Coupeville rebounds with two wins

A tough loss can leave a team in one of two positions: in a downward spiral, or ready to respond.

The Coupeville boys basketball team chose to respond on Friday night.

Three days after experiencing the lowest of lows, the Wolves switched their mindset 180 degrees, defeating Northwest A/B opponent Darrington 70-67 in overtime.

Friday night’s victory came on the heels of a 63-62 heartbreaker to Mount Vernon Christian — a game that Coupeville led by 14 going into the fourth quarter.

“After that loss to Mount Vernon Christian we were crushed,” Wolf senior Andrew Mouw said. “This gives us momentum — it feels good.”

Mouw, a 6-foot-1 post, was one of the many Coupeville players who stepped up in the clutch. He scored the final six points in the overtime period for the Wolves, giving them the lead for good on a 10-foot turn around jump shot with 1:15 remaining.

“I figured that their big guys were (fouled) out and I would be the strong guy underneath, and if I could get the ball I would score,” he said.

Mouw, who tallied 14 points, hit 1-of-2 free throws with 36 seconds remaining for a three-point lead.

That was all Coupeville needed as the Loggers missed shots on their next two possessions, including a lay-up at the buzzer.

“It’s nice to see us play with some big time character tonight, CHS head coach Randy King said. “They responded — that was good to see.”

If it wasn’t for a pair of back-to-back three pointers in the final seconds, however, the overtime would have never taken place.

Down 61-56 with 42 seconds to go, Coupeville desperately needed a big play.

Reserve guard Trevor Mueller had the answer.

The senior drained a three pointer, his only points of the night, with 32 seconds in regulation.

After Darrington guard Billy McMillen split a pair of free throws for a three-point advantage, Coupeville’s Mike Bagby came back with another answer. The junior pulled up deep behind the line with a man in his face and nailed a shot for the tie with five seconds to go in the fourth.

“How about that shot by Mike,” a virtually speechless King said after the game.

Bagby, who scored a team-high 24 points, put in 16 in the second half. Senior Blake Day had 18 points before fouling out with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Coupeville 57, S. Whidbey 40

Coupeville continued its positive momentum swing Saturday evening with a 57-40 victory over 3A South Whidbey on the road.

It was the second time this season Coupeville has defeated the Falcons and the third consecutive time overall.

Showing no signs of being tired from the previous night’s overtime marathon, the energetic Wolves jumped out to a 35-15 halftime advantage and never looked back.

For the fifth game in a row, Bagby scored over 20 points, putting in 21. He is averaging 23 points a game in the first six contests.

Mouw added 12 points, followed by Day with eight.

This weekend’s victories move Coupeville to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Northwest A/B. They faced league opponent Shoreline Christian on the road last night.

The Wolves play their next game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18 at home against non-league Blaine.

Darrington 13 16 10 23 5 — 67

Coupeville 13 11 16 19 8 — 46

Scoring—Coupeville: Bagby 24, Day 18, Mouw 14, Marti 6, Tucker 3, Mueller 3, Rogers 2. Darrington: Reece 26, Werst 18, Rosselli 8, Jones 6, McMillen 5, Gladsjo 4.

Coupeville 21 14 10 12 —57

S. Whidbey 13 2 12 13— 40

Scoring—Coupeville: Bagby 21, Mouw 12, Day 8, Marti 6, Tucker 6, Mueller 2, Rogers 2. South Whidbey: Gulvin 13, Sidhu 12, Ward 7, Parrick 2, Potter 2, Hosmer 2, Peters 2.

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