Coupeville girls fall in overtime

LA CONNER — Pick a poison.

Cold shooting, turnovers, defensive lapses — the Coupeville girls basketball team experienced a sample of each difficulty on Thursday night, resulting in its lowest point output of the season and a 39-33 Tri-District overtime loss to Bellevue Christian.

It was hard for CHS head coach Greg Oldham to pinpoint exactly why the Wolves were so rusty, but a two-week layover without a game could have been a contributing factor.

“I hate to use that as an excuse, but you can never simulate in practice just how a game is going to be,” he said.

Coupeville’s initial problems came in finding the basket. They hit just 7-for-30 (23 percent) field goal attempts in the first half.

“We kept shooting, they just never fell for us,” junior Brittany Black said. “We kept trying, but what happens, happens — you have your good nights and you have your bad nights.”

Fortunately for Coupeville, Bellevue Christian had its own problems shooting the ball. The Vikings were 9-for-31 (29 percent) in the first half and only maintained a 21-18 lead at halftime.

It appeared things were on the upswing for the Wolves at the start of the second half. A three-point shot from Brittany Black and a layup from Whitney Clark put CHS up 23-21 at the 6:40 mark of the third quarter.

The bug that bit the Wolves early, however, quickly returned.

CHS only hit 2-of-10 shots after retaking its first lead since the early seconds of the game, while turning the ball over nine times in the quarter.

Problems continued for Coupeville in the fourth, but the Wolves made a run when it counted. Down 33-27, with five minutes to go, Coupeville rattled off a 6-0 run that sent the game into overtime.

Their largest play came with 10 seconds left after Bellevue Christian missed a three point shot and Brittany Black grabbed the rebound. She then made an outlet pass to Whitney Clark at halfcourt, who found Lexie Black running the floor for a left-handed layup and the tie with two seconds in regulation.

“There are a lot of coaches that would have called a timeout in that situation,” Oldham said. “We like running transition and got a really good look and scored.”

Unfortunately for CHS the struggle that plagued them all night in regulation stayed with them in the overtime period.

The Wolves went 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-2 from the free throw line in the extra frame, while Bellevue hit 2-of-4 attempts, including its first three-pointer of the game from Rebecca King.

The Wolves finished the game a frigid 15-for-52 (28 percent) from the field

“We missed a bunch of easy shots, a bunch of easy shots,” Oldham said. “And the harder shots we were missing by a mile-and-a-half.”

Lexie Black, who sat out most of the first quarter due to injury and spent several minutes on the bench in foul trouble before fouling out in overtime, led the Wolves in scoring with 13 points. Sister Brittany had nine points for CHS.

Coupeville, who has already qualified for state, looks to get back on track at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 26 against Life Christian at Mountlake Terrace High School. The winner will enter the state tournament the number three Tri-District seed and the loser will enter number four.

“I think it’s important for us to finisher higher in the district than we have in the past just so we have a better seed for state next week,” Brittany Black said. “We want to have a little bit of confidence going in.”

Bellevue Christian13 8 6 6 6—39

Coupeville 7 11 9 6 0—33

Scoring—Coupeville: L. Black 13, B. Black 9, Lamb 5, Clark 2, Jenkins 2, Mouw 2. Bellevue: Reich 11, Andrilenas 10, Pelascini 6, King 5, Rech 3, J. Orrestad 2, L. Orrestad 2.

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