The Coupeville High School girls basketball team split a pair of road games over the weekend; unfortunately, the one they needed most slipped away.
The Wolves won 34-28 at Port Townsend in a non-league game Saturday, Jan. 25, but lost 35-21 at Cedar Park Christian in a North Sound Conference showdown the night before.
The league loss to CPC dropped the Wolves (4-2, 10-4) into third place in the conference standings with three games remaining. The Eagles (7-1, 14-5) held onto second place; King’s remains in first (4-0, 13-4).
Coupeville plays the first-place Knights at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at King’s.
Cedar Park Christian 35, Coupeville 21
The Wolves played good defense, particularly on reigning league MVP Irena Korolenko, but had their own offensive struggles.
Korolenko finished with only 4 points.
“(The) kids played hard as always, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Coupeville coach Scott Fox said.
Coupeville jumped to an 8-3 lead in the first quarter but managed only 2 points in the second period and trailed 13-10 at the half.
The Eagles’ Trinity Mischel pumped in 9 points in the third quarter as Cedar Park Christian pulled away, 29-17.
Freshman Maddie Georges led the Wolves in scoring, hitting a trio of three-ball for 9 points. Izzy Wells had 4 points, Hannah Davidson 3, Avalon Renninger 2, Carolyn Lhamon 2 and Scout Smith 1.
Mischel finished with 11 to lead the Eagles.
Coupeville 34, Port Townsend 28
Coupeville limited the Redhawks (4-11) to 3 points in both the second and fourth quarters to earn the non-league win.
“We feel very fortunate to come out on top,” Fox said. “Maddie Georges hit some huge threes for us to pull us close and keep us in the lead.”
Georges drained a pair of three-pointers in the first period to help the Wolves go into the second quarter down by only 2, 12-10.
Scout Smith scored 6 points to lead the Coupeville offense in the second period, PT scored just 3 and the Wolves went into the break with a 17-15 lead.
Smith added 4 points in the third quarter, Georges hit another three-ball and Coupeville led 26-25 heading into the final frame.
The Wolves thwarted any Port Townsend comeback by giving up just 3 points in the fourth quarter and inched ahead with the help of 3 points each from Davidson and Chelsea Prescott.
Georges finished with 9 points, Smith 8, Prescott 7, Davidson 5, Wells 4 and Renninger 1.
Sorina Johnston topped PT with 7.