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Coupeville’s Savina Wells (middle), Jada Heaton (right) and Taylor Brotemarkle (headband) clamp down on defense. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans has been a steady point guard for the Wolves.

Lauren Marrs is a deadly outside shooter.

Mia Farris gave Coupeville “a spark on defense” Saturday.

One basket away from a major upset.

Playing their “best game of the year,” the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad rallied late Saturday, but fell just shy of toppling powerhouse Mount Baker in a 26-25 thriller.

Returning to action after their bye week, the Wolves stormed back from seven down with 3:30 to play, but needed a tick or two more on the clock to make the miracle fully happen.

“With another possession or two, I would have loved our chances, as I felt the momentum was on our side,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Everyone got involved and our team passing was much improved.

“Real proud of all the girls, who impressed me with their teamwork, energy, and effort!”

CMS 7th grader Savina Wells paced the Wolves with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, while Lauren Marrs knocked down seven points.

Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Brionna Blouin chipped in with a bucket apiece, with Marti’s basket, her first of the season, coming off of “a great offensive rebound and put back.”

After falling behind early, the Wolves played strongly in the second half, with everyone on the 12-player roster chipping in with a contribution.

Coupeville got the looks it wanted, but the basket didn’t always play fair.

“We got up a lot of good open shots that just didn’t fall,” Fred Farris said. “Savina was a force on the boards again and Lyla (Stuurmans) really did a great job against their pressure.

Lauren really stepped up in a leadership role and helped rally the girls to a frantic late game comeback,” he added. “Mia (Farris) and Taylor (Brotemarkle) really gave us a spark on defense in their limited time on the court.”

Stuurmans snared seven rebounds, with McMillan and Brotemarkle making off with four apiece.

Skylar Parker, Jada Heaton, Chloe Marzocca, and Reese Wilkinson rounded out the Wolf roster.

Coupeville returns to Skagit County the next two Saturdays as the SWISH season wraps up.

The Wolves close the regular season Dec. 7 with a doubleheader against Friday Harbor and Mount Baker, then compete in the postseason tourney the following weekend.

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Jada Heaton lines up a free throw. (Corinn Parker photos)

Savina Wells slices ‘n dices the defense.

Wolves (l to r) Chloe Marzocca, Lauren Marrs, and Skylar Parker ponder the fate of the universe.

Taylor Brotemarkle, gettin’ ready to wreck people.

Reese Wilkinson and Savina Wells wait for a rebound.

Katie Marti (far left) and Heaton get out on the run, as Wells pushes the ball.

Lyla Stuurmans is locked in.

Coupeville coach Fred Farris lays down some hoops wisdom to a receptive audience.

Heaton enjoys her time on the court.

No games, but plenty of pics.

The Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team had a rare bye Saturday, giving the Wolves a chance to rest up for the stretch run.

With three weeks left in the season, we take a moment to catch up, and peruse some photos.

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Wolf hoop stars (l to r) Madison McMillan, Katie Marti, and Jada Heaton are ready to rumble. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

Savina Wells (5) calls for the ball during a recent game, while Brionna Blouin backs her up. (Corinn Parker photos)

Lyla Stuurmans doesn’t crack under pressure.

Call it the big bounce-back.

Two weeks after falling to the Mount Bakery Mariners by 17 points, the Coupeville 7th grade SWISH girls basketball team got some thrilling revenge.

Storming from behind to force overtime Saturday, the Wolves won 22-20 on a pressure-packed bucket in extra time from Savina Wells.

The win lifts Coupeville to 1-4 on the season headed into their bye week.

The Wolves have three league games remaining on the schedule — a single clash Nov. 30, followed by a doubleheader Dec. 7.

Coupeville, which is playing in the silver division in a league run by Skagit County Parks and Recreation, competes Dec. 14 in the seven-team postseason tourney.

Saturday’s thriller was a back-and-forth affair, with the Wolves taking an 11-7 lead to the halftime break, before the Mariners rallied.

Mt. Bakery pulled ahead 14-11 thanks to a hot streak, but Coupeville battled back, with every girl on the floor bringing their best.

“It was fun to watch,” said Wolf coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed and brought energy on every possession.

“These ladies are growing so much everyday.”

Wanting to keep Lauren Marrs free to shoot, while giving Savina Wells a chance to dominate in the post, Fred Farris handed the ball to Lyla Stuurmans, and let the scrappy guard dictate play.

Lyla is a born leader!,” Fred Farris said. “She was so strong handling the ball for us against their full-court pressure.”

She wasn’t the only Wolf to step up, either.

Savina played amazing, making some great passes to teammates after breaking down the defense,” Fred Farris said. “Madison (McMillan) was a force on the boards, and Mia (Farris) was a spark plug off the bench on defense.

