The Wolverines scraped together just enough points when it mattered most to seal their fourth consecutive win in an offensively anemic 24-19 victory on the road Wednesday over Coupeville.
Junior Madi Kincaid scored all of her game-high 13 points in the second half, including a pair of buckets from beyond the 3-point stripe, and accounted for all seven points that the Wolverines tallied in the fourth and final period as well.
She tossed in six in the pivotal third period, in which Friday Harbor, trailing by two points at the break, outscored the home team 9-3 to take a 5-point advantage into the final period of play.
Despite having home court advantage, the Wolves (4-3) had more turnovers, 23, than points in the Dec. 17 non-league contest. The 24 points scored by the Wolverines marks a season-low, who averaged 43.3 points per game over their first five.
With the victory, Friday Harbor improved to 5-1 overall and, on the heels of a 38-32 victory at home Dec. 16 over Northwest 2B/1B League rival Darrington, remain undefeated in league play at 3-0.
Tied at 20 points apiece at the half, the Wolverines outscored the Darrington 18-12 after the break to seal the league win at home.
In her first full-game of the season, junior Allie Galt, sidelined with an ankle injury in the first four games of the season, tossed in 12 points to share team-high scoring honors with Kincaid in the win over the Loggers. Darrington’s Jordy Stafford also scored 12 points in the contest.
At Coupeville, Galt scored six in the first half and finished the game with seven points. Madden Shanks and Lili Wood each had two.
The Wolverines will face Nooksack Valley and Squalicum in the annual “Crush in the Slush” tournament, hosted by Port Townsend Dec. 26-27. They begin the new year at home against a traveling team from Australia, Jan. 3, and travel to Orcas Island Tuesday, Jan. 6, to take on the Vikings in the first of a two-game regular season series against their longtime league and inter-island rival.
— Scott Rasmussen