Hunter Smith uses a crossover dribble to try to get by Vashon Island’s Jacob Chavez. (Photo by Jim Waller)

Wolves lose two non-league games / Boys basketball

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team received a look of what it could face in the postseason in a pair of non-league losses over the weekend.

The Wolves lost 66-38 at Bellevue Christian Friday, Dec. 16, and 75-62 to visiting Vashon Island Saturday.

Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island are members of the Nisqually League, the conference the Wolves and the rest of the Olympic League will meet in the first round of the postseason.

The setbacks dipped Coupeville’s record to 1-6. It plays another non-league game at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Concrete (0-4).

Bellevue Christian 66, Coupeville 38

The Wolves continued a troubling trend at BC, struggling to score in the first quarter. The Vikings (3-3) flew to an 18-2 first-period advantage.

Hunter Smith and Gabe Wynn combined to score all 14 Coupeville points in the second quarter when the Wolves got untracked and outscored Bellevue Christian 14-13.

The Wolves turned cold again in the third quarter, mustering only 6 points off three-balls from Smith and Ethan Spark. BC pumped in 18 points and pushed its lead to 49-22.

Spark scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting two shots from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t nearly enough to get the Wolves back into the contest.

Smith (15), Spark (13) and Wynn (10) were the only Wolves to score in the game.

Ten Vikings scored, led by 6-6 Ken West, who hit five three-balls, with 18 points.

Vashon Island 75, Coupeville 62

Unlike many of its games this year, Coupeville got off to a good start. The Wolves, however, couldn’t maintain the pace and fell to the Pirates.

Coupeville scored in three of its first four possessions, with all the points coming from Brian Shank, and the two teams were tied at 7 midway through the period.

Shank went to the bench with two fouls and Vashon Island finished the quarter on a 12-1 run to go up 19-8.

The Pirates helped themselves with strong offensive rebounding in the period and converted three second-chance buckets.

Coupeville heated up and scored 16 points in the second quarter. Wynn drained two three-pointers and another hoop and Smith hit a three-ball and 7 total points, but the Wolves couldn’t slow the Pirates.

Vashon Island shot over the Coupeville zone and connected on six three-pointers in the first half, four from Jacob Chavez. When the Wolves extended their zone, the Pirates pounded the ball inside for good looks.

Coupeville coach Anthony Smith tried a man-to-man, but Vashon cut to the hoop for easy buckets.

Casper Forest led the Pirate assault with 18 first-half points.

Vashon (2-1) led 40-24 at halftime and pushed its lead to 20 before the Wolves sliced it to 14, 48-34, at one point. The Pirates recovered and led 59-39 going into the fourth quarter.

The Pirates upped their advantage to 65-40, but Vashon wasn’t able to empty its bench because the Wolves started climbing back into the game.

Smith scored 14 points in the period to lead the rally, but the Pirate lead was too great for the Wolves to overcome.

Smith and Wynn provided a strong one-two scoring punch for Coupeville, finishing with 25 and 20 points respectively.

Shank, who only played about half the game because of fouls, scored 9 points, Hunter Downs had 7 and Cameron Toomey-Stout 1.

Forest finished with 26 and Chavez 18 for the Pirates. In all, Vashon sank 11 three-pointers.

Coach Smith said his club “battled all night,” but was tired after returning from Bellevue Christian at 12:30 a.m. from the previous day’s game.

“Give credit to my guys, they gave it their all,” he added.

“Playing a tough non-league schedule will get us ready for conference play,” he said.

Gabe Wynn rises above Vashon Island’s Jahmiah Hoogen for a shot. (Photo by Jim Waller)

Coupeville’s Ja’tarya Hoskins, left, Gaby Halpin and Maggie Crimmins perform at halftime Saturday. (Photo by Jim Waller)

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