Waterville/Mansfield hosts Liberty Bell Dec. 4

In junior varsity action, Haley Vargas makes a shot as Denisse Bravo, Joslyn Lucero and Kiara Rodriguez wait for the rebound. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)


By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Braydon Murison moves the ball for the Shocker junior varsity. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers had their first home Central Washington 2B League game of the season on Dec. 4 facing the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions.

First up was the girl’s junior varsity. The?Waterville/Mansfield team is young?and building up skills.?Liberty Bell was a very skilled team and very fast on defense as they were able to steal the ball multiple times. The Mountain Lion?girls were also strong 3-point shooters.?Liberty Bell won the game, 46-28.

Shocker?highlights were?Katelyn Donaglia,10 points; Joslyn Lucero, 7 points;?Haley Vargas, 6 points;?Bailey Viebrock, 3?points; and Alexa Garcia, 2?points.

The Shocker?junior varsity?boys were next and they, too, faced a fast Mountain Lion team. The Shockers took a loss, 39-45.

Highlights for the Waterville/Mansfield boys were?Ben Hanson, 12 points; Payton Mulanax, 10?points; Eli Van Lith, 7 points;?Travis Prey, 4?points; Mauricio?Negrete, 2 points;?Jack Katovich, 2?points; and Adolfo Vela, 2 points.


Codee Reid shoots the final score of the game for the varsity girls. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Shocker girl’s varsity played a great game winning by 3 points in the last four seconds. The final score was 45-42.?Liberty Bell played fast and?well at 3-point shots. The game was a ?barn burner? with multiple tie scores throughout.

In the fourth quarter with just 11 seconds left on the clock, Elizabeth Katovich made her two free throws giving the Shockers a 1-point lead. On the inbound, the Shockers stole the ball and were fouled. Codee Reid made her two free throws giving the Shockers their 3-point lead. The Mountain Lion girls inbounded the ball and?were intercepted by Codee Reid who held onto the ball for the final seconds.

Shocker?statistics included Elizabeth Katovich, 15 points; Ella Osborne, 12 points;?Codee Reid, 11 points;?Sarah Mullen, 4 points;?and?Mckenna Gurnard,?3 points.


The Shocker varsity boys, who are?proving to be a strong team, fought hard but came up?2 points short in their contest against the Liberty Bell. The final score was 46-44. The Shockers had? 50?percent shooting from the field to the Mountain Lions 67?percent. The Shockers had 7 offensive rebounds and 16 defensive rebounds?compared to 5 offensive rebounds and 22 defensive rebounds for the Mountain Lions.

Shocker highlights were?Tristen Marden, 13 points and 3 rebounds; Anthony Ochoa, 11?points and 4 rebounds; Kody Angus, 9?points and 3 rebounds; Angel Lucero, 7?points and 6 rebounds; Thomas Moser, 4?points and 3 rebounds; Kyler Borden, 3 rebounds; and Mauricio Negrete, 1 rebound.


The Shocker varsity defense with Thomas Moser, Angel Lucero, Tristen Marden, Anthony Ochoa and Kyler Borden. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)