A complete player: Evart's Brooklyn Decker neatly fills the bill

Wildcat junior sparks team to seven-game win streak

Evart's Brooklyn Decker (20) tries to steal the ball from Pine River during Monday's game.

Evart's Brooklyn Decker (20) tries to steal the ball from Pine River during Monday's game.

John Raffel

EVART – Junior guard/forward Brooklyn Decker’s contribution to the Evart girls basketball cannot be overstated, as far as first-year coach Carrie Kunkle is concerned.

“We have an extremely strong junior class made up of Allyson Theuniuck, Brooklyn Decker, Kayanne Tiedt and Faith Hamilton,” Kunkle said. “Brooklyn’s dedication to her craft is expected to pay amazing dividends on the offensive and defensive side of the ball this season.”

Decker continues to make significant contributions each game for the Wildcats who are 7-1 and have won seven straight. This is Decker’s third season on the varsity.

Experience and the influence of senior leadership has especially been beneficial this season, Decker indicated.

On the court, “they’re looking for me to do some shooting, and defensively, I start the press.”

Decker has been scoring points throughout the season and indicated her best shots continue to come from the baseline. Her second best shot comes from cutting into the lanes. When the rebounds are coming her way, Decker is ready. Help defense is also critical for the team, she said.

Decker also plays volleyball and softball. She and her teammates spent extensive summer time with Kunkle at Morey courts getting ready for this season.

Evart was 15-7 last year and district runners-up. A win over powerhouse Lake City was an impressive accomplishment in December.

“I think we’re capable competing in conference and competing in districts,” Kunkle said, adding the key to beat teams like Lake City is “playing hard on both ends of the floor.”