Turnovers hurt Wolves in loss to ATM | Girls basketball

Turnovers torched the Coupeville High School girls basketball team in its 60-21 loss to visiting Archbishop Murphy Friday, Dec. 9.

The Wolves shot poorly in the game, and with turnovers (34 for the game) limiting their opportunities, they never had a chance as Murphy led 11-3, 29-8 and 39-12 at the quarters.

Beth Carlson, a 6-2 center, tallied all 11 of the Wildcats' first-quarter points. She finished with a game-high 19 points and also recorded seven rebounds and four steals.

The Wolves didn't get on the board until Shelby Kulz completed a three-point play with 1:17 left in the period. Her bucket would be the only Coupeville field goal of the first half.

Two free throws by Grace LaPoint and three from Katie Smith accounted for the Wolves' five second-quarter points.

ATM started the second half on an 8-0 run that was stopped by hoops by Jai'Lysa Hoskins and Bessie Walstad.

The fourth quarter was a parade to the foul line as 26 free throws were shot, with Murphy hitting 11-of-18.

Neither team shot well from the line for the game, with Coupeville going 9-for-19 and the Wildcats 16-for-36.

Coach Jackie Bykonen said her girls were "fired up" by the physical play of the fourth quarter and are "excited to play the next game."

That game will be at home with Cedarcrest (1-0, 2-2)Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

In regard to the Archbishop Murphy game, Bykonen said, "The thing I appreciate about the girls is that they didn't quit; I will take that any day."

Smith topped all Coupeville scorers with seven points. Kulz and Walstad added four each; and Hoskins, LaPoint and Cassidi Rosenkrance had two apiece.


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