Evart girls basketball coach hopeful his team will continue to improve

EVART — Evart second-year basketball coach Paul Higgins got a chance to see his girls basketball team in a scrimmage last week, and is hopeful as the Wildcats open their season this week.

Evart opened the season at home Tuesday against Farwell and is on the road Friday night at Chippewa Hills. They were home last week for a scrimmage against Harrison.

“As a coach, you always want the best,” Higgins said. “Going against somebody for the first time, I thought there were some positives out there. I thought we were playing pretty well considering it was our first time against a different team. Our defense was pretty decent. We got our trap going at times. Being the first time out, I wish we could have had something sooner. But we wanted to get something in before our first game. It definitely helped us a lot.”

Higgins was hopeful of his team’s chances against its two opponents this week.

“Farwell, I think, they’re going to be fairly young,” Higgins said. “I don’t think they have a lot of maturity or experience. As for Chippewa Hills, I know they lost a couple of kids. (Hannah Guy) graduated. If I remember from last year, they’ll be aggressive and scrappy and fairly quick. I think they’ll be a good match-up for us.”

Seniors Tabby Turley and Kristen Kullman and junior Mara VanOrder are likely to see a lot of minutes for Evart, Higgins noted.

“I have some other kids I also feel confident with right now,” Higgins. “Compared to where we were last year, we have more depth and hopefully will keep the kids fresh and hopefully that will keep everybody in the game.”

Evart boys

Evart boys basketball coach Kris Morgan indicated his team would be scrimmaging at Coleman on.

“It’s quite a different squad than last year,”Morgan said. “We only have three returnees, but I have three sophomores playing significant time. We’re not very tall.”

Evart is at Montabella Monday to open the season.