Evart girls defeat Beal City



EVART -- Evart's girls basketball team improved to 6-5 overall with a 50-44 win over Beal City on Jan. 21.

The Wildcats entered this week at 3-5 in the league and play at Manton on Wednesday. Friday's home game with Lake City was postponed because of weather.

Evart trailed 22-16 at halftime. For Evart, Kara Henry had 18 points and Kayle Ladd added 11.

"Our game against Beal City, we started extremely slow," Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. "We went into halftime down by six. We made some adjustments and the girls responded well with a 24-point third quarter to regain and maintain the lead.

"Kara Henry had her best game of the season to date with 18 points and six rebounds. Kelci Elder rejoined the lineup after missing the previous three games with an ankle injury and had eight points and nine rebounds. Skylar Baumgardner had 11 points and Addy Gray had nine points. Our team is getting healthy now and finding chemistry on the court will be our key going forward."

Some tough battles await the Wildcats.

"We play Manton on Wednesday, and at McBain on Friday," Tiedt said. "It will be probably our toughest week of the season. Playing both of those teams on the road will be as challenging a week as you can have. Manton is a fast paced offense that likes to score in transition and put away games early which they are extremely capable of. We have to figure out a way to slow them down.

"Our first game against McBain we put a big emphasis on taking away their inside game and, credit to them, they hit 12 threes against us. So we need to continue to keep them outside but have to do a better job of contesting shots."

Evart boys

A scheduled game on Friday with Lake City was postponed because of the weather. Earlier in the week on Monday, Evart beat Beal City 47-38. Cam Brasington had 17 points.

"Donavin Reagan and Haidyn Simmer played excellent defense all night," Evart coach Kris Morgan said. "Tony Hartsock and Nolan Theunick played well down low. Simmer hit huge free throws to seal it in the fourth when they were within two points and fighting back."