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Coupeville drops pair over weekend | Girls basketball
It was a lost weekend for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team.
The Wolves fell 68-23 at home to Cedarcrest Friday, Jan. 11, and then lost 52-39 at Mount Vernon Christian Saturday.
Coupeville played both games without starting forward Makana Stone, who was out ill.
Coupeville (3-5, 5-9) gets a shot to jump back on the winning track when it hosts Lakewood (1-7, 5-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Cedarcrest (7-1, 12-2) used an in-your-face, full-court defense to power by the Wolves. Coupeville broke the Red Wolves' press but couldn't handle its half-court pressure, leading to turnovers and fast break hoops.
Coupeville trailed 21-4 after the first quarter, getting its only buckets from Amanda Fabrizi and Jai'Lysa Hoskins.
Things improved, slightly, in the second quarter, according to coach David King, but Cedarcrest upped its lead to 39-13.
The Wolves received five points, including a three pointer, from Bree Messner in the second period.
Cedarcrest led 58-19 after three. Hailey Hammer scored four points to lead the Wolves in the period.
Hoskins started in place of Stone and "played well throughout the game with many hustle plays and lots of energy," King said.
He added, "Katie Kiel got extended playing time tonight and played her best game of the season. She works hard in practice, knows the plays and at times is like a coach on the floor."
Messner finished with seven points, Hoskins six, Hammer four, Fabrizi two, Lauren Escalle two and Bessie Walstad two.
Against Mount Vernon Christian (10-5), five different Wolves scored and Coupeville led 12-10 after the first quarter.
The Hurricanes took advantage of Coupeville turnovers to out score the Wolves 17-9 in the second period and lead 27-20 at half time.
The Wolves, who never got closer than four in the second half, trailed 38-33 after the third quarter.
Down 47-39 with 4:04 left, Coupeville wouldn't score again. During the stretch the Wolves missed seven consecutive free throws.
Escalle paced Coupeville with 11 points, Messner added 10, Walstad seven, Hammer five, Hoskins four and Fabrizi two.
One positive note, King said, was that Kacie Kiel, who has played well for the junior varsity team, made her varsity debut.