Wolves take first league loss

It was there and like a flash it was gone.

Carrying a one point advantage to the locker room at halftime, the Coupeville girls tasted an upset over the state’s second ranked 1A team, Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

The Wildcats, however, quickly turned a sweet taste into a bitter one for the Wolves, as they put forth a second-half offensive explosion that led to a 62-47 victory.

Archbishop set the nets afire in the third quarter, shooting a near perfect 9-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from the three point line. It didn’t matter what defense the Wolves threw at the Wildcats, as every shot seemed to fall.

“I would just like to have that quarter back,” Coupeville coach Greg Oldham said.

On their first offensive possession of the second half, Wildcat freshman Krista Ecknes set the tone when she pulled up for a three-pointer from the right sideline. Her shot picked up nothing but net and gave ATM a 29-27 lead they would not relinquish. Archbishop built a 50-39 advantage by the end of the third quarter and never let Coupeville pull within 11 points for the remainder of the night.

The first half was a different story for the Wolves.

Falling behind 16-7 after the first quarter, CHS turned the tides, outscoring the Wildcats 20-10 in the following period.

“Kirsty Croghan and Brittany Black really sparked that run,” Oldham said.

Croghan helped the Wolves by scoring her only six points of the night, including a layup with 40 seconds left in the half that gave the Wolves their largest lead, 27-24. Black tallied five of her seven points in the quarter.

Also key to Coupeville’s lead at the half was their ability to shut down ATM’s primary scorers.

“In the first half I think we frustrated their go-to players and their other players didn’t hurt us,” Oldham said.

Senior Vanessa Davis led the Wolves in scoring with 12, followed by junior Lexie Black with 10.

Lisa Coate had 18 points for Archbishop Murphy.

Despite the defeat Coupeville did gain a positive feeling of knowing they can play with one of the top 1A teams in the state.

“We always hate to lose, but I think all of us were happy with our effort and for the most part happy with our performance,” Oldham said.

Archbishop Murphy (4-0, 12-0) took sole possession of first place with the victory. The two teams clash again in the final regular season game of the season, Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Everett.

Now at 4-1 in the Northwest A and 9-5 overall, the Wolves can’t afford to look past any of their opponents as the district tournament approaches. Only the top two teams are guaranteed a spot to the tournament. The third team must play a playoff game with the third place team from the Chinook League.

“I told our kids in the locker room after the game that right now we’re Jekyl and Hyde,” Oldham said. “We’re really great one game and not so great the next, so we can’t look past any team that’s on our schedule.”

Coupeville played at Friday Harbor last night and hosts Concrete at 5:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30.

Archbishop Murphy 62, Coupeville 47

Archbishop 16 10 24 12—62

Coupeville 7 20 12 8—47

Scoring—CV: V. Davis 12, L. Black 10, B. Black 7, Lamb 7, Croghan 6, Clark 5.

ATM: Coate 18, Lyons 15, Ecknes 11, Frahm 10, Laswell 4, Bourke 4.

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