Chip Hills outpaces Evart in non-league action

OUT OF REACH: Saige Nabozny of Evart tries to keep the ball away from Lakeview in action last week. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
OUT OF REACH: Saige Nabozny of Evart tries to keep the ball away from Lakeview in action last week. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Evart had a 22-20 halftime lead on Friday at Chippewa Hills but was outscored 39-4 in the second half and lost 59-26 in nonleague girls basketball action. The Warriors are now 1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the year.

In the second half, the Wildcats struggled to get into offensive sets as the Warriors began the third quarter with a fullcourt press that gave Evart problems.

“I expected it earlier,” Evart interim coach Howard Hyde said. “We knew what it would be and that is something they will work on next week.”

The pressure was so good in the third quarter that Chippewa Hills outscored the Wildcats 16-1 in the stanza to take a 36-23 lead.

Even after the Warriors dropped the full-court pressure, Evart struggled to score, recording only three free throws in the fourth quarter.

Part of the problem for the Wildcats was foul trouble. Evart had only six players, missing one starter.

“With six girls, it’s a struggle at times to get their legs going,” Hyde said.

The first half saw Evart able to work the ball and get good shots and were able to hang onto the basketball. Back-to-back three-pointers by Kristin Kullman and Tabitha Turley gave the Wildcats a 17-14 lead with five minutes remaining  in the first half.

“When we ran (our offense) we got some buckets,” Hyde said. “I thought we played a great, great first half.”

Kullman led Evart with 13 points, while Mara VanOrder tallied eight points before fouling out.

Evart travels to Vestaburg on Wednesday.

LAKEVIEW 60, EVART 20

VanOrder had an impressive freshman debut for the Evart varsity girls basketball team but the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a powerhouse Lakeview attack in a 60-20 loss to open the season for both teams Tuesday night.

VanOrder scored 10 points for the Wildcats while Kullman and senior Saige Nabozny had five points apiece.

Vanorder had a big night in her first varsity game.

“I’m glad she’s got a game under her belt now,” said Hyde serving as acting coach in the absence of Larry Brown. “It’s a huge difference going from eighth grade basketball to varsity. I thought she did a fine job. She’s going to be a good basketball player.”

Kullman scored to open the second half, but Evart struggled offensively the rest of the way with Lakeview netting 15 unanswered points for a 48-14 lead going into the fourth. VanOrder scored four more points in the fourth.

Herald Review sportswriter

John Raffel contributed to this report.