for on this night.

With their twin 13-point efforts, both of Coupeville’s shooting stars continue to climb up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, which covers 1974-2020.

Smith, now with 239 points, jumps from #50 to #46, passing Mikayla Elfrank (227), Ema Smith (228), Hilary Kortuem (231), and Breeanna Messner (235).

Prescott, just a junior, has tallied 224 points as a high school player, and is on the cusp of also breaking into the Top 50.

She moved from #54 to #51 Friday, elbowing past Beth Mouw (216), Lisa Roehl (216), and Annette Jameson (223).

Coupeville also got scoring from Avalon Renninger (4), Maddie Georges (2), and Hannah Davidson (2) Friday, while Carolyn Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Tia Wurzrainer, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh saw floor time.

Renninger reached a milestone of her own, as her final point of the night, a third-quarter free throw, was the 100th of her career.

Friday’s win kicked off a five-game road trip for the Wolves, who are scheduled to play three times next week.

CHS travels to Granite Falls Monday, Cedar Park Christian Friday, and Port Townsend Saturday.

The first and third games are make-up games after snow and wind, respectively, got in the way the first time around.

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