Evart basketball player set to have strong sophomore season

EVART — Carter Pritchard was brought up to the varsity from the junior varsity midway during the 2015-16 boys basketball season and endured a learning experience.

But for Prichard, now a sophomore with the Wildcats, the learning process has ended and it’s time to get some work done.

Evart had three games scheduled for December to start the season. A contest set for Dec. 16, prior to the break, at McBain Northern Michigan Christian was snowed out. In the previous two games, Evart defeated Fife Lake Forest Area 53-46 to open the season, and fell 79-57 to McBain in the Highland Conference opener.

“I thought we played well and rebounded well for the most part against a tall team,” Pritchard said after the loss to McBain. “We played close and tight in every quarter. But a couple of mistakes hurt us.”

The Wildcats had to play most of that game without senior leader Danny Griffin, out with a cramp.

“That was big,” Pritchard said. “Other people stepped off the bench real nice for us when our leading scorer went down. Jericho (VanScoyc) and Cameron (Martin) were huge for us off the bench getting points.”

On his own start, “I’m doing all right,” Pritchard said. “I’m not scoring enough. I don’t take enough shots and don’t attack enough.”

Pritchard came up halfway during the season last year and said he feels comfortable now.

“Coming up last year helped me out and I got more experience,” he said. “I have to score and also distribute to other players. I shoot the ball well and play tough defense.”

It’s important for his team to get in more game time, Pritchard said. The Wildcats resume action Jan. 5 at Beal City in Highland Conference play and also have league games at home Jan. 11 against Lake City and Jan. 13 against Manton.

“We have to rebound well and hit our shots and box out,” he said. ‘‘We’re not a tall team so we have to run. I think we can compete for the conference title. (Against McBain) we competed well, but a couple of mistakes hurt us.”