Shockers conclude successful season

Shocker defense with Alex Poppie (14), Elizabeth Katovich (10), Ella Osborne (32), Codee Reid (52) and Sarah Mullen (13). (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Sarah Mullen (13) shoots with Alex Poppie (14) and Codee Reid (52) in 2B District 5/6 fourth-round play against Mabton on Feb. 16. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Waterville/Mansfield girls concluded their basketball season with two final games at the 2B District 5/6 tournament at Chelan on Feb. 15-16.

The Shockers jumped into tournament play on Feb. 8 by winning their first-round game against the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights, 58-45. They lost their second game, on Feb. 9, to the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars, 63-34.

The Shockers faced the DeSales High School Irish on Feb. 15 in third-round action with the loser out. Waterville/Mansfield won, 32-25.

Scoring highlights were Elizabeth Katovich, 11 points; Meredith Mittelstaedt, 9 points; Sarah Mullen, 6 points; Ella Osborne, 4 points; and Alex Poppie, 2 points. The Shockers made seven 3-point shots and 5 of 11 free throw attempts.

Waterville/Mansfield then moved on to play the Mabton High School Vikings on Feb. 16. The Vikings won, 44-42, to claim fifth place and advance to the regionals/state tournament in Spokane. The loss for the Shockers ended their season.

The game showed itself to be a good one. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied at 7-7. It remained a low scoring game with many fouls on both sides. The Vikings had 29 foul shot opportunities yet made only 9 for a 35 percent completion. The Shockers were given 23 opportunities at the free throw line making 18 shots for 78 percent.

The first half ended with the Shockers in the lead, 15-10. The third quarter for the Waterville/Mansfield girls, which throughout the season has not been their best playing time, resulted in them scoring only 9 points to the Vikings 22. That quarter concluded with Mabton leading by 8. The Shockers then recovered in the fourth quarter making 18 points to the Vikings’ 12. In the last two minutes of play, both teams fought hard with the Shockers coming within 1 point with 10.1 seconds left in the game.

Both teams made free throw points and with 1.9 seconds left, the score was 43-42 with the Vikings having the edge. The Shockers fouled in hoping to get in one shot after the Viking free throws. Mabton made 1 point on their free throws, but Waterville/Mansfield was unable to get the ball down court for a final shot.

Scoring highlights were Elizabeth Katovich, 17 points; Sarah Mullen, 12 points; Codee Reid, 4 points; Meredith Mittelstaedt, 3 points; Ella Osborne 2 points; Alex Poppie, 2 points; and McKenna Gurnard, 2 points. The Shockers made only two 3-point shots.

The Shockers had a great season with a solid winning record in conference play leading them into the postseason. With no seniors on the team this year, next year looks to be even better.