Coupeville wins cross island battle

Rivalries bring out the best in teams, players are pumped and the fans are usually treated to an exciting game.

Friday’s matchup between Coupeville and South Whidbey high schools was no exception and the gym at Coupeville High School was packed for the first Cascade League game of the season for both teams.

The Wolf Pack took an 11-9 lead after the first eight minutes and the game remained tight through the second period of play.

In the final two quarters, Coupeville got its scoring game in gear, knocked down 25 points and sent the Falcons back home to Langley on the short end of a 44-36 score.

“We played really hard tonight,” coach Blake Severns said. “The effort has been okay in our first

few games, but tonight we really stepped it up.”

Lindsey Newman opened the game with a 3-point bomb to give the Falcons an early lead, but the Wolves came roaring back.

Megan Smith scored six of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter and Shawna West added four to keep Coupeville close.

The score was tied three times in the first eight minutes until a Smith basket with three seconds left in the period gave the Wolves the lead.

“We all wanted to win this game over our rivals,” Smith said. “We

came out with intensity and played our game.”

In the second period, a West basket and a pair of free throws by Paige Mueller gave the Wolf Pack a 15-11 lead, but the Falcons hung around and the first half ended with Coupeville in front 17-15.

After getting into foul trouble and sitting out the entire second quarter, Ashley Manker came out on fire for Coupeville in the second half. The sophomore scored six points in the third period and added six more in the final eight minutes of the game.

“After the first couple of fouls, I had to sit on the bench,” she said. “After the first half I wanted to come out and dominate.”

Allison Wood hit a basket with 2:09 left in the third period to give the Falcons a temporary 24-23 lead, but the Wolves came back once again with five points to hold a 28-24 advantage heading into the final period.

A pair of Manker baskets opened the fourth quarter to put the Wolves up by eight points and South Whidbey was unable to get any closer than six points as the clock wound down.

“We played hard and we played smart,” Severns said. “We had a great week of practice and the taxpayers of Coupeville have really helped us out funding this new facility. It gives us a lot of chances to work on stuff in practice with the two gyms.”

West was the second player in double figures for the Wolves with 13 points and Manker scored 12.

Newman scored a game-high 19 points for South Whidbey.

Coupeville plays another rival Friday, hosting Friday Harbor in a 6 p.m. game.

Coupeville 44, South Whidbey 36

South Whidbey 9 6 9 12 — 36

Coupeville 11 6 11 16 — 44

South Whidbey (36) — Lindsey Newman 6 5-7 19, Cayla Calderwood 3 1-2 7, Reilly O’Sullivan 0 1-2 1, Allison Wood 2 1-2 5, Samantha Pope 0 0-0 0, Katie Hollt 0 0-0 0, Natasha Roberts 0 0-0 0, Rachel Harris 1 0-1 2, Chantel LaChaussee 1 0-0 2, Karissa Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-15 36.

Coupeville (44) — Megan Smith 2 9-11 13, Shawna West 6 1-5 13, Ashley Manker 6 0-0 12, Paige Mueller 0 2-2 2, Hayley Ebersole 1 0-0 2, Kayla Lawson 0 0-0 0, Kassie Lawson 1 0-0 2, Courtney Boyd 0 0-0 0, Sarah Vass 0 0-0 0, Michelle Riddle 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-18 44.

Three-point goals — South Whidbey 2 (Newman 2), Coupeville 0. Turnovers — South Whidbey 24, Coupeville 21. Total fouls — South Whidbey 20, Coupeville 18. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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