Shockers girls overwhelmed by defending champs ACH

By David Heiling
The Empire Press

COULEE CITY — The Waterville/Mansfield girls basketball team struggled to make its game against the defending 1B runners-up Almira-Coulee-Hartline Titans competitive on Dec. 29, falling by a final score of 65-25.

Almira-Coulee-Hartline forward Gabbi Isaac scored just one point less than the Shockers’ whole team. Waterville/Mansfield coach Kieth Finkbeiner said although the Titans are a 1B school, Almira-Coulee-Hartline was the best team the Shockers have faced all season long.

“They have outstanding posts, and they have outstanding ball handlers,” Finkbeiner said after the game. “They have a good offensive team and I wasn’t able to outcoach them tonight. They were one step ahead of us the whole game and we just couldn’t find a way to slow them down.”

Finkbeiner also lamented the fact that giving up 65 points won’t win you many games at the 2B high school level.

“They move the ball so well and so fast on the perimeter, it’s hard to keep up,” Finkbeiner said of Almira-Coulee-Hartline’s offense. “Their passing was exceptional. Easily the best team we’ve played all year.”

Shockers senior Justine Clements scored 10 of Waterville/Mansfield’s 25 points on the evening.

It was a lopsided battle from the opening tipoff, as Almira-Coulee-Hartline got out to a 17-8 advantage after the first quarter and led the Shockers 37-12 going into the locker rooms for halftime.

“I was impressed with our effort tonight, we never gave up,” Finkbeiner said. “We were just overwhelmed by their type of play.”

Top scorers for Waterville/Mansfield were Justine Clements (10 points) and Elizabeth Katovich (8 points).