Evart girls anxious to net more wins
EVART - Evart's girls basketball team is coming off the holiday break with a 3-3 record and is anxious to make more strides when the schedule resumes,
Evart plays at Farwell Jan. 7.
"Our three losses were to the three toughest teams in the conference," Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. "We've got the one conference win against Pine River. We have a stretch of games we should be competitive with coming up. Going in, you'd like to be above .500."
Tiedt has liked his team's defense so far.
"Defensively, I think we're playing pretty solid," he said. "We're not scoring a lot of points. Luckily we're keeping the other teams low in the games we've won. We've been able to limit some of the turnovers to an extent from games we've had last year.
"Even in our wins, we're not putting up a lot of points. To beat some of the better teams, we'll have to score more."
Kelci Elder is leading the team with 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Evart brought up Addysen Gray as a freshman guard to the varsity.
"She gives us another ball handler, which we need," Tiedt said. "That frees Kelci up a little bit not having to bring the ball up all the time."
The Bucks nearly notched their first win prior to the break when they sustained a 38-34 loss to Evart. Pine River is at 0-5 and plays at Manton on Jan. 7.
"We're up and down," Pine River coach Paula Justin said. "We've played some good games but haven't been able to pull them out. Some games we haven't played as well.
"We played OK (against Evart). We didn't play a very good second half. We got stuck on 30 (points) forever."
Madi Sparks has recently been the team's top scorer.
"We're trying to build some confidence and get a win," Justin said.