Wolves rally to win conference opener / Girls basketball

Shutting out Sultan in the fourth quarter, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team roared from behind to defeat the host Turks 39-28 in the conference opener Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Coupeville, winners of five straight, are now 6-1 and play three non-league games before returning to North Sound Conference action.

The Wolves play at Port Townsend (2-5) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and then host a tough Nooksack Valley (3-2) squad at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. The Pioneers defeated Sultan 79-33 earlier this season.

The Wolves trailed 28-23 going into the fourth quarter at Sultan, then they hit nine of 12 free throws and blanked the Turks to secure the win.

“We really dug in and had a refuse-to-lose mentality that brought us home,” coach Scott Fox said. “It was really exciting to be part of that win.”

Coupeville went up 10-9 in the first quarter but managed only 4 points in the second period and trailed 21-14 at the break.

Chelsea Prescott helped ignite the fourth-quarter comeback with a three-pointer, Scout Smith hit a pair of hoops and the Wolves took care of business at the free-throw line to complete the rally.

Free-throw shooting has not been a strong point for Coupeville this season, but the Wolves sank 18 of 28 against the Turks.

Sultan missed all eight of its tries from the line.

Smith led all scorers with 12 points. Hannah Davidson had 9, Prescott 8, Maddie Georges 4, Avalon Renninger 4 and Kylie VanVelkinburgh 2.

Lindsey Fleming and Grace Trichler had 11 each for Sultan (1-5).

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