Shockers conclude regular season with Lake Roosevelt

Codee Reid (52), Alex Poppie (14), Ella Osborne (32) and McKenna Gurnard (22) face Lake Roosevelt. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

It was a rough night for the Waterville/Mansfield Shocker teams at home as they played their last games of the regular CW2B League season on Feb. 2 against the Lake Roosevelt Raiders.

The Shocker varsity girls basketball team had a hard fight with the Raiders with the game going into two overtimes. At the end of regulation time the score was tied 45-45. At the end of four minutes of the first overtime period the score was 51-51. The second overtime ended with the Raiders grabbing a 56-54 win.

The game was full of fouls on both teams. The Shockers had 30 opportunities to make free throw points but only capitalized 18 times. The Raiders had 19 free throw opportunities and made only 12. The Shockers scored on six 3-point shots while the Raiders made five 3-point shots.

“It really was a great game. Not many games go into overtime, yet we had two overtimes,” said coach Kieth Finkbeiner. “Both teams had opportunities to win in regulations and in the first overtime. It was a great game, watching two very competitive teams play so well against each other.”

“Our motto all year has been ‘No excuses!’ and the girls lived up to that,” Finkbeiner added. “Their hard work and determination is making them winners in basketball and life.”

Scoring highlights were Elizabeth Katovich, 15 points; Codee Reid, 12 points; Ella Osborne, 9 points; McKenna Gurnard, 6 points; Sarah Mullen, 5 points; Alex Poppie, 4 points; and Meredith Mittelstaedt, 3 points.

The Shocker girls junior varsity team, under coach Abby O’Brien, lost to the Raiders, 53-32. Jordan Flett of the Raiders scored 23 points, 21 of those were by her making seven 3-point shots. The Raiders also made 5 of 10 free throws. The Shockers made 4 of 7 free throws and made just two 3-point shots.

Waterville/Mansfield scoring highlights were Haley Vargas, 13 points; Katelyn Donagilia, 12 points; Bailey Viebrock, 4 points; Alexa Garcia, 2 points; and Joslyn Lucero, 1 point.

The Shocker junior varsity boys played a close game against the Lake Roosevelt. The Raiders led at halftime by 11 points but by the end of the third quarter the Shockers got within 3 points. In the final quarter, the Raiders pulled away and captured the win, 53-41.

Scoring highlights were Travis Prey, 9 points; Yovanni Baltzar, 9 points; Mateus Mullen, 9 points; Gavin Haight, 6 points; Ben Hanson, 5 points; Payton Mulanax, 2 points; and Braydon Murison, 1 point.

Waterville/Mansfield’s varsity boys also lost, 66-26, to a fast and good shooting Raiders team. At the end of the first quarter, the Raiders had a strong 19-5 lead. At halftime, they continued to pull ahead, 42-10. The Shockers made 3 of 13 free throw attempts and two 3-point shots.

Scoring for Waterville/Mansfield were Angel Lucero, 8 points; Tristen Marden, 6 points; Travis Prey, 4 points; Evan Simmons, 4 points; Mac Van Lith, 2 points; and Anthony Ochoa, 2 points.

The Shocker boys concluded their season with Senior Night, honoring players from the Class of 2019. They were Anthony Ochoa, Kyler Borden, Jaylen Hope, Angel Lucero, Travis Prey, Mac Van Lith and Thomas Moser. Also recognized was cheerleader Cithlali Chavez.

Editor’s Note: In the first round of District 5/6 2B tournament play on Feb. 8 in the Tri-Cities, the Shocker girls defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy, 58-45. They advanced to the next round the following day where they played Tri-Cities Prep. The Shocker girls lost that game, 63-34. They will play DeSales in a third round, loser out game at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Chelan High School. Details of these games will appear in next week’s Empire Press.