Evart girls gear up for next season

EVART  —  Two Evart girls basketball players have received all-Highland Conference recognition this season.

Sophomore Mara VanOrder was on the first team while Kristin Kullman was honorable mention.

VanOrder was at 10 points and Kullman eight points a game.

VanOrder missed a few games with an ankle injury early in the season.

“Maybe that kind of hampered her a little bit,” said Evart coach Paul Higgins.

“Kristin, she started out slowly, maybe partially because Mara wasn’t out there, I don’t know. Towards the end, she started shooting the ball better.”

Higgins was a first-year coach. The Wildcats weren’t able to post a win although they did have some strong efforts including a 54-51 setback to Manton.

“There was some progress made,” Higgins said. “The injuries we had kind of hurt us. It seemed like when we had everyone healthy, something else came up and we were down a girl or two.”

Players like Kullman and VanOrder, plus junior Tabby Turley, who put up a lot of the numbers for the Wildcats, will be back next year.

Higgins didn’t get the position until a few weeks prior to the regular season. There was no formal summer program conducted for the team.

“I’m trying to put something together now and let our kids know far enough in advance so they can adjust their summer schedules for what we want to try to do,” he said. “Pretty much everybody we played ran some type of summer program or they got some scrimmages lined up or went to shootouts. Morey Courts is another thing with summer leagues down there.”

Higgins also anticipates having open gyms for players to come in and shoot baskets.