EVART — Senior Brooke Belleville is in the final weeks of her Evart girls basketball season, and is hoping to help the Wildcats have a strong finish.

This marks her third year of varsity basketball, and her role has been different with the graduation from last season of Mara VanOrder. Belleville has especially been focusing on being more of a vocal leader.

“I have to get the ball in to pretty much where I want it to go,” she said.

The Wildcats have been a young team and have been looking for players like Belleville to help the squad make continual progress. But earlier in the season, Belleville noted that the team still had a ways to go. She’s been among the leading scorers and rebounders virtually every game.

Belleville realizes being aggressive and going to the basket also results in being fouled and gives her the chance to hit her free throws.

The Wildcats were 1-5 going into the holiday break and had a busy week of practice to get ready for January and February. The team is 4-12 overall and 2-9 in the Highland Conference. On Thursday, Evart lost 55-50 to Beal City.

Getting off to a good start continues to be a key for the Wildcats in each game, Belleville indicated.

Evart was scheduled to be at White Cloud on Tuesday and will be at Manton on Feb. 17 and at Lake City on Feb. 21. The next home game is Feb. 23 with Marion.

Belleville will stay busy with sports after basketball. She’ll be on the Evart track team. She recently signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track at Wisconsin-Stout.