Evart girls gear up for test with Manton

EVART — Evart’s girls basketball team has been preparing to return to action on Thursday in a home game against Manton in Highland Conference action.

The Wildcats will take a 4-2 record into the game. Last week, coach Larry Brown’s team was getting back into the practice mode starting with a practice on Monday.

“We’ve been working on a lot of post ups,” said senior Kortney Dennis. “It’s going good. The last couple of games have boosted our confidence.”

“Work really hard on defense,” is the key for the Wildcats to continue to have success, Dennis said.

Coach Larry Brown said his team had five days off from action.

“We want to get legs running again and we’ll get back heavier in our stuff later in the week,” said Brown, whose team had a scrimmage set later this week at Sanford-Meridian. “We’re working on some team stuff. And getting back in shape over the break, that’s our goal.”

Evart plays at Marion Jan. 10.

“We’ll work on team stuff and get back in shape over the break. It’s one game at a time, that’s our motto this year,” Brown said. “We just want to get better each day.”

The game against Manton will be critical, Brown indicated.

“That will give us a measuring stick of where we’re at as far as conference goes,” Brown said. “It’s a big game for us to compete in.”

Junior Lydia Wetters said highlights of the season have included wins over Beal City and Chippewa HIlls.

“It’s going pretty good,” Wetters said. “We’re near the top of the conference.”

Wetters has been a key defensive player for the Wildcats. She’s been focusing on improving offensively.

It’s her first varsity season with Evart girls basketball.

“It’s a lot quicker,” Wetters said. “It’s a faster pace, which makes it harder.”

The Wildcats have their sights set on a winning season.

“We’ve been really getting better,” Wetters said. “My offense and my shot, I’m working on that.”