Wolves’ season ends at districts

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE—Tears were shed after the Coupeville girls’ second-round Tri-District game on Monday, but they weren’t of the cheerful variety the Wolves are accustomed to this time of year.

A fourth quarter collapse led to a heart-breaking 45-44 loss to Forest Ridge, giving Coupeville its second defeat in the double-elimination district tournament and ending a two-year run at state.

The Wolves were outscored 14-2 in the final period, while shooting a frigid 1-for-10 from the field and 0-for-6 from the free throw line. They were 0-for-11 on free throws for the game.

“It felt like there was a lid on our end of the court,” head coach Greg Oldham said. “I don’t know how many of those shots we had that seemed like they were going in and rolled out.”

Despite not being able to knock down its shots in the fourth, CHS still had multiple opportunities to pull out the win.

With five seconds left and down by one, junior Lexie Black got an open look at the basket. Her two-foot shot just rimmed in out of the hoop. Black rebounded her own miss, but her put-back was off the mark.

With two seconds remaining, Forest Ridge attempted to make a pass the length of the court to seal the win. The long heave sailed untouched out of bounds all the way to the Coupeville baseline, giving the Wolves possession of the ball at the Raiders’ end of the court.

On the ensuing play, sophomore Kirsty Croghan received a pass close to the hoop, but her last second shot was blocked by Forest Ridge center Erin Handley.

“We gave ourselves opportunities to win it and they made some great defensive plays and we missed some shots,” Oldham said.

Even with its cold fourth-quarter shooting, Coupeville maintained the lead the entire game until there were 16 seconds to go. A long two point attempt by Lauren Borucki gave Forest Ridge its first and by far most significant lead of the game.

Borucki had eight points for the Raiders, but Leslie Walker led Forrest Ridge with 28.

“She was the difference in the ball game,” Oldham said.

Lexie Black had a team-high 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots for Coupeville. Sister Brittany Black had 10 points, all of which came in the first quarter.

“On paper this looked like a rebuilding year, but in our rebuilding year we finished second in league and were two points away from going to the (state) tournament,” Oldham said. “That’s not a bad rebuilding year.”

Coupeville returns all of its players to next year’s team except one. The lone senior, Vanessa Davis, was forced to miss her final game due to a concussion suffered in the Wolves’ tournament opener against Kings.

Coupeville 20 8 14 2—44

Forest Ridge 15 9 7 14—45

Scoring—CV: L. Black 11, B. Black 10, Mouw 8, H. Davis 6, Lamb 4, Croghan 2.

FR: Walker 28, Borucki 8, Hanley 4, Spencer 3, Jones 2.

Kings 77, Coupeville 27

Coupeville got off to a rough start at the Tri-District tournament on Friday, losing 77-27 to third-ranked Kings.

A staggering 16 first-quarter turnovers left Coupeville trailing 12-5 after one. The Wolves ended the night with 39 total turnovers.

“Against a great pressing team you’ve got to take care of the basketball and we didn’t take care of the basketball,” Oldham said.

Eleven different Kings players scored, with Sara Mosiman had a team-high 16 points.

Lexie Black led CHS with nine.

Coupeville 5 9 7 6—27

Kings 12 17 26 22—77

Scoring—CV: L. Black 9, V. Davis 5, Clark 4, H. Davis 3, Lamb 2, Mouw 2, B. Black 2.

K: Mosiman 16, Zevenergen 12, Clasex 9, Smart 8, Sather 8, Strand 7, Faidley 6, Lovie 4, DeJong 3, Simons 2.

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