Cougar girls tame Wolves

Aly Stewart runs the ball upcourt. The senior forward had nine points against Coupeville. -
Aly Stewart runs the ball upcourt. The senior forward had nine points against Coupeville.
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MARYSVILLE After a tough loss to Archbishop Murphy, the Lakewood girls took a trip into Seattle to watch some Husky basketball.
The inspiration seemed apparent when they played conference heel-biter Coupeville in what was anything but a nailbiter Jan. 16. The win put Coupeville in third place in conference standings, two games back from Lakewood.
We went down to UW and watched to see what they do at the Division I level, said Lakewood coach Chris Walster after his Cougars 54-38 win. I think we saw flashes of it tonight.
Lakewood and Coupeville played a furiously paced first quarter, starting with a Lakewood goal less than 15 seconds in. The Cougars trailed by a basket entering the second quarter, but imposed their own tempo and style on the Wolves for the remainder of the evening, opening the second period with an 11-2 run to take control of the game. Seven of Anna Works game-high 13 points came in the Cougars 20-point second quarter.
Lakewood put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 18-9, thanks in part to senior forward Aly Stewart, who got a hot hand for seven points.
Coupeville had different players light up different quarters for them, but Lakewood was effective inside against their 5-10 senior post, Shawna West, who was limited to seven points.
Though both teams played aggressive defense, Lakewood points came from all over the court. An average of four different Lakewood players scored in each quarter, making it difficult to predict and slow down their offense.
After a sixth-place league finish last year, Lakewood is defying expectations with a 4-1 record just one win from their total output last year. And during a rare season in which Kings isnt dominating the standings, Lakewood has a chance at a historic season. Walster pointed to his scorebook as he explained his teams improvement.
I think what really is helping is this, he said. In the past, its been Aly Stewart and Anna Work. And if you stop them, you stop Lakewood.
Against Coupeville, the majority of Lakewoods points were spread out among four players Work, Stewart and seniors Karli Hesselman and Jennifer Lind. Hesselman had a double-double in the game, while Lind is Lakewoods leading scorer this season.
With his teams productive season so far, Walster is optimistic about his teams prospects.
If we can hang with those guys, Walster said of league-leading Archbishop Murphy, we can play anyone in the league. And I feel that way now.

At Lakewood H.S.

Lakewood 8 20 18 8 54
Coupeville 10 9 9 10 38

Lakewood Hesselman 11, Stewart 9, Steinborn 2, Hoidal 6, Wiederkehr 2, Jocelyn Shafer 2, Work 13, Lind 9. Coupeville Kayla Lawson 7, Smith 12, Ebersole 4, Kassie Lawson 4, West 7, Manker 4. 3-point goals Hoidal 1, Work 3, Smith 1, Stewart 2, Lawson 1. Records Lakewood 8-4 overall, 4-1 in conference. Coupeville 6-6, 4-3.

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