Coupeville first in Cascade League

No, it isn’t a dream, the Wolf Pack girls’ basketball team is on top of the Cascade League with a perfect 4-0 record.

Who would have thought at the beginning of the season, with new head coach Blake Severns putting in a new system, things could have turned around in such a dramatic fashion.

Last year, Coupeville won just a single league game and finished with a 5-19 overall record, but this year it is an entirely different proposition.

This past weekend was just a sample the kind of team the red, black and white puts on the floor these days as the Wolves defeated Sultan 42-32 at home Friday night and then went on the road Saturday night and knocked off King’s 42-37.

The Wolves are boasting a 7-3 overall record and have their sights set on being the league’s No.-1 seed going into the district playoffs later in the season.

Earlier in the season, Severns said it seems like he has a different girl who steps up her level of play in every game and against the Sultan Turks Friday night, it was Ashley Manker who paced the Wolf Pack.

Manker scored a game-high 14 points, teammate Megan Smith had 11 and Paige Muller scored six points.

“The biggest thing for us against Sultan was adjusting to their full-court press and speed,” Severns said. “At one point in the game, they were ahead 10-3. After we made the adjustments, we were all right.”

Coupeville got their scoring game together and at one time in the third quarter had an 11 point, 37-26 lead.

At King’s High School Saturday evening, it was a bit of a struggle to earn league win number four.

Coupeville held a 19-8 halftime lead, but the Knights rallied with 21 points in the third period to shave the lead to 31-29 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.

With 2:30 left on the clock, King’s Mackenzie Taylor hit a basket to tie the score 37-37 — but the Wolves hung tough down the stretch.

Over the final two minutes, Coupeville held the Knights scoreless and won the game by converting three of four free throws as the clock wound down.

“After they made a huge run at us in the third quarter, we really buckled down and played good defense,” Severns said. “Our effort has been great and I am very pleased with the consistency we’ve shown in the games we’ve won. We always score in the 40-point range while holding our opponents to 30 points.”

Smith led the way against King’s with a game-high 14 points, senior Shawna West was the second Coupeville player in double figures with 10 and Manker tossed in six points.

Coupeville’s next home game is Friday, Jan. 11, against Cedarcrest. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.

Wolves split Cascade league games

A 62-56 overtime victory on the road Friday night against Sultan may have taken a little starch out of the Coupeville High School boys basketball team as King’s High School came to town on Saturday and trimmed the Wolves 67-44.

Against Sultan, Coupeville’s Kramer O’Keefe poured in a game-high 24 points, in an up and down game.

The Wolves held an 18-12 lead after the first quarter, but then tallied only six points in the second period to trail 25-24 at halftime.

In the third period, the Turks nudged ahead outscoring the Wolves 19-14, but Coupeville battled back holding Sultan to just six points in the final quarter to tie the score 50-50 and send the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, Coupeville’s defense remained tough, once again surrendering only six points, while the offense responded with 12 points to secure the victory.

Alex Evans and Cody Peters scored nine points each for the Wolves and Zepher Loesch had eight points.

On Saturday, King’s High School jumped out to a 14-9 lead after the first eight minutes of action and never looked back.

The Knights outscored the Wolf Pack in every period holding a 31-14 lead at halftime and a 47-27 lead after three quarters of play.

O’Keefe scored 13 points for Coupeville and Evans had 11.

King’s had three players in double figures, led by Erich Fuhlendorf with a game-high 17 points. Teammates Nick Hardy and Dylan O’Neal hit for 13 points each.

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