Evart girls fall to Beaverton in districts

BEAVERTON — Evart’s girls basketball season came to a close at 0-20 with a 53-30 loss to Beaverton last Wednesday night in a Class D district semifinal game at Beal City.

Kristen Kullman hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the first quarter for Evart, trailing 8-7.

Kullman and Tabby Turley both hit triples in the second quarter to help Evart cut the gap to 20-17. But Beaverton went on a run for a 25-17 halftime lead.

Beaverton had a 12-0 run to open the second half.

Beaverton led 41-22 after the third quarter. Kullman hit two triples in the fourth to cut the Beaver lead to 46-28.

“The third quarter killed us,” said Evart coach Paul Higgins. “Turnovers killed us at the beginning of the third quarter. They got out and got some easy buckets. They just capitalized. We had turnovers but got nothing out of it. That was pretty much the turning point.”

Kullman led Evart with 12 points while Mara VanOrder and Turley added seven apiece.

“It took us awhile to get going but we finally found some defense which created a little offense,” said Beaverton coach Kevin Wolfe. “I’m happy with our performance. We have to get ready for Friday.”

The Beavers, 15-6, led by Brianna Frasher with 17 points, advanced to Friday’s title game against Beal City. Beaverton won that game 53-49 to take the district crown.

“We didn’t rebound very well,” Higgins said. “The first half, I thought we played pretty decent and kept us in the game. Turnovers killed us. When you’re coming down the floor and not getting a shot at the basket and they come down and get a bucket, that’s a four-point swing, possibly, right there. That’s kind of been the story of our season.”