Shocker girls have young squad

Coaches Abby O’Brien, Katy Giddings and Brycen Greenwood with Emily Thomsen and Mckenna Gurnard. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)


By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Shocker girls practice offensive plays. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Waterville/Mansfield Shocker girls began their?Central Washington 2B League?basketball season on Nov. 13 with practice.

?We only have?13 girls turn out for this year?s team,” said coach Kieth Finkbeiner.?”So to have both a JV team and varsity team,?we’ll move a few eighth-graders up to play just on the JV team.?

This year there are three seniors, one junior,?two sophomores and seven freshmen.?Of the?13?players, one is from Mansfield.

Ten players?attended two of this past summer’s BNB basketball camps and two other players attended one camp. Only one player was unavailable to attend the camps.

Finkbeiner said, ?Our league has nine teams in it and to make to the playoffs we have to be one of the top four teams.?So wins early in the season are important. Our goal is to get into the district tournament.?

This year, the?junior varsity team will be coached by Abby O?Brien. Volunteer coaches are Brycen Greenwood and Katy Giddings. Giddings is from Wenatchee and a graduate?of Republic High School. Finkbeiner, O?Brien and Greenwood are all Waterville High School graduates. All four coaches have played in high school tournaments in the Spokane arena.

?This is a group of coaches that have had the successful experience we want for the girls to have this year,? said Finkbeiner.

The Waterville/Mansfield basketball program will also?feature?a special theme for each home game.

The first home game is Dec.?2 against Brewster?and the theme?will be Alumni Night. The Brewster Bears were league champion last year and they did not lose any players to graduation.

The Shockers’ season begins Dec. 1 at Entiat.