Cold-shooting Coupeville falls to BC / Girls basketball

Sometimes, nothing seems to go right.

Such was the case in Coupeville’s 49-14 loss in girls basketball at Bellevue Christian Friday, Dec. 16.

The Wolves had a horrendous shooting night, scoring only 2 points in the first half and making only four field goals in the game.

A torrent of turnovers also hurt Coupeville’s scoring opportunities, as did the absence of leading scorer Mia Littlejohn.

The Wolves hit just four of 29 shots, 13.8 percent, and committed 36 miscues.

“We had three early shot attempts in the key and missed all three,” coach David King said. “From there it was a struggle.”

Bellevue Christian’s defense gave Coupeville fits.

“BC pressed and played hard on-ball defense, and we played like it was the first time we had seen defensive pressure,” King said.

The Vikings led 10-0 and 23-2 after the first two quarters.

The Wolves scored 4 points in the third period, all on free throws, and trailed 31-6 going into the final eight minutes.

“We came out in the second half and played with more spark defensively,” King said. “Offensively, we started to move the ball better.”

King did have praise for several of his players.

“Kailey (Kellner) stepped up and did a better job leading us in the 2nd half.”

Tiffany Briscoe, who missed the previous game with an injury “came out strong,” he added, and “Lindsey (Roberts) is our undersized post player and did a really good job all night on defense. Mikayla (Elfrank) once again got some steals that led to fast-break opportunities.”

Elfrank finished the game with four takeaways, and she also led the Wolves with 5 points and seven rebounds.

Kellner had 4 points and five rebounds.

Sarah Wright scored 2 points, the lone Coupeville basket in the first half, and Briscoe added a free throw.

“As a team, we need to be confident against pressure and running our offensive sets,” King said.

Coupeville (2-0, 4-3), in the midst of a long string of road games, goes to Concrete (0-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, for a non-conference game.

The Wolves play six straight away games, and, after one home match, hit the road for four more contests.