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Though only a 6th grader, Savina Wells played a major role for a Coupeville 8th grade SWISH team which finished 7-3 this season. (Katy Wells photo)

Wolf hoops coach Lark Gustafson poses with his favorite player, daughter Gwen. (Irene Gustafson photos)

Back (l to r) Brionna Blouin, Ryan Georges, Ryanne Knoblich, Savina Wells, Carolyn Lhamon, Lauren Marrs, Lark Gustafson. Front: Nezi Keiper, Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges.

They walked in the gym door as winners, and walked out as winners.

The Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team opened its season Nov. 3 with a big victory, and officially closed its season Saturday with another huge triumph.

Bouncing back from a one-play loss to Mount Vernon in the morning, the Wolves shredded Orcas Island in the afternoon finale, earning a split and 4th place at their league tourney.

That capped a 7-3 season for Coupeville, which will now send most of its players on to the middle school hoops season which begins in late Jan.

The team’s leading rebounder, Savina Wells, is the lone Wolf among a roster of 10 who can’t play for CMS this season.

That’s because, unlike her teammates, she’s still in 6th grade, and has a year before she’s eligible for middle school sports.

 

Saturday’s results:

 

Tough loss:

Coupeville led Mount Vernon Judd and Black for much of the game, but watched things slip away in the 4th and fell 24-22.

The Wolves jumped out to a 6-4 lead after one quarter, fueled by four points from Maddie Georges, then (slightly) stretched things out to 10-7 at the half.

Mount Vernon hung tough, though, carving off a point in the third, then closing things with a game-busting 9-5 surge in the final frame.

Georges paced Coupeville with seven points, while Alita Blouin and Gwen Gustafson banked home six apiece, and Wells knocked down three.

 

Strong swan song:

The Wolves bounced back in their second game, swatting Orcas 23-12, with seven of 10 Wolves scoring.

The first half was a defensive struggle, with Coupeville clinging to a 6-3 lead.

After the break, things got much spicier, as the Wolves went on a game-ending 17-9 surge across the third and fourth quarters.

Georges continued to have the hottest of hot hands, topping Coupeville with six points, while Wells (5), Gustafson (4), Brionna Blouin (3), Ryanne Knoblich (2), Carolyn Lhamon (2), and Alita Blouin (1) also scored.

Lauren Marrs, Nezi Keiper, and Hayley Fielder all saw floor time, and all made contributions.

That continued a season-long trend, as a hallmark of the team coached by Lark Gustafson was its balance.

Every one of the 10 Wolf girls brought their own special talents to the floor, and they meshed well as a group, putting a positive glow on the future of Coupeville girls basketball.

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Alita Blouin knocked down 14 points Saturday as Coupeville’s SWISH basketball team split a doubleheader. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

On to the postseason, and don’t spare the gas.

The Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad closed the regular season Saturday, splitting a pair of games to run its record to a crisp 6-2.

The Wolves, playing without back-court ace Savina Wells, who was on a family trip, hung tough with high-powered Victorious Hoops, before falling 33-18 in their opener.

Then, they rebounded and drilled Arlington 28-9 in the nightcap.

Now it’s on to the league tournament, which goes down in Mount Vernon Dec. 15.

Saturday, the twin terrors that are Alita Blouin and Maddie Georges paced the Wolf scoring attack, rattling home 15 and 10 points, respectively, across the two games.

Lauren Marrs and Nezi Keiper each added six, Carolyn Lhamon slapped home five and Gwen Gustafson banked in four.

Keiper led Coupeville on the glass, ripping down 16 rebounds, while Lhamon snagged 11 and Gustafson corralled five.

Ryanne Knoblich, Brionna Blouin and Hayley Fieldler rounded out the active roster for the doubleheader.

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Carolyn Lhamon had seven points and seven rebounds Saturday as Coupeville’s SWISH hoops squad rolled to a big win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Right back at it.

Bouncing back strongly from its first loss of the season, the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team got back on the winning side of things Saturday, drilling Orcas Island 34-9.

The win lifts the Wolves to 5-1 heading into the final weekend of regular-season play.

Coupeville plays a doubleheader Dec. 8, facing Victorious Hoops and Arlington, then wades into the fray of the league tourney Dec. 15.

Saturday’s game was all about domination, as the Wolves sprinted out to a 12-0 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

By the time it was done, Coupeville had gotten points from seven of its 10 players and outscored Orcas in all four quarters of play.

Carolyn Lhamon paced the Wolves with seven points, while Maddie Georges and Alita Blouin tickled the twine for six apiece.

