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Press pesters Wolves | Girls basketball
Cedarcrest, behind an effective press, outscored the Coupeville girls basketball team 37-7 in the second half on the way to a 62-24 win in the Cascade Conference opener in Duvall Friday, Dec. 7.
For the most part, the Wolves handled Cedarcrest's pressure in the first half. The Red Wolves went up 14-6 in the first quarter, then the two teams played evenly in the second quarter and the gap remained eight at the break, 25-17.
Coupeville coach David King said, "Cedarcrest turned up their pressure on the press to start the third, this sped up the game and caused us to play faster than we wanted and caused us to turn the ball over for easy layups for the Red Wolves."
The turnovers also limited Coupeville's shooting opportunities as Cedarcrest outscored the Wolves 17-2 in the period.
Cedarcrest continued to press in the fourth quarter, the Wolves continued to struggle and the Red Wolves out scored Coupeville 21-5 in the final frame.
King said his team played "great help defense" throughout the game against the undefeated Red Wolves (1-0, 5-0), but was stung by the press and Cedarcrest's fast break.
He was pleased with the defensive effort of Amanda Fabrizi and Makana Stone on Susan Kenney, one of the area's top scorers.
Hailey Hammer led Coupeville with eight points and 10 rebounds. Stone finished with six points, seven rebounds, three blocks and four steals.
Lauren Escalle had six points, Jai'Lysa Hoskins three and Bree Messner one.
King said, "On our offensive end we are starting to get more open shots, we just need to continue shooting and more will fall."
He added, "Our effort is there from the start of the game until the final buzzer. Once we minimize our turnovers we will get more shots up."
Coupeville (0-1, 1-3) goes to Lakewood (0-1, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.