Evart all set for girls basketball play

Tiedt in second season as coach

Kara Henry is ready to start her senior season for Evart basketball. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

Kara Henry is ready to start her senior season for Evart basketball. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART – Many basketball coaches across the state were smiling on Thursday when they heard the news their sport could start contact on Monday.

This includes Matt Tiedt, Evart’s girls varsity skipper. Late last week during noncontact drills, he was hopeful for his team to get going soon.

“That Let Us Play movement, they’re definitely putting some heat on them,” Tiedt said a week ago. “Hopefully that will get a little bit of traction.”

Sports had been delayed from contact through Feb. 21, but it’s changed to Feb. 8.

Conditioning started on Jan 16. The team did get one week in Nov. 9-13 before they had to shut down.

“It was pretty much done as of that point,” Tiedt said. “I lost three girls over that break who decided they weren’t going to come back. For us, we’ve got low numbers. This has taken its toll on the smaller schools.”

Tiedt said he’ll be utilizing the fifth quarter rule which allows JV players to participate in five quarters during one night of basketball between the two levels.

“It will look like they may play two quarters of JV and three quarters of varsity,” Tiedt said. “You can mix and match it any way you want. I have three seniors I’ll pull up four to five a night at some point to give my younger ones time at the varsity level. It will look different.”

Outside conditioning was the only opportunity, Tiedt had to work with his players during the summer.

He said his players were getting more accustomed to the masks.

“Once we start, it will be with masks,” he said.