Brionna Blouin and Savina Wells each added five, with Blouin netting a long three-ball, while Gwen Gustafson knocked down three and Nezi Keiper popped for two.

Coupeville controlled the glass all game, with Wells, a 6th grader playing two grades up, yanking down a game-high 15 rebounds.

Lhamon (7) and Keiper (6) provided support on the boards, while Ryanne Knoblich, Lauren Marrs and Gustafson all pulled down two rebounds apiece.

Hayley Fiedler, a scrapper on defense, rounded out the Wolf squad.

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Gwen Gustafson scored a team-high five points Saturday for the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Turnabout is fair play. I guess.

Using a key fourth-quarter surge Saturday to nail down the win, Mount Vernon Christian avenged an early-season loss to the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team.

The Wolves entered the final frame trailing by just three, but an 11-4 run by their foes led to a 33-23 defeat.

The loss drops Coupeville to 4-1 on the season, with three regular-season games left to play over the next two weekends.

When these two squads met the first time, back in the season opener, it was the Wolves who came out on top 26-18.

This time around, it was a brawl, for three quarters at least.

Coupeville, getting points from four different players, surged to a 7-6 lead after one quarter, before MVC used 7-5 and 9-7 runs over the next two quarters to claim control of the game.

Free throws were a bugaboo for both teams, but the Wolves, while shooting a slightly higher percentage, were stung by how many points they left on the rim.

MVC only hit 3 of 12 charity shots, but Coupeville, at 7-23, could have reversed the flow of the game with a better run at the stripe.

The Wolves split up their scoring between seven players, with Gwen Gustafson and Maddie Georges topping the team with five points apiece.

Alita Blouin and Savina Wells each tossed in four, while Nezi Keiper (2), Brionna Blouin (2) and Carolyn Lhamon (1) rounded out the offensive attack.

The Hurricanes countered with a two-woman onslaught, as a pair of MVC players combined to rattle home 29 of their team’s 33 points.

Wells, a 6th grader playing two grades up, paced Coupeville on the boards, snagging 10 caroms, while Lhamon snatched seven and Keiper reeled in four.

The Wolves got something from everyone on their 10-player roster, with Hayley Fiedler and Ryanne Knoblich chipping in with two rebounds each, while Lauren Marrs played strongly on defense.

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Hayley Fiedler, seen here last spring, is off to a 4-0 start with the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Can’t be stopped. Won’t be denied.

Playing two very different types of ballgames Saturday, the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team responded the only way it knows – by winning.

After overcoming a tough South Whidbey squad, escaping with a hard-fought, come-from-behind 28-25 win, the Wolves drilled far-less-competitive Orcas Island, using a withering defense to romp to a 22-9 victory.

The doubleheader sweep, coming on the road at Mount Vernon, lifts Coupeville to 4-0 at the halfway point of the Skagit County Parks and Rec League regular season.

The Wolves have a single game on both Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, each against teams they have previously beaten, then close with a doubleheader Dec. 8.

The league’s postseason tourney is set for Dec. 15.

With two games on the schedule Saturday, Coupeville got its big test out of the way early.

South Whidbey, led by sweet-shooting gunner Madison Knauer, who banged home four three-balls on her way to a game-high 16 points, jumped out to an early lead.

Down by four at the first break, the Wolves responded with an 8-3 run in the second quarter.

Shutting down the Falcon shooters, then pounding the ball inside to Carolyn Lhamon, who knocked down two big buckets, Coupeville reclaimed the lead and control of the game.

What the Wolves couldn’t do was pull away, as a 14-13 halftime lead turned into a 23-22 advantage after a back-and-fourth third quarter.

Coupeville finally put the hammer down in the fourth, thanks to buckets from Alita Blouin and Nezi Keiper, a free-throw from Blouin and another burst of stifling defense.

Lhamon paced the Wolves with eight points and six rebounds, while Blouin (7), Keiper (6), Maddie Georges (4), Gwen Gustafson (2), and Savina Wells (1) also scored.

Keiper led Coupeville on the boards, snagging eight caroms, with Georges glomming on to seven and Wells pulling down four.

The nightcap was much more of a one-sided affair, as the Wolves sprinted out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter, then stretched it to a 14-5 bulge at the half before coasting home.

Wells, a quicksilver 6th grader playing two grades up, tossed in a team-high six points and reeled in five rebounds.

Georges, Blouin and Lhamon added four points apiece, while Lauren Marrs and Keiper both dropped in a bucket.

Lhamon, Georges and Keiper tied for top honors with six rebounds each, and spark-plugs Hayley Fiedler (4) and Ryanne Knoblich (3) helped clean the glass.

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