Evart girls basketball team will focus on seven players

PRACTICE: Evart's Mara VanOrder, left, tries to make a move on Natalie Belleville during a Wildcat practice on Monday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
PRACTICE: Evart's Mara VanOrder, left, tries to make a move on Natalie Belleville during a Wildcat practice on Monday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART – It’s the second week of the girls basketball preseason for the Evart Wildcats who right now are expected to have seven players on the varsity and 11 on the junior varsity.

The Wildcats started practices last week.

Returning players for the varsity include Saige Nabozny and Lydia Wetters. Both are coming off a recently completed volleyball season for the Wildcats.

Brown anticipates being young and somewhat inexperienced this season.

“I also have two seniors that haven’t played before, plus one freshman, one junior and one sophomore,” Brown said.

A main focus for Brown and his team is getting in shape “and move on from there.”

The Wildcats will open their season after the Thanksgiving Day break. They have a scrimmage this Saturday at Morey Courts.

“About 30 teams will be there and we’ll scrimmage six,” Brown said. “McBain is up there, so is Marion.

Right now, Brown isn’t sure what his team’s main strength might be.

“We have a lot of guards,” he said.

Taller players like Courtney Dennis and Chelsea Bengry and strong shooters like Magdalen Hyde have graduated from last season’s squad.

Evart opens the season with non-league games at home Nov. 27 with Lakeview and at Chippewa Hills Nov. 30.

The first Highland Conference game is Jan. 3 at Manton.