Girls lose in opener with Entiat

Lexi Deishl plays defense. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

 

By David Heiling
The Empire Press

Alyssa Hansen passes the ball out with Sarah Mullen (14) in the backround. The Shockers played at Entiat on Dec. 1. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

ENTIAT — The Waterville-Mansfield girls basketball team lost to Entiat 57-36 on Dec. 1 in both teams’ first basketball game of the 2017-18 season. The Shockers competed with their 1B counterparts in the first quarter, but a 10-0 Entiat run in the second quarter brought the score to 32-14 entering the locker rooms for halftime.

Waterville-Mansfield was led by Elizabeth Katovich with 11 points, and teammate Justine Clements added 7 for the visiting Shockers.

Waterville-Mansfield coach Kieth Finkbeiner said the Shockers were outmatched on the court, and took most of the blame for the season-opening loss.

“We didn’t play very well at all,” Finkbeiner said. “Hats off to Entiat, though, they played very well and they will be a very good team this year. They outcoached us, coach (Laurie) Pipkin had her team ready to go and they got us right out of the gates. Their mentality was better than ours.”

Finkbeiner said although it was the first game of the season and he now knows what to focus on in practice, his team needs to be mentally ready to play every game moving forward. He added that the Shockers will do nothing but improve.

“We have a bright future, there’s no doubt about that,” Finkbeiner said. “We have a mix of girls on the team this year, we have some upperclassmen, and five freshmen on varsity. There might be some growing pains. We’re going to improve, and come together as a team. There is a lot of potential here and a lot of promise.”

The Shockers are young, but in a league without a clear cut favorite in the Central Washington 2B League, Waterville-Mansfield will look to compete in, and be in contention in, most if not all games the rest of the way.

Highlights: Entiat — Natalya Paz (27 points), Faith Southard (11 points). Waterville-Mansfield — Justine Clements (7 points). Elizabeth Katovich (11 points).