Girls fall to Lk. Roosevelt

Lexi Deishl gets ready to shoot against Lake Roosevelt. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

 

David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

Codee Reid takes a foul shot against Lake Roosevelt. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

LAKE ROOSEVELT — The Waterville/Mansfield girls basketball team on Feb. 1 fell to Lake Roosevelt by 55-40, in a unique outing for the Shockers.

Waterville/Mansfield coach Kieth Finkbeiner said his team’s effort was there, but the team made some technical errors in the way they played defense that allowed Lake Roosevelt to get out in front late.

“Fourth quarter, I think we had some lapses defensively,” Finkbeiner said. “Just missed some assignments and they were able to cash in on that.”

The Shockers led by 6 as the halftime buzzer sounded, but the Raiders pushed on the gas pedal in the second half, outscoring the visiting Shockers by 20 in the final two quarters.

Waterville/Mansfield’s Elizabeth Katovich led the team in scoring and was the only player in double figures for the team with 17 points.

Waterville/Mansfield made just 14-of-32 free throws for the game, and although Finkbeiner said the method of play on the offensive end is what he likes to see from his team, he admitted the free throw percentage left something to be desired.

The team is now in a holding pattern until the rest of the league games are played. The team can finish as high as second in the CW2BL behind only Brewster, but can also fall to as low as fifth depending on how the rest of the games from around the league pan out. No matter the outcomes, Finkbeiner said he knows it’s a whole new season once the postseason tournament hits, and he will make sure his team is ready.

“We’re going to take some days to rest up,” Finkbeiner said. “We have a sickness going around so hopefully we can get healthy. We are going to re-focus and re-goal. We will develop a new goal for the postseason. Rebounding, turnovers, and foul shots will be big things we focus on and try to improve upon moving forward.”