Shockers win two, lose two on the road with Brewster, Republic

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield boy’s and girl’s basketball teams took to the road for games with Brewster on Nov. 30 and Republic on Dec. 1.

The Shocker boy’s varsity team lost to a strong Brewster Bears team, 75-23, on Nov. 30. The game was the first Central Washington 2B League contest this season for Waterville/Mansfield.

High scorers for Waterville/Mansfield were Tristen Marden with 10 points, and Kayden Browning with 5 points. The Bears made 15 3-point shots and had 19 offensive rebounds.

“Brewster will most likely finish in the top five in the state this year, they are that good,” said coach Heath Jordan.

The Shocker girls also had their opening league game of the season. Led by a pair of Mckenna Gurnard’s 3-point shots, Waterville/Mansfield led 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. Brewster took command at the half, 30-26, and then took a 6-point lead into the fourth quarter before pulling away late. Rebounding, turnovers and shooting were areas of concern for the Shockers. The Bears were able to impose their will on the Shockers and won 61-46.

Despite the defeat, coach Kieth Finkbeiner was proud of the team’s performance.

“We didn’t come away with a win but the girls know they can play with one of the best teams in the league. We just have to clean a few areas up and wear them down over the course of the game,” Finkbeiner said.

The Shockers were led by Ella Osborne’s 18 points. Elizabeth Katovich added 16 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Sarah Mullen also had 11 rebounds.

The Shocker boys rebounded the next night with a win against the Republic Tigers in a non-league contest Dec. 1. The score was 44-23.

Waterville/Mansfield was up 21-4 after the first quarter then started making a few mistakes on the offensive end and the score got down to 27-15 at halftime. In the second half, the Shockers played better defense and held Republic to 8 points total. The offense scored only 17 points in the second half.

Coach Heath Jordan said, “It was a good road win for us as we continue to grow as a team and find the chemistry between each other within different line ups.”

Shocker highlights included Tristen Marden, 11 points and 7 rebounds; Angel Lucero, 8 points and 6 assists; Kayden Browning, 6 points; and Thomas Moser, 6 points.

The Shocker girls also came away with a win, 62-23. The Shockers were again led by Ella Osborne’s 24 points and 7 rebounds. Sarah Mullen added 15 points while Elizabeth Katovich scored 11 points, with 11 assists, and 6 steals. Codee Reid added 10 points and 5 steals.