Hitting its free throws when it had to, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team pulled out a 43-36 win at Meridian Saturday, Dec. 1.
Although they made only three of 13 free throws in the first half and 15-for-37 in the game, the Wolves hit three of four in the game's final minutes to secure the win.
Coupeville jumped to an early 9-5 lead as Lauren Escalle collected five first-quarter points.
The Wolves' offense picked up in the second quarter with 17 points, four each from Escalle, Bessie Walstad and Makana Stone, and Coupeville led at the break 26-17.
Coupeville coach David King said the Wolves' intensity and defense took a dip in the third quarter and the Trojans cut the lead to 32-26 going into the last period.
Coupeville pushed its lead to 11 at one point in the fourth quarter, and then, in one quick sequence, let the Trojans slice a 10-point deficit to four. On a successful three-point shot, a Meridian rebounder was fouled and hit the front end of a one-and-one. The Trojans rebounded the missed second shot and put it back in to complete a six-point run in a matter of seconds.
Meridian then fouled Walstad with 90 seconds left and the senior coolly drilled both shots to make the margin six. The Trojans failed to convert and fouled Amanda Fabrizi who hit one of two shots to give Coupeville a more comfortable seven-point lead.
Coach David King was pleased with how his club started and how it adjusted to the officiating: "The girls came out ready to play. This game was differently than our first with how the game was being called. We have discussed that each game may be called differently, and this was. The girls adapted and made the necessary adjustments and got into a good flow."
King also liked how his team "anticipated better on defense" and came up with 13 steals, led by Fabrizi and Hailey Hammer with three each.
The Wolves also had 12 assists on 14 field goals.
Coupeville out rebounded Meridian 35-25; Stone had six boards and Jai'Lysa pulled down four on offense.
Escalle led the scoring with 11 points; Stone had 10; Walstad six; Haley Marx five; Hammer four; Fabrizi, Breeanna Messner and Madi Strasburg two each; and Hoskins one.
The Wolves (1-1) play two tough games this week, going to LaConner (1-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and starting league play at Cedarcrest (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.