Shocker teams tame the Tigers

Codee Fry makes the last shot of the junior varsity game, with Mckenna Gurnard, Haley Vargas, Emily Thomsen and Bailey Viebrock. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Johnny Mullen with the tip-off in varsity action against Tonasket as Devyn Klinginsmith watches. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

WATERVILLE — The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers hosted the Tonasket Tigers on Dec. 12.

The first game of the night got off to a great start with the junior varsity girls defeating the Tiger girls 53-27. Scoring for the Shockers were Mckenna Gurnard (12 points), Codee Fry (12 points), Meredith Mittelstaedt (10 points), Ella Osborne (8 points), Presley Avenell (6 points), Emily Thomsen (3 points) and Haley Vargas (2 points). The Shockers had seven 3-point baskets. Avenell, Mittelstaedt and Gurnard each had two 3-pointers and Ella Osborne had one 3-point basket.

The junior varsity boys team fell behind the Tigers in the beginning of the game but they narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter. The Tigers took the game 47-41. Scoring for Waterville/Mansfield were Kayden Browning (19 points), Evan Simmons (8 points), Travis Prey (4 points), Jaylen Hope (4 points), Kody Angus (3 points) and TJ Moser (3 points).

The Shockers girls varsity had a hard time scoring in the first quarter as did Tonasket. The Shockers led at the end of the first quarter 6-4. At half time, Waterville/Mansfield continued the lead 13-8 and also stayed ahead of the Tigers at the end of the third quarter 26-17. The girls kept ahead with the final score of 42-27.

Shocker coach Kieth Finkbeiner said he was impressed with his team’s defensive fundamentals and ball security.

“They came out and pressured us in the full court right away,” Finkbeiner said. “But we handled that pressure so they eventually fell back into the half-court pressure. They’re a super aggressive team and well coached, so we needed to take care of the ball tonight and we did.”

Overall play and physical conditioning has greatly improved since the beginning of the season. Finkbeiner was well pleased with his team’s effort to stay focused on the game and on their teamwork.

Justine Clements shoots as Ali Mires and Sarah Mullen wait for the rebound in varsity action against Tonasket on Dec. 12. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

Scoring for the Shockers were Elizabeth Katovich (17 points), Justine Clements (10 points), Sarah Mullen (7 points), Meredith Mittelstaedt (3 points), Ali Mires 3 (points) and Alyssa Hansen (2 points). In addition to being top scorer for Waterville/Mansfield, Katovich made 9 of 14 free throws.

The Shockers varsity boys had a hard battle with the equally skilled Tigers. The first quarter ended with the Shockers leading 20-15. At halftime, the score was 30-29. Starting in the third quarter, the Shockers took more control with Johnny Mullen continuing to have an outstanding game scoring 32 points. Will Osborne made three 3-point shots as well as Cole Koenig and Jordan Davis, each with one 3-point shot. Devyn Klinginsmith scored four times with offensive rebounds. The third quarter ended with Waterville/Mansfield leading 50-38. The Shockers ended up ousting the Tigers by a final score of 65-51.

Team members showed much improvement in their physical condition which was seen in their play all the way to the end of the game.

“Our outside game did well,” Waterville/Mansfield coach Heath Jordan said. “We hit five 3-pointers, I’m not sure we’ve done that in the last two years. That opened up (Tonasket’s) pressure and Johnny worked well on the high post. He was able to just turn, shoot and make it. If he didn’t, he would get offensive rebounds and put it back in. He had 12 field goals, all around the rim, and was 8-11 from the free throw line.”

Scoring for the Shockers were Mullen (32 points), Osborne (11 points), Klinginsmith (10 points), Koenig (5 points), Jacob Stibal (4 points) and Davis (3 points).

World sports staff contributed to this story.

 

Shocker junior varsity players David MacDonald, Evan Simmons, Kody Angus, Kayden Browning and Travis Prey on the defense. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)