Lakewood’s Reille Jones hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to help the Cougars upset the host Coupeville High School girls basketball team 36-35 Tuesday, Jan. 15.
With score tied at 35, Lakewood (2-7, 5-9) retained possession with 19 seconds left. The Cougars ran down the clock for the final shot and attacked the hoop where the Wolves were whistled for a foul.
Jones hit the first free throw, missed the second and Coupeville rebounded and called time out. The Wolves’ Bree Messner’s long three at the buzzer was short and Lakewood escaped with the win.
A slow start and another miserable night at the foul line proved fatal for Coupeville.
Lakewood jumped to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, then the Wolves sliced it to 20-18 with a little run just before halftime.
From there it was a see-saw battle and tied 27-27 after the third period.
In the first half, Coupeville hit its first two free throws then missed nine straight. For the game it made only three of 19.
The Wolves also had problems with turnovers and hitting put-backs, according to coach David King.
Amanda Fabrizi topped Coupeville with 10 points. Makana Stone finished with six; Messner, Jai’Lysa Hoskins and Bessie Walstad four; Lauren Escalle three; and Haley Marx and Hailey Hammer two each.
Marissa Blair led Lakewood with 16 points, and Hailey Senyitko hit four three-pointers for 12 points.
Coupeville defeated the Cougars 40-32 in Lakewood earlier this year.
The Wolves (3-6, 5-10) battle their island neighbors South Whidbey (3-6, 7-8) at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.