Evart girls eager to get on the winning track
EVART — The Evart girls basketball team is anxious to get on the winning path as it resumes its schedule this week.
But coach Paul Higgins is also hoping that sophomore Mara VanOrder, one of the team’s starters, will be healthy enough to return to the lineup. She has missed the last few games from ankle problems.
Evart was scheduled to play at home Tuesday against Manton, but the came was postponed. They play at Marion in another Highland Conference game on Friday night. They have a non-league game Monday at Big Rapids Crossroads.
The Wildcats are 0-6 overall. They are 0-3 in the conference with setbacks to McBain Northern Michigan Christian, Beal City and Lake City.
“It’s hard to get a fair judge when you haven’t had a full deck,” he said of the strength of the league competition. “Beal City is obviously a nice team. I still don’t think they’re 40 points better. I don’t think there’s a team 40 points better than us.”
A rematch with the Aggies at Evart with VanOrder on the court could make a huge difference.
“That’s a Catch 22,” Higgins said. “They’re going to get better and hopefully we’re going to better also. They were struggling up until we played them. They hadn’t won a game. It’s tough to judge. We played McBain Christian. Mara was only there for half a game. Lake City, I think we should have beaten. Then again I think we possibly should have beaten Vestaburg.
“It’s tough. You take one girl that does a lot for you all around, that makes it difficult.”
Otherwise, the Wildcats have been injury free. But VanOrder has only been available for the equivalency of 1 1/2 games.
“If you put her on the floor against Lake City and Vestaburg, and if we had her for the whole time against McBain Christian, and even against Farwell, our first game, that would have made all the difference,” Higgins said. “Just her being out there, let alone what she can do offensively, the defensive part would have helped.”