Coupeville takes down Tigers in conference opener / Boys basketball

A solid all-around effort helped the Coupeville High School boys basketball team win its North Sound Conference opener 60-42 at Granite Falls Tuesday, Jan. 7.

“Our guys stepped up and did their jobs tonight on both sides of the ball,” Coupeville coach Brad Sherman said. “Defensively a really strong team effort, and (we) played very tough in the paint against a physical basketball team.”

The difference in the game came in the first quarter when the Wolves outscored Granite Falls 22-9. Over the final three periods, Coupeville outscored the Tigers by only 5 points.

The opening onslaught was led by Hawthorne Wolfe (9 points) and Mason Grove (6). Each drilled a pair of three-balls to ignite the offense.

Both teams scored 18 points in the second quarter. Sean Toomey-Stout hit three hoops for Coupeville, and Wolfe, Grove and Gavin Knoblich all drained threes as the Wolves led 40-27 at the break.

Five Coupeville players scored in the third quarter and the Wolves’ advantage remained 13 points, 51-38, heading into the final frame.

Wolfe finished with 17 points, followed by Grove with 14, Toomey-Stout with 10, Knoblich with 9, Jacobi Pilgrim with 8 and Xavier Murdy with 2.

Sam Sylliaasen led the Tigers (1-2, 3-7) with 13.

Coupeville (1-0, 4-5) hosts Sultan (0-3, 1-9) at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.