It’s been a good week for the Wolverines, with both boys and girls basketball teams both scoring wins against Darrington and Orcas.
The Darrington conference game took place Jan. 28, with the girls taking the win home at 52-23 and the boys at 42-22. The Orcas game was also a conference tournament, which took place Feb. 1. The game was a close one for the girls, coming in at an intense 43-38. The boys came in with a swooping win, beating Orcas at 80-39.
For the Darrington game, Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Sue Grenfell said, “Our passing and shot selection showed a lot of improvement, and we were really able to get into a good offensive flow for extended stretches of the game.”
Mia Blackmon, Sheya Welty, and Audrey Allen all made over five steals throughout the game, with McKenna Clark, Sheya Welty, and Mia Blackmon scoring over ten points.
The success put the team in a good head space for the subsequent Orcas game, which Grenfell described as the best game of the year.
The lady Wolverines were up by six points at halftime and played a very strong third quarter, leading to a 29-27 advantage. Orcas then cut into their lead during the fourth quarter and Friday Harbor didn’t get many shots in. However, Grenfell said that thanks to strong defense and rebounding, they were allowed to hold onto the lead and end up with a win.
Boys Varsity Coach Collin Williamson said, “In the last two games we’ve played this season we have really been emphasizing ‘taking care of business’ and ‘doing your job’. That attitude and dedication from the players has produced two solid wins against league teams.”
As for the boys Darrington game, Williamson said the team had trouble getting the ball in the basket on offense, but their defensive pressure created an opportunity for them to win.
This strong defense also came in handy during the Orcas game, as he said the opposing team was very strong offensively.
During this game, he gave a shout out to senior captains Dylan Roberson and Cameron Wilson as they went for 28 and 16 points.
Coming up, Coupeville, the no. 1 team in the league, will be taking the trip to Friday Harbor Feb. 12.
“It will be a huge test for us,” said Williamson. “Their team is very disciplined and well coached, if we can play like we’ve been playing the past two weeks we have a shot at taking a game from an undefeated team. The girls game is at 4:00pm and our game is at 5:30, we had so much support from the community last night against Orcas and it made all the difference. If we can have the same turnout it would be such a boost for both of our programs!”