Shockers celebrate at Mansfield

Ella Osborne (32) shoots with Sarah Mullen (13) at the side during the girls varsity game against Oroville on Jan. 26. The Shockers played at Mansfield as part of homecoming festivities there. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)


By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Thomas Moser (41) goes for the ball in boys varsity action with Mauricio Negrete (5), Kody Angus (21) and Evan Simmons (23) in back. (Provided photo)

The Shockers?helped celebrate Mansfield’s homecoming on Jan. 26?against the Oroville Hornets on the Mansfield home court.

The?Shocker girls, under head coach Kieth Finkbeiner, have become a very strong team both on offense and defense. They are playing faster with improved ball handling skills and quickness on defense. In their game against the Hornets, they made 63?percent of their free throws and eight 3-point shots. The Shockers dominated the Hornets, 65-14, to grab another victory.

The Hornets made three 3-point shots, and made only three of their eleven free throw attempts.

Scoring highlights?were Elizabeth Katovich, 20 points; Sarah Mullen, 16 points; Ella Osborne, 12 points; Codee Reid, 6 points; Meredith Mittelstaedt, 6 points; and McKenna Gurnard, 5 points.

There was no?junior varsity?girls game.

During the boys junior varsity game, Gavin Haight (30) takes control of the ball as Braydon Murison (24) watches. (Provided photo)

The Waterville-Mansfield varsity boys found the Hornets to be a fast team who were able to steal the ball and get the majority of rebounds. The Hornets also made six 3-point shots and?9 of?14 free throw attempts. The Shockers lost, 26-65.

Scoring highlights for Waterville/Mansfield?were Kayden Browning, 9 points; Kody Angus, 8 points; Evan Simmons, 3 points, Thomas Moser, 4 points; and Travis Prey, 2 points. High scorers for the Hornets?were Anthony Jamison, 17 points; Spenser Martin, 13 points; and Austin Bernard, 11 points.

The Shocker junior varsity boys team also did not fair well against the Hornets, losing 24-39.

Scoring were Ben Hanson, 7 points; Payton Mulanax, 6 points; Eli Van Lith, 5 points; Yovanni Baltazar, 2 points; Mateus Mullen, 2 points; and Gavin Haight, 2 points.

Waterville-Mansfield?faced Bridgeport on Feb. 1 and Lake Roosevelt on Feb. 2 to?conclude the regular season. Details?from those games will appear in next week’s Empire Press. (Editor’s Note: The Shocker girls move on to the District 5/6 2B tournament in the Tri-Cities. They will play Walla Walla Valley Academy at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the first round. The location was not available at press time.)