Evart girls defeat Chippewa Hills
EVART — For the Chippewa Hills girls basketball team it was the season opener. For Evart, it was the third game in four days.
Friday’s battle between the two teams would show if fatigue versus lack of playing time would prevail. Evart (2-1) posted the win 47-35 over Chippewa Hills (0-1)
“Coming off (a Thursday) game, you never know what group might show up,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “We came out and had confidence early and made some shots. That went a long way. It got hairy at times in the first half. We just did enough to get through that.”
“It’s jitters, a new team,” Chippewa Hills coach C.J. Blaha. “We have a lot of new talent and potential. We’re just young. We have six juniors, one sophomore and three seniors. We’ll get better day-by-day.”
Both teams struggled in the first half, but Evart netted four 3-pointers and enjoyed a 27-14 lead. Kimball had two 3-pointers for Evart in the first quarter while Grace Issette had one for Warriors. Evart led 14-7 after the first eight minutes.
The Warriors struggled offensively in the second quarter. Macey Wallace’s 3-pointer gave Evart a 22-7 lead midway in the quarter. Payton Ethridge swished a 3-pointer for the Warriors at the buzzer to make it 27-14 at halftime.
Issette’s jumper at 4:58 of the third cut the Evart lead to 27-17. Cyana Dellar had two baskets to help Evart up its lead 31-19. Kaci Elder’s 3-point play late in the period gave Evart a 37-21 lead going into the fourth. Elder scored inside for a 40-24 lead at 5:48. Kaylee Ladd scored at 2:25 for a 46-26 Evart lead.
Kimball scored 14 points while Macy Wallace had 12 and Kelci Elder 10 for Evart. Elder, a transfer from Chippewa Hills had 10 rebounds and two steals. Kimball had nine rebounds.
“In the second half, once again, it got hairy but we fought through it and some foul trouble,” Higgins said. “It’s a good win. It’s nice to be 2-1.”
Issette netted 13 points for the Warriors while Ethridge had 10.
“We have a lot of time to improve,” Blaha said. “I think we played good defense tonight.”
Chippewa Hills is at Farwell on Tuesday. Evart is at Crossroads on Wednesday.
“I thought we did a nice job,” Elder said. “It was nice playing against my old school. Winning felt good.”
The Wildcats enjoyed a road win on Thursday, 45-41, over Forest Area. Evart was up 19-10 after the first quarter and 31-27 at halftime. It was 38-31, Evart, after the third quarter. Forest Area had a 10-7 scoring advantage in the fourth.
Kimball had 16 points, three rebounds and three steals, Dellar had 13 points and six rebounds, Ladd had eight points and Elder added six points and 12 boards.
Evart lost at Farwell 58-27 on Tuesday. Farwell led 25-12 at halftime.
Kimball had eight points and five rebounds while Elder had six points and five rebounds and Hopkins six points, three rebounds and two steals.
Walkerville 61, Crossroads 28
Crossroads (0-2, 0-1), Evart’s next opponent, fell behind 39-14 at halftime and dropped their West Michigan D League opener to Walkerville on Friday. Haley Jankowski led the team with 13 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, and one blocked shot. Allie Angell added in seven points, and one steal, while Triston Murray helped with six points.
Crossroads is home on Wednesday against Evart.