EVART — Evart’s boys basketball season ended at 7-13 with a 68-44 loss to Pine River Monday in the districts but Kris Morgan sees plenty of progress having been made in his second season as head coach.

The Wildcats notched five Highland Conference wins, the most in several years.

“The the last couple weeks of the season, the seniors really stepped up and bought in,” Morgan said. “They saw the season coming to an end and played well and gave us 100 percent effort.”

The Wildcat seniors were Jonathon Hooker, Nate Struble, Kameron VanScoyoc, Jake McKinstry, Alex Bengry and Devon VanOrder.

“We’re pretty solid,” Morgan said, looking ahead. “The JVs were 13-7. The only team they lost to both times was McBain. We have a solid group of sophomores and some good kids.”

Morgan indicated the program has made dramatic strides since the 2008-09 season when it was 0-21.

“We beat Beal City this year and the most conference wins in four years,” Morgan said.

The regular season ended last week with Highland Conference losses to McBain Northen Michigan Christian 65-37 on Thursday at McBain.

“We were down 24-20 at halftime,” Morgan said. “But then they came out and shot the lights out.”

In the regular season, the final home game was Feb. 26 against McBain. The Ramblers won 65-52. Evart cut it to six in the fourth quarter.

“We couldn’t get over the hump,” Morgan said.

Struble and Jacob Hopkins had strong games last week, Morgan noted.