The Coupeville High School boys basketball team’s 12th-graders, led by Hunter Smith, went out in style on Senior Night Thursday, Feb. 1, upsetting first-place Klahowya 59-54.
Playing their final game on the CHS court, the Coupeville seniors logged almost every minute and scored all of the Wolves’ points, including 35 by Smith.
The Wolves (4-4, 6-13) finish their season at Chimacum (0-8, 0-13) at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.
Klahowya (6-2, 10-9) dropped into a tie for first with Port Townsend (6-2, 10-8) with the loss, and will host the Redhawks Saturday in a game that will determine the Olympic League champion.
Coupeville 59, Klahowya 54
The Wolves led by 12, 51-39, midway through the fourth quarter, then the Eagles went on a 12-2 run to slice the gap to two, 53-51, with 33 seconds remaining.
The Klahowya spurt was was helped along by Coupeville, which put the Eagles on the foul line for 5 points, allowed a put-back for a bucket and gave up a turnover that was converted for a hoop.
Smith then sank the first of two free throws to make it 54-51. Smith missed the second, but Kyle Rockwell snagged the rebound and scored while being fouled. He missed his foul shot, but Smith grabbed the board and was fouled.
Smith converted both shots, and Coupeville led 58-51 with 26 seconds left.
The Eagles hit a three-ball, followed by foul shot by Ethan Spark to finish the scoring.
“That was great; I’m really happy for the seniors to go out on their court like that,” Coupeville coach Brad Sherman said.
“I thought our defense did a tremendous job,” he added, “especially to close out the second half.”
Smith pumped in a career high 35 points, raising his four-year total to 830, 12th most in school history.
Cameron Toomey-Stout tossed in 9, Spark 7, Rockwell 6 and Joey Lippo 2.
Rockwell received extended minutes when Lippo left the game early in the second quarter with an injury.
“Kyle was huge for us,” Sherman said. “He played a really good game.”
Klahowya led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, then Spark hit two threes to propel to Coupeville to a 25-21 halftime lead.
The Wolves took a 42-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
Garett Betzing and John Hartford each scored 10 points for the Eagles.