Coupeville eliminated 46-36

Cold shooting from the floor brought an end to the Coupeville High School boys basketball season Tuesday evening as the Friday Harbor Wolverines eliminated the Wolves 46-36 in a loser-out game of the Class 1A sub-district tournament.

Coupeville put together a strong defensive effort, similar to its performances against Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest in the final two games of the regular season, but the Wolves simply couldn’t get their shots to fall against Friday Harbor.

On Dec. 21, the Wolverines defeated the Wolf Pack 54-50 in a non-league game and Tuesday’s matchup was just as close until late in the fourth quarter when Coupeville was forced into committing fouls and Friday Harbor knocked down seven shots from the charity stripe.

“I think our defensive plan was pretty good and we accomplished most of what we wanted to do,” coach Randy King said. “We just couldn’t get our shots to go down like they’ve been doing in previous games.”

The Wolverines took a 10-8 lead after the first quarter of play and were up 20-17 at halftime.

The third period was hotly contested and the lead changed hands three times, before Friday Harbor inched ahead. The Wolverines were leading 32-28 until Zepher Loesch drilled a 3-pointer for Coupeville with one second showing on the clock, to shave the lead to by a single point, 32-31, heading into the final eight minutes of action.

In the fourth quarter, the Wolves couldn’t find the basket at all and scored just five points.

Meanwhile, Austin Scheffer connected for seven of his game-high 16 points as the Wolverines put 14 points on the board to win going away.

“It was a tight game and we just had a couple of defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter,” King said. “We had two players on the ball and that left Scheffer, their 3-point specialist, open and he knocked it down. Then we didn’t get 25 (Erik Nash) covered in transition. That’s five points plus the free throws.”

King said the Wolves got into kind of a desperation mode late in the game and were forced to commit fouls.

“Brian Miller was uncontrollable at the post, but they made it difficult for us to get the ball to him,” King said.

Miller paced Coupeville with 12 points and Alex Evans scored eight points.

Tommy Fowler was the second player in double figures for Friday Harbor with 10 points and Parker Lawson had eight.

Coupeville ends the season with an 11-10 overall record.

Friday Harbor 46, Coupeville 36

Friday Harbor 10 10 12 14 — 46

Coupeville 8 9 14 5 — 36

Friday Harbor (46) — Austin Scheffer 5 5-9 16, Tommy Fowler 4 1-3 10, Erik Nash 3 0-1 6, Parker Lawson 4 0-1 8, Jordan Nash 1 0-0 2, Pablo Lopez 0 0-0 0, Jacob Gustafson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-18 46.

Coupeville (36) — Brian Miller 6 0-1 12, Zepher Loesch 2 1-2 6, James Smith 2 0-0 5, Alex Evans 3 1-2 8, Kramer O’Keefe 2 0-0 5, Cody Peters 0 0-0 0, J.D. Wilcox 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-5 36.

Three-point goals — Friday Harbor 2 (Fowler, Scheffer); Coupeville 4 (O’Keefe, Smith, Loesch, Evans). Turnovers — Friday Harbor 14, Coupeville 11. Total fouls — Friday Harbor 6, Coupeville 15. Fouled out — none.

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