A strong final frame couldn’t undo the damage from the first three as the Coupeville High School boys basketball team fell 57-37 to visiting South Whidbey Friday.
The Falcons held the Wolves to eight or fewer points in each of the first three quarters and steadily pulled away.
South Whidbey led 16-8, 31-15 and 51-23 before the Wolves out scored the Falcons 14-6 in the final period.
Coupeville coach Anthony Smith said, “They were more aggressive than us early. A team is often a reflection of their coach, and Henry (Pope) likes to get after it.”
“We dug a little hole early,” Smith added, and the Falcons put the game away by out scoring the Wolves 20-8 in the third quarter.
Smith, who tried different mixtures of players throughout the game, said, “We finished well.”
Since the Wolves are 0-6 (0-3 in conference), Smith said it won’t hurt to experiment to find which kids “want to play.” Morgan Payne, for example, has played well in junior varsity games and may see more varsity action, Smith said.
Coupeville received “pretty good games” from Nick Streubel, Carson Risner and Caleb Valko, according to Smith.
Streubel pitched in with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Risner had six points and eight boards and Valko finished with six points and seven rebounds.
Aaron Trumbull had four points, Josh Wilsey three, Aaron Curtin three, Drew Chan two and Anthony Bergeron two.
The Wolves have two nonleague games this week after hosting Sultan Tuesday. Today they head to Friday Harbor (0-4) for a 4:30 p.m. game, then Saturday Orcas Island (2-0) comes to Coupeville at 3:30 p.m.