A 41-32 win over visiting Granite Falls Friday, Jan. 31, locked up third place in the North Sound Conference for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team.
The Wolves (5-3, 11-5) finish the regular season at home with South Whidbey (3-5, 9-10) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Coupeville begins the eight-team, double-elimination district tournament at the No. 2 seed of the Northwest Conference at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.
Coupeville 41, Granite Falls 32
“The kids fought from tip till final buzzer, and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls than I am of these kids,” Coupeville coach Scott Fox said. “We might have our ups and downs throughout the game, but when it’s on the line, they seem to come through.”
Granite Falls (0-8, 4-16) will finish last in the North Sound Conference, but the Tigers gave the Wolves a battle twice this season.
Coupeville edged Granite Falls 34-33 Jan. 20.
Five Wolves scored, led by Chelsea Prescott with two hoops, as Coupeville zipped to a 14-9 first-quarter lead.
The Tigers then outscored the Wolves 11-4 in the second period to take a 20-18 halftime lead.
Granite Falls still led, 28-27, going into the fourth quarter.
The Wolves finished strong, holding the Tigers to only 4 points while Scout Smith scored 5, Hannah Davidson tallied 4 and Maddie Georges hit a three-ball for Coupeville.
Georges finished with a game-high 11 points. Smith had 9, Davidson 7, Prescott 6, Izzy Wells 4, Tia Wurzrainer 2 and Avalon Renninger 2.
Jenny Rodenbaugh led the Tigers with 10.
Coupeville committed only eight fouls in the game and Granite Falls shot only two free throws, making one.
Coupeville was 7-for-16 from the line but hit 5 of 7 in the final period.
“It was a good win for us, but we had to come back again,” Fox said. “The kids really fought through this one and made some clutch plays down the stretch.”