Shockers have a winning night against Pateros

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Jordan Davis goes for the basket against Pateros. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

WATERVILLE — Pateros traveled to the Waterville Plateau to meet up with the Shockers for a non-conference game on Dec. 14.

The girls varsity team had an impressive game, defeating the Nannies 59-21. Waterville/Mansfield’s girls showed an improvement in their physical conditioning with faster play and stamina.

The Shockers defense dominated from the opening tip, intercepting several passes on the perimeter and leading to points on the fast break. Waterville/Mansfield shut out Pateros in the first frame and held the Nannies to only seven points in the half.

In addition to the countless steals, Waterville/Mansfield secured nearly every defensive rebound, keeping Pateros to only one opportunity on almost all of their possessions.

The Waterville’Mansfield defense was superb and the Shockers cruised through the second half.

“They did a good job,” said coach Kieth Finkbeiner with a big smile.

Scoring for the Shockers were Elizabeth Katovich (12 points), Sarah Mullen (10 points), Justine Clements (9 points), Brooke Willms (9 points), Presley Avenell (6 points), Codee Fry (4 points), Lexi Deishl (3 points), Alyssa Hansen (3 points), Meredith Mittelstaedt (2 points) and Ali Mires (1 point).

Ali Mires shoots a free throw against Pateros. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

There was no girls junior varsity game.

The Shockers boys junior varsity team also posted an impressive win against the Billygoats with a final score of 62-28.

Scoring for the Shockers were Kayden Browning (16 points), Mauricio Negrete (10 points), Kody Angus (9 points), Evan Simmons (7 points), Kyler Borden (7 points), Eli Van Lith (6 points), Jaylen Hope (5 points) and TJ Moser (2 points).

Waterville/Mansfield’s varsity boys had to work hard to post up their 58-50 win against the Pateros.

The Shockers led most of the way but the scores stayed close.

Johnny Mullen led Waterville/Mansfield with 28 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Pateros led by five points in the fourth quarter.

Shockers coach Heath Jordan said the tide turned with about 1:30 left in regulation when Jacob Stibal took a charge and gave momentum back to Waterville/Mansfield.

The Shockers rattled off eight straight points to end the game and escaped the upset bid from the Billygoats.

“We switched into a 1-3-1 zone in the fourth quarter when we were down to switch it up and we got some turnovers which led to easy buckets,” Jordan said. “I was more impressed with the offense on the night because we showed up when we needed to the most.”

In addition to Mullen’s 28 points, others scoring for the Shockers were Jordan Davis (8 points), Devyn Klinginsmith (6 points), Will Osborne (5 points), Ethan Petersen (5 points), Stibal (4 points) and Cole Koenig (2 points). Petersen, Osborne and Davis each scored one 3-point basket.

It was Retro Night for the Shockers with team members wearing old jerseys and the cheer squad attired in uniforms from the past.

World sports staff contributed to this story.

 

Cheerleaders in their “retro” uniforms are Emily Thomsen, Jordan Adams, Laura Castillo, Haley Henson and Eliana Silva. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)