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Big middle quarters lift Wolves to win | Girls basketball
Dominating the middle quarters, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team pushed aside visiting rival South Whidbey 42-27 Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The Wolves outscored the Falcons 14-4 in the second quarter and 13-5 in the third to build a 35-16 lead.
South Whidbey hung with the Wolves early, trailing by only one, 8-7, at the end of the opening period.
Then Coupeville took off. Makana Stone used her quickness to beat defenders to the hoop and scored nine points in quarter to spark the attack.
In the third quarter, Madeline Strasburg scored seven points, including a three-pointer, to help pad the lead.
Coupeville coach David King substituted liberally in the second half as the Wolves kept the Falcons winless in conference play (0-3, 1-6).
Eight different Coupeville players scored, guided by Stone with 16. Strasburg finished with nine, and Bree Messner, Kacie Kiel and Hailey Hammer had four each. Wynter Thorne and Monica Vidoni added two apiece, and Amanda Fabrizi had one.
While most went well for the Wolves, they continued to struggle at the line, hitting only five of 16.
Kacie Hanson scored nine points and Abbey Hodson eight for the Falcons.
King liked his club's execution, especially the press, which they had been working on in practice, and the offensive decision making.
Going into the game, he told his team, "Let's run and see if they can keep up with us."
He added that when the break wasn't there, his team worked its half-court offense and forced the Falcons to play defense.
Coupeville (2-1, 3-2) goes to Orcas Island (3-0) for a nonleague game at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.