Coupeville puts scare in Cedarcrest | Girls basketball

Host Cedarcrest High School held off the upset-minded Coupeville girls basketball team for a 47-37 win Friday, Jan. 13.
The Red Wolves, one the Cascade Conference’s top teams with 6-2 and 10-4 records, got more than they expected from the 0-8 (1-11) Wolves. Coupeville jumped to 10-6 and 20-18 leads after the first two quarters.
Cedarcrest regrouped at halftime and outscored the Wolves 16-6 in the third quarter as the Coupeville shooters went cold.
The Wolves got back into the game in the fourth quarter, according to coach Jackie Bykonen, but a couple of Coupeville turnovers with about five minutes left allowed Cedarcrest to build a comfortable margin and repel the upset.
Bykonen said, “Finally a great game for us. The girls were smart on offense and had pretty good shot selection. I am pleased with the effort the girls illustrated and the intensity they played with.”
She added, “Cassidi (Rosenkrance) and Katie Smith are stepping up on offense and defense and are being great leaders on the court.”
Smith and Bessie Walstad scored 10 points each for the Wolves, and Rosenkrance added eight. Taya Boonstra scored five points and Jai’Lysa Hoskins and Hailey Hammer had two a piece.
Coupeville entertains fifth-ranked King’s (7-1, 12-2) Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5:15 p.m. in the first game of a girl/boy doubleheader.
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