Evart girls fall to Chippewa Hills

EVART — Chippewa Hills got off to a strong start and never looked back Friday in defeating Evart in nonleague girls basketball action 47-35.

Rachel Lobert and Kynnedi Williams both scored 11 points for the Warriors (1-1). Mara VanOrder led Evart (0-2) with 11 points and Brooke Belleville added nine.

“I thought we got a lot of great effort out of all 10 girls tonight,” Chippewa Hills coach Lenny Starck said. “They all played really hard. Defensively, we were pretty good.”

“They really put a lot of ball pressure on us,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “I think that got to us a little bit. The pressure itself got us out of our game.”

The Warriors fired out to a 8-0 first-quarter lead. Grace Issette scored off the glass late in the quarter for a 7-0 advantage.

Evart got on the board early in the second quarter on a Brooke Belleville free throw. Jorja Roy hit a 3-point play for the Warriors to produce an 11-1 lead midway in the second quarter. Lobert hit four free throws and six points in the second to ignite the Warriors to a 20-7 halftime lead.

Lobert also scored to open the second half.

The Warriors continued to focus on Evart center Mara VanOrder, who had 23 points and 23 rebounds earlier in the week in a loss to Farwell. She only scored two first-half points.

“That was the game plan,” Starck said of holding down VanOrder. “Mara’s a great kid. I’ve known the family forever.”

Cyana Deller had a putback for Evart to cut the Warrior lead to 25-13 midway in the third quarter. Lobert drove for a layup late in the third for a 29-15 lead. VanOrder drove for a layup moments later and it was 29-17 going into the fourth.

Jorja Ray hit five points to open the fourth, doubling Chippewa Hills’ lead to 34-17. Marissa Henning scored midway in the quarter for a 41-19 lead.

“I thought we improved quite a bit from our first game,” Starck said. “We got a lot more shots than Wednesday night. If we continue to defend like we did tonight and improve at that end, we’ll have more success.”

VanOrder had 15 rebounds and McKenzie Kimball added five.

“We have to work on our conditioning,” Higgins said.

Evart is home Friday with Central Montcalm while Chippewa Hills is at Grant on Friday.