Coupeville boys give Sequim everything they've got

The Coupeville boys basketball team came close but just couldn’t get over the top in a 51-48 loss in Sequim Friday night.

The Wolves had their chances in the contest, including taking a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but Sequim regained the lead and held on for a non-conference win. With the loss Coupeville fell to 3-2 on the season.

“The story of the game essentially is we were coming from behind the entire game,” said Coupeville head coach Randy King. “We played fairly well, but we just couldn’t get it done at the end. We had them in foul trouble but we couldn’t take advantage.”

Despite the loss King was pleased with his team’s performance and was happy to gain the experience of playing a larger school.

“I was pretty happy with how we played, they are a tough team,” he said. “They just got done beating 4A Port Angeles earlier in the week, they’re undefeated, and they placed at state last year, they’re a good 3A team.”

Sequim is one of two 3A schools in the 2A Nisqually League. Last year the school from the Olympic Peninsula went 21-5 and placed eighth at the 3A state tournament.

According to King, turnovers at the end of the game and some not-so stellar foul shooting hurt the Wolves during the final quarter. The Wolves were just 10-of-19 from the charity stripe, and had 17 turnovers in the game.

“We made some crucial turnovers that cost us and we weren’t that good from the line,” he said. “It really cost us from the line. We could have done better there.”

The Wolves trailed by just one after the first quarter, but were then outscored 18-14 in the second to trail by five at the half. After a run in the second half, Coupeville went up 41-38 early in the fourth but couldn’t hold on.

The game came down to the final seconds and Coupeville still had one last chance. Down five with 12 seconds left, junior guard Casey Clark hit a three to make it 50-48. The Wolves then fouled a Sequim player who hit the front-end of a one-and-one. Clark then just missed a half-court shot as time expired.

“We were looking for a five-point play at the end,” joked King. “Casey had a look at a half-court shot that was close - really close.”

Senior post player Chris Good was the Wolves’ leading scorer with 14 points. He also added nine rebounds and a team-high six assists. Good showed little effect from the leg injury he suffered a week before.

“Chris played a pretty good game,” said King. “He’s dribbling a little too much in the post, but if we get him away from doing that we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Despite the loss King was happy with the squad’s overall effort. He is a true believer in having his team play larger schools and tougher non-conference competition to prepare for the important part of the season - league and districts.

“We had a shot at it,” he said. “We played pretty well against good competition. I hope that playing these bigger teams pays off when it comes to league and districts.”

The Wolves played their final game before the holiday break yesterday against longtime rival Darrington (results will be published in Saturday’s edition of the News-Times).

The undefeated Coupeville girls team was supposed to host Sequim last Friday but the game was postponed due to stoppage of the Keystone ferry. A makeup date has not been set.

The girls also faced Darrington on Tuesday night and will then wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home game against the Forest Ridge Raiders on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Sequim 51, Coupeville 48

At Sequim H.S.

Sequim – 8 18 10 15 – 51

Coupeville – 7 14 11 16 – 48

Coupeville: Clark 10, Sherman 8, Meek 2, Hageman 8, Callahan 6, Good 14. Sequim: Walla 7, Pendleton 10, Hocker 6, Finitzer 6, Millet 8, Marunde 14. Records: Coupeville 0-0 in league, 3-2 overall, Sequim 0-0, 3-0

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