Coupeville’s Tia Wurzrainer (14) starts a fast break by stealing the ball from Sultan’s Katelynn Gunderson.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Coupeville’s Tia Wurzrainer (14) starts a fast break by stealing the ball from Sultan’s Katelynn Gunderson. (Photo by John Fisken)

Hard work overcomes free-throw follies; Wolves win / Girls basketball

It was ironic that the Coupeville High School girls basketball team would take the lead for good by making five consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter on the way to a 31-28 win over visiting Sultan Friday, Jan. 10.

Th Wolves made only two of 14 foul shots up to the deciding point in the final period and sank only one of five after. For the game, Coupeville was 8-for-24.

Regardless, it was a win, and the Wolves improved to 2-1 in the North Sound Conference and 7-3 overall. Sultan is 0-3 and 3-7.

Coupeville coach Scott Fox noted the poor results at the free-throw line after the game but did like his team’s effort: “I thought we played hard. The effort is always there; it is our execution we need to work on.”

Fox also liked how his players were able to “settle down and focus” during crunch time in the fourth period.

“I’m really proud of how we fought back,” he added. “We opened the door a little bit but were able to shut it.”

Freshman reserve Maddie Georges led the Wolves in scoring with 13 points.

“She hit some big threes for us, especially in the first half,” Fox said. “It’s good to see her step up.”

“Hannah Davidson was a rock in the middle,” he added. “Scout (point guard Smith) also does so much more for us than ball handling.”

Both teams suffered scoring droughts of nearly eight minutes in the game.

Sultan’s came when Coupeville finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run to go up 11-4. It was the only quarter either team scored in double figures in the defensive struggle.

Georges, who hit two field goals, one for three points, in the first quarter matched that effort in the second as Coupeville took a 20-12 lead into the second half.

The Wolves then went scoreless for nearly a quarter.

Georges’ three-ball with 12 seconds remaining in the third period were the Wolves’ only points in the quarter as Sultan trimmed its disadvantage to 23-19.

The Turks started the fourth period with 6 straight points, taking the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.

Coupeville’s Chelsea Prescott hit the second of two free throws, then Avalon Renninger and Smith each connected on a pair and the Wolves took the lead for good, 28-25.

Joining Georges in the scoring column were Prescott (7), Tia Wurzrainer (4), Renninger (3), Davidson (2) and Smith (2).

Katelyn Gunderson topped the Turks with 9 points.

Hannah Davidson puts up a shot for Coupeville. (Photo by John Fisken)

Hannah Davidson puts up a shot for Coupeville. (Photo by John Fisken)

Coupeville’s Maddie Georges, right, tries to get around the defense of Sultan’s Lindsey Fleming.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Coupeville’s Maddie Georges, right, tries to get around the defense of Sultan’s Lindsey Fleming. (Photo by John Fisken)

Avalon Renninger sinks two fourth-quarter free throws to give the Wolves the lead.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Avalon Renninger sinks two fourth-quarter free throws to give the Wolves the lead. (Photo by John Fisken)

Kylie VanVelkinburgh looks for an open teammate.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Kylie VanVelkinburgh looks for an open teammate. (Photo by John Fisken)