That's when he decided to go win the game himself.
Couch drove to his left, created separation from his defender, and drained a 15-foot jump shot with 12 seconds remaining to give Chouteau a 53-52 victory over previously undefeated Ketchum in the first round of the Class 2A boys state tournament.
“I couldn't hear the play coach was calling for, so I just went with it,” Couch said. “I always have the confidence to a shot like that. And even though I couldn't hear him, I knew my coach had confidence in me to go ahead and take it myself.”
Couch had just four points before knocking down the game-winner.
“Even though my shots hadn't really been falling all game I still felt confident taking it,” Couch said. “I've taken big shots my whole life. It doesn't matter how the game has been going for me, I can always take a shot like that with confidence.”
In the first half, Chouteau struggled to slow down Ketchum senior Jeylyn Sharpe who went into halftime with 17 points. The Chouteau defense tightened up on Sharpe in the second half, holding him to just two points in the third quarter.
“We started trying to double him in the second half,” Chouteau coach Travis Wheeler said. “We were swarming him to force him to give up the ball and make someone else to hit shots.”
Sharpe finished with 26 points for Ketchum to lead all scorers. Senior guard Jordon Shive led Chouteau with 19 points.
Chouteau will meet Latta in the semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Oklahoma City University.