Perennial power King’s flexed its muscles in wins over the visiting Coupeville High School basketball teams Friday, Jan. 4.
The Knights won the boys game 76-23 and the girls game 50-17 to remain unbeaten in three North Sound Conference contests.
Each game followed a similar pattern. The King’s boys limited the Wolves to only 2 points in each of the first and third quarters, while the Knights’ girls team held Coupeville scoreless in those periods.
The Wolves continue conference play at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The boys (0-2, 1-8) host Granite Falls (0-3, 2-10) while the girls (2-1, 4-6) travel to Cedar Park Christian-Bothell (2-1, 5-5).
King’s boys 76, Coupeville 23
Tyler Linhardt scored 9 points to lead the Knights to a 16-2 first-quarter lead.
Coupeville got its offense going in the second period with 11 points, but King’s poured in 21 to lead 37-13 at the break.
The Knights upped their lead to 55-15 heading into the fourth quarter.
Linhardt finished with 19 points as all 12 Knights who suited up scored.
Hawthorne Wolfe and Gavin Knoblich each scored 6 points to lead Coupeville. Jered Brown added 4; Jakobi Pilgrim, Mason Grove and Sean Toomey-Stout 2 each; and Ulrik Wells 1.
King’s girls 50, Coupeville 17
The two teams came into the game as the league’s only unbeaten clubs with 2-0 records. The Knights had little trouble staking a claim to first place as six different players scored on the way to a 15-0 first-quarter lead.
Lindsey Roberts helped picked up the Coupeville offense with 7 second-quarter points, but the Wolves trailed 31-10 at halftime.
The Knights blanked Coupeville in the third quarter to push its advantage to 42-10.
While his team’s offense struggled, Coupeville coach David King liked the play of his defense: “Our defensive effort was present all game. In the second quarter we caused a 30-second violation, (and) Lindsey also had a highlight-reel block.
“Defensively we kept fighting the whole second half and held them to 11 and 8 points.”
Jada Wynn, the freshman daughter of University of Washington women’s coach Jody Wynn, finished with 17 points to lead the Knights.
Roberts led Coupeville with 9 points, Avalon Renninger had 4, Ema Smith 3 and Scout Smith 1; Hannah Davidson collected six rebounds.
“Our reserves gave us some great minutes all game long,” King said. “Avalon was aggressive on both ends of the court; Tia (Wurzrainer) brought us a good spark on the defensive end; (and) Nicole (Laxton) is establishing herself as a very good rebounder.
“The starters led us the whole game with their energy and never-quit attitude.
“We did a lot of good on defense, (although we) still have somethings to correct. But it’s things we can correct.
“Offensively we need to get better at attacking the rim and defender.
“I never like losing, but this game showed me we will compete with the very good teams and can and will get better.”