Buoyed by an impressive all-around game, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 48-19 victory at Granite Falls Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The Wolves dominated all facets of the game while breaking a three-game losing streak. Coupeville will need the momentum when it takes on first-place King's (5-0, 8-3) at home at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
In a game with many positives, one that stood out was defense. Coupeville held the Tigers to only seven first-half points, leading 17-4 and 34-7 at the quarters. The Wolves managed to top that effort by blanking Granite Falls in the third period to go up 42-7.
Coupeville coach David King said the goal was to disrupt the Tigers' offense by changing defenses. Zone and man-to-man presses led many steals and easy baskets for his club. Coupeville finished the game with 17 steals, six from Bree Messner and four by Kacie Kiel.
The Wolves collected 43 rebounds, with an incredible 25 at the offensive end, enough though starting post Hailey Hammer missed the game with an injury.
Makana Stone led the assault on the boards with 12 rebounds (seven of offense), and Monica Vidoni added eight (five on offense), Kiel seven (six on offense) and Amanda Fabrizi six (three on offense).
Stone scored seven points and Kiel, starting for Hammer, five in the first quarter to get the Wolves started.
With Hammer out and post players Stone and Julia Myers in foul trouble, Monica Vidoni picked up the slack inside and scored six second-quarter points to keep the Wolves' offense humming heading into halftime.
For the game, Stone led the offense with 14 points to go along with her 12 rebounds although she sat much of the game, first with fouls and then while reserves played during the rout.
Kiel added seven points, Vidoni six, Fabrizi six, Maddi Strasburg five, Messner four, Myers four and Wynter Thorne two.
Kimberly Martinez paced the Tigers with 12 points, all in the fourth quarter.
There was plenty of praise to go around.
King said it was nice to get Messner back after she missed the previous game with an injury: "What a difference it makes having the team's floor leader back on the court. (She) had one of her best games."
Kiel "brought an aggressive mindset" and played "her best game of the year," King said.
"Makana had another very good game," he added.
Vidoni received "extended time in the (second) quarter and it paid off on the offensive end for us."
Myers "has been working hard on her form," King said. "She is shooting with more confidence."
"Overall, a very well-played game by the Coupeville players," King said. "The girls should be very proud of how we played as a team."