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Boys win, girls lose in non-league Coupeville games
The Lady Vikings (3-2) traveled to Coupeville (4-5) for a last minute loss against the Wolves on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The Vikings hit the court fast, leading the Wolves 14-4 after the first quarter but stalled in the second quarter, entering halftime with their lead reduced 16-14. Shelbi Rogers and Bella Nigretto brought the offense back to life, ending the third quarter 27-20 and looking set on a win. Defensively, Lana Bronn, Aliviah Garcia and Alicia Susol kept the Wolves out of the paint.
However, the Wolves entered the fourth quarter focused and began to hit their shots and control the boards. The Wolves got the lead 28-27 with four minutes left and ultimately outscored the Vikings 19-4 in the fourth while the Viking scoring went frigid, ending in a 39-31 loss.
“It went good in the first half, but we have to learn to be patient, which we weren't in the second half,” said Coach Gregg Sasan. “We have to work on boxing out and rebounding, which hurt us today. Defense is coming around but we have to learn to play under pressure.”
Viking scoring was led by Nigretto with 16 points, Rogers 11 and Garcia and Bronn 2 each.
The Viking Boys (3-2) beat the Coupeville Wolves (0-9) in another come-from-behind win after a wild game.
Due to players on vacation, the Vikings only suited six varsity players, including two brought up from JV; freshman Pasha Bullock and sophomore Jay Zier.
In a game that more resembled a rugby match with a basketball, the refs baffled the entire crowd with a series of mystery technical fouls and non-calls throughout the game.
The Wolves led after the first quarter 21-14 and kept their lead after the second, 32 to 28. But aggressive play got the Wolves in foul trouble, helped by Jack Gates’ relentless drives in the paint. With six minutes left in the third quarter and the Wolves shooting off, the Vikings tied the game and ended the quarter leading 53-45.
Gates and Jake Zier ramped up the scoring in the fourth quarter while Rylan Date and the Zier brothers dominated the rebounds to hold on to a 66-61 victory.
“It was a rough game, there was no doubt about it,” Coach Rich Madan said. “Jake got pushed around by their big guys and the refs didn't call anything. Jack had a good game again. I had to bring up some JV players and Pasha and Jay did fantastic.”
Viking scoring was led by Gates with 36 points, Jake 20, Jay 8 and Date and Bullock 1 each. Date had 9 rebounds, Jake 12 and Jay 13.
On Jan. 4, both Viking teams play the Braves in LaConner.