Coupeville girls win one at state

"The highpoint came Thursday, without a doubt. Down by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter, Coupeville outscored Eastern Washington foe Freeman 20-5 in the fourth quarter for the Wolves’ first-ever state tournament victory in girls basketball, 46-42. Wolves players and coaches pumped their fists and jumped for joy as they stormed the court. That Thursday joy was sandwiched by disappointment, however. Coupeville lost to Toledo 51-38 on Wednesday, and then was knocked out of the tournament Friday in a 43-32 loss to Warden. Seniors Tina Lyness and Jaime Rasmussen played key roles in the win over Freeman. Lyness led Coupeville with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Rasmussen scored the go-ahead basket with two minutes to play, then sealed the victory with two clutch free throws. “This is probably the biggest win we’ve ever had,” Coupeville coach Willie Smith said. “To come back from 11 down at the state tournament, that’s huge.” Everything that went right in the fourth quarter went wrong before that, as the Wolves were scoreless on 11 straight possessions in the second quarter to fall behind 28-16. Lyness scored four points in the last 20 seconds of the first half to keep Coupeville close. The score stood at 37-26 after three quarters, but the Wolves shot a blistering 8-for-8 from the free throw line and 55 percent from the field on their way to the win. Rasmussen’s go-ahead bucket came on a graceful baseline drive. “I don’t usually drive baseline, but I did that time,” she said. Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby scored 11 points. COUPEVILLE 46, FREEMAN 42 Coupeville: Lyness 18, Ellsworth-Bagby 11, King 7, Rasmussen 4, Young 4, Knox 2. Freeman: Floch 10, Larson 9, Wilkerson 9, Halverson 8, Freeman 2, White 2, Tibbetts 2. 3-pointers: Wilkerson 1. Coupeville 13 7 6 20 — 46 Freeman 15 13 9 5 — 42 Run, run, run It all looked good early for Coupeville in the Wednesday game against Toledo. The Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead on two baskets by Tracy Taylor and a jumper by Brianne King. But when the Indians grabbed a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter there was no Coupeville comeback. Toledo pushed the ball upcourt non-stop, essentially putting the game away in the second and third quarters by outscoring the Wolves 35-17 during that stretch. King led Coupeville with 12 points and 6 steals, while Lyness had 9 points and 9 rebounds. TOLEDO 51, COUPEVILLE 38 Coupeville: King 12, Lyness 9, Rasmussen 4, Taylor 4, Ellsworth-Bagby 4, E. Young 3, Knox 2. Toledo: Rodriguez 11, Layton 11, M. Rakoz 11, Germain 8, Good 5, Miller 5. 3-pointers: Layton 1. Coupeville 12 8 9 9 — 38 Toledo 10 21 14 6 — 51 Too much Brandt One of the standout players at the state tournament was Lyndsey Brandt of Warden, and she showed why against the Wolves in the loser-out game on Friday. Coupeville had no answer for the 6-foot Cougar. Brandt poured in 25 points and helped her team outscore the Wolves 28-15 in the second half. Tina Lyness and Brianne King each scored 8 points for Coupeville. WARDEN 43, COUPEVILLE 32 Warden: Polo 8, Ortiz 4, McPartland 2, Brandt 25, Cox 2, Kissler 2, Schuller. Coupeville: Lyness 8, Ellsworth-Bagby 6, Knox 7, King 8, Taylor 2, Rasmussen 1, Solomon, E. Young, L. Young. Warden 6 9 13 15 — 43 Coupeville 8 9 9 6 — 32"

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