Wolves bounce back

The Coupeville girls were possibly one bad quarter away from having an upset and bragging rights for the lone first place position in the Northwest 1A.

A second quarter let-down Friday night against Archbishop Murphy, the number three ranked girls 1A team in the state, was enough to bury the Wolves 56-36. Coupeville was outscored in the quarter 18-3, resulting in a 17 point deficit at halftime.

“We really let down in the second quarter,” head coach Greg Oldham said. “They (Archbishop Murphy) did a great job of allowing one shot each trip down the court.”

Senior Erica Lamb stepped up having her most offensively productive night of the season. Lamb knocked down nearly everything she put up, hitting 7 of 8 shots, scoring 15 points for the Wolves.

Despite the loss Oldham is excited about what he saw.

“They’ve been ranked third in the state since the first week,” he said. “To be able to play that well with a legitimate number three says a lot about our team.”

Coupeville quickly bounced back the following night in a home contest against Bush. The Wolves progressively pulled away each quarter by pressing the Blazers, forcing them into 30 turnovers.

The night was highlighted by an Erica Lamb behind the back pass to Brianne King on a two-on-one fast break. King laid the shot in to complete the spectacular play.

“Erica and Brianne have been working on that since Christmas time,” Oldham said. “It was the perfect pass in that situation.”

On the next trip down the court King connected on a three-point shot and was fouled. She went on to hit the free throw and complete the rare four-point play.

King ended the night with a game high 24 points, followed by senior Amy Mouw with nine. Carly Guillory and Erica Lamb both had six points apiece.

Up next for Coupeville is a league game at home at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 against Friday Harbor.

wolf Boys lose one, win one

With the Coupeville boys’ 67-42 loss to Archbishop Murphy on Friday, there is now a log-jam for second place in the Northwest 1A boys division.

With the loss, Coupeville is now tied with Archbishop Murphy and Orcas Island for the second and final spot open for a district berth.

Similar to the girls, the boys struggled in the second quarter of their game, only scoring four points. The Wildcats countered with 19, giving them a 19-point, 33-14 advantage at the half.

“It was real cold in the gym in that second quarter,” head coach Randy King said. “They extended their zone pretty aggressively and we just had a hard time getting things to fall.”

Looking to get back on a positive note, the Wolves pounced on Bush the following night, beating them 68-52.

After falling behind early, Coupeville exploded for 23 points in the second quarter, led by senior Brad Sherman. Sherman had 12 points for the quarter and ended the game with 30 total. He connected on 4 of 8 three-point shots for the night, most of which came in the second quarter.

“That was a fun shooting performance to see,” King said.

Brian Fakkema also had an impressive game, coming back to score 16 points after only putting in one against Archbishop Murphy the night before.

Coupeville plays at 5:45 p.m., Jan. 24 at home against Friday Harbor. The game kicks off the second half of league play for the Wolves, who narrowly beat Friday Harbor three weeks ago, 63-58.

“It’s going to be a fun second half, King said. “We think we can be right in the mix.”

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