Waterville/Mansfield teams overtake Soap Lake

Shocker varsity players Ben Garnica, Jordan Davis and Devyn Klinginsmith against Soap Lake. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Shocker girls varsity players Elizabeth Katovich, Alex Poppie and Alyssa Hansen. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

It was a great night all around for the Shocker boys and girls on Dec. 7 as each team was victorious over the Soap Lake Eagles at the Shocker Dome.

The Waterville/Mansfield girls junior varsity team had a strong night and overpowered the Eagles 52-7. Statistics were unavailable.

The Shocker junior varsity boys basketball team had and equally strong night with a 51-13 win over the Eagles.

Scoring for Waterville/Mansfield were Kayden Browning (12 points), Kyler Borden (10 points), TJ Moser (9 points), Cody Deshazer (8 points), Evan Simmons (7 points), Jaylen Hope (3 points) and Travis Prey (2 points).

The Shocker girls varsity team had a much tougher time with Soap Lake. The score was close up to the end with the Shockers winning 26-22.

The Waterville/Mansfield defense provided a silver lining to a dreary offensive night with a strong defensive performance that pushed the hosts past the visiting Eagles.

“We just kept doing what we did in the first half and I thought defensively we were right where we needed to be,” Shocker coach Kieth Finkbeiner said. “We tried to follow Sophia Janakowski around and stop her from scoring but overall our defense was pretty good the whole game.”

Shocker junior varsity players Haley Vargas, Bailey Viebrock and Mckenna Gurnard. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

Waterville/Mansfield’s Justine Clements made a crucial steal that led to her go-ahead layup in the final minutes of the game.

Scoring for the Shockers were Alyssa Hansen (7 points), Clements (6 points), Elizabeth Katovich (4 points), Meredith Mittelstaedt (3 points), Ali Mires (3 points), Sarah Mullen (2 points) and Codee Fry (1 point). Mittelstaedt and Clements each made one 3-point shot.

Waterville/Mansfield’s boys varsity team started off in an even game but then struggled through the rest of the first half. The team played a near perfect third quarter to outscore the Eagles 23-1 in the frame and claim a 51-29 league win.

Junior varsity players Evan Simmons and TJ Moser in action. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

“We started coming out and taking care of the ball in the first half but it was only 22-17 in the third quarter,” Waterville/Mansfield coach Heath Jordan said. “We came in and used our height advantage in the third quarter and started getting a lot of tips that created easy lay-ins instead of fighting against their inside zone defense.”

Getting those easy baskets set the Shockers up on the defensive end, enabling them to force the Eagles to take long shots. Waterville/Mansfield pulled all of it off without incurring much in the way of foul trouble.

“Still trying to teach these guys how to play with a lead and we got a little sloppy and let them outscore us 11-6,” Jordan said. “We came out and played well and we had film on them. We just weren’t making our shots. We missed five or six lay-ins in the first quarter alone, but we went out and took control of the game.”

Scoring for the Shockers were Johnny Mullen (18 points), Jacob Stibal (10 points), Devyn Klinginsmith (10 points), Ben Garnica (5 points), Jordan Davis (5 points), Ethan Petersen (2 points) and Cole Koenig (1 point). Davis and Garnica each made a 3-point basket.

World sports staff contributed to this story.