Good start not enough as Falcons fall to Coupeville / Girls basketball

Unable to sustain its early momentum, the South Whidbey High School girls basketball team lost 50-15 to visiting Coupeville in the conference opener Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The Falcons (0-1, 0-6) will look to pick up their first win when Cedar Park Christian (0-1, 2-4) comes to Langley at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

In the loss to Coupeville, Lexi Starets-Foote scored 6 points in the first quarter, Emma Hodson added a bucket and the Falcons finished the period in an 8-8 tie.

Starets-Foote ran into foul trouble and sat much of the second quarter, robbing South Whidbey of the inertia it developed in the opening period.

Over the final three quarters, the Falcons scored only 7 points.

Coupeville’s press also began to take its toll on the Falcons as the Wolves produced 11 steals in the first half, converting many into points.

South Whidbey’s Ashley Lynch drilled a three-pointer in the second quarter, but that was it for the Falcons, who were outscored in the period 18-3.

The Wolves were spurred in the quarter of Lindsey Roberts, who tallied 9 points.

Things only got worse in the third quarter. Ema Smith sank two three-balls and a free throw to score 7 points for Coupeville as the Wolves blanked South Whidbey 15-0 to take a 41-11 lead.

Ella Wood and Farris Jokinen each hit a hoop in the final frame but the Falcons were outscored 9-4.

Starets-Foote’s 6 points led South Whidbey for the game. Lynch finished with 3, and Jokinen, Wood and Hodson had 2 each.

The Coupeville press resulted in 22 steals for the Wolves, five coming from Scout Smith. Conversely, Coupeville committed only 12 turnovers in the game.

Roberts and Ema Smith each scored 15 points to lead the Wolves.

Coupeville also hurt South Whidbey by snaring 20 offensive rebounds.