Wolfpack splits back to back games

It’s not often in basketball a team can commit 28 turnovers and leave the court victorious.

The Coupeville girls overcame those odds Tuesday night, not only winning, but blowing out league opponent Friday Harbor, 44-19.

“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Coupeville head coach Greg Oldham said.

The Wolves’ 28 miscues tied the second highest of the season, but was still shy of their team-worst 35 against Seattle Christian.

“I can handle some turnovers, but there’s a right kind of turnover,” Oldham said. “Being tentative with the ball, having it stolen, making a half-hearted sloppy pass—those are hard to take.”

Oldham had reason to worry early in Tuesday’s game, as the Wolves errantly tossed the ball out of bounds on their first three possessions. Junior Lexie Black finally found an answer for Coupeville, scoring the first points of the game on a layup with 4:54 remaining in the first quarter. CHS never relinquished the lead from that point, as they cruised to an 11-4 advantage at the end of one.

When the Wolves were able to successfully get the ball to Friday Harbor’s half of the court, they shot an impressive 44-percent for the night.

“On a positive note, we shot the ball really well,” Oldham said. “19-of-43 is a great shooting percentage.”

The Wolverines shot a frigid 9-of-36 (25-percent) from the field.

By the end of the third quarter, CHS had built a comfortable enough lead, 34-13, to give their starters a much-needed rest. Tuesday’s game marked the first of three contests in a four day span, so rest was crucial.

“We brought up three J.V. kids about a week ago and this is the first chance they got to play,” Oldham said.

Oldham couldn’t have been happier with the performance his bench gave, as they outscored Friday Harbor 10-6 in the final quarter.

“It was a real nice effort,” he said.

Lexie Black had a team-high 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Wolves. Senior Vanessa Davis added nine points.

Friday Harbor 4 5 4 6—19

Coupeville 11 11 1210—44

Scoring—CV: L. Black 10, V. Davis 9, Lamb 6, Clark 5, H. Davis 4, Bailey 4, Mouw 2, B. Black 2, Skavarla 2.

FH: Judkins 10, Andersen 3, Bryant 2, Chevalier 2, Heroset 2.

CCHS 35, Coupeville 32

Coupeville put forth one of its strongest defensive performances of the season Wednesday night, holding Cascade Christian to only four points in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Wolves, they countered with one of their worst offensive performances, scoring only two points in the same quarter, leading to a 35-32 road loss to Cascade Christian.

“You can’t score two points in a quarter and expect to win,” Oldham said.

The Wolves battled back to tie the score 32-32 with a minute to go in the game, but the Cougars countered with three points late. Junior Whitney Clark got a good look at a three to tie, but her shot was just off the mark at the buzzer.

The non-league loss broke a six-game win streak for the Wolves, moving them to 9-4 overall. CHS faced Archbishop Murphy in a battle for first place in the Northwest A last night. Results will be in Wednesday’s News-Times.

Coupeville 8 10 2 12—32

Cascade Ch. 14 10 4 7—35

Scoring—CV: L. Black 10, V. Davis 10, Lamb 6, Clark 4, H. Davis 2.

CC: Edgecomb 16, Hagen 4, Behrends 4, Thackett 3, Coltom 2, Krebs 2 Stadden 2, Stadden 2, Berg 2.

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