Chloe (Marzocca) made a very big bucket near the end of the first half,” he added. “It was great to have Lauren back; we needed every one of her points.”

Wells paced the Wolves with a team-high 10 points, including her winner in overtime, while also putting together “another 2,000-rebound game.”

Marrs chipped in with seven points, while McMillan (3), and Marzocca (2) tickled the twine.

Coupeville’s hard-charging roster also includes Taylor Brotemarkle, Katie Marti, Jada Heaton, Brionna Blouin, Reese Wilkinson, and Skylar Parker.

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Skylar Parker, seen last spring, is part of a hard-playing Coupeville SWISH basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Weather the storm, build for the future.

Playing without its starting point guard, the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team faced tough competition Saturday, but held up well.

The Wolves dropped a close one to “a very good Monroe team,” falling 30-25, before tiredness became a factor in a 22-10 loss to Mount Vernon.

While the losses leave Coupeville at 0-4 on the season, coach Fred Farris remains impressed by how his young, very-inexperienced team continues to show growth.

“The girls played their tails off,” he said. “It’s remarkable how far these girls have come in such a short time, especially considering all but four of the girls have essentially no experience.

“Couldn’t be prouder of their effort.”

The Wolves were without Lauren Marrs, their primary ball handler and a potent scorer, who is battling through a back injury.

Even without her talent as a distributor, Coupeville battled back from 10 down against Monroe to pull within 26-25.

Savina Wells, who paced the Wolves in scoring in both contests Saturday, had “a good look rim out” with two minutes to play, while a follow up put-back from Jada Heaton refused to stay in the bucket, going in, then popping back out.

Without Marrs in the lineup, “Mia (Farris) and Lyla (Stuurmans) were thrust into ball-handling duties and did an admirable job.”

Fred Farris also praised Madison McMillan, who “was everywhere, on the boards and on defense, and scored two big baskets during the comeback.”

Savina was her usual reliable self,” he added. “It felt like she had 2000 rebounds in the two games and really took charge when we needed her to.”

Coupeville had to bounce right back after its narrow opening loss, playing Mount Vernon less than 10 minutes after the first game ended.

“The girls were clearly gassed and Mount Vernon’s “packed in” 2-3 zone made it tough for us to get to the basket and we struggled to hit outside shots,” Fred Farris said.

“The refs let the game get too physical on both sides, and that, with a very slippery La Venture Middle School gym floor made for a very chippy second half.”

Wells paced the Wolves, dropping 12 points in the opener and another seven in the nightcap, while Brionna Blouin went for five and three.

McMillan (4), Stuurmans (3), and Mia Farris (1) also scored against Monroe.

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Reese Wilkinson (with ball) and Brionna Blouin are part of the new Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells can fill up a stat sheet.

The middle school hoops star threw down 22 points and snatched 24 rebounds across two games Saturday, as the Coupeville 7th/8th grade SWISH girls basketball squad played its first regular season games.

While the young Wolves — seven players, including Wells, are 7th graders — fell just short in both contests, they showed great promise.

“The games were very competitive, and all 11 girls got significant playing time,” said Coupeville coach Fred Farris. “Savina played her tail off in both games and really kept us in it.”

The Wolves stayed close, before falling 34-21 to Lynden United and 30-17 to the Mt. “Bakery” Mariners.

In the opener, Coupeville opened up a 12-4 lead, but couldn’t hold on against a withering full-court press and Lynden’s six-foot girl in the middle, who scored mainly off of offensive rebounds.

The Wolves were still within five points with two minutes to play, but a late 8-0 run by Lynden stretched the final margin out.

In the nightcap, the other team’s veterans ran Coupeville’s first-timers a bit ragged, but Farris was pleased with how his newcomers responded.

“Mt. Bakery just really outworked us,” he said. “But we got some real strong efforts from Taylor (Brotemarkle), Katie (Marti), Mia (Farris), and Jada (Heaton), who all had significant floor time for the first time in their “new sport.”

“Very proud of the fight these ladies showed today!,” Fred Farris added. “We learned a lot and have lots to work on this week.”

Lauren Marrs tossed in 13 points across the two games, including hitting a three-ball against Lynden, while Lyla Stuurmans netted Coupeville’s other three points on the weekend.

Wells had four steals and a blocked shot, Mia Farris dealt out two assists and eight Wolves had at least two rebounds.

Marrs (6), Brionna Blouin (5), Madison McMillan (3), Brotemarkle (2), Mia Farris (2), Skylar Parker (2), and Stuurmans (2), all chipped in to support Wells in cleaning the glass.

Coupeville gets right back at it next weekend, when it travels to Mount Vernon to play another double-header.

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