EVART — Beal City handed Evart a 62-36 setback in Highland Conference girls basketball play on Friday.

Kristin Kullman scored 13 points, while Mara VanOrder had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Evart.

“The second quarter killed us,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “They outscored us by 13 and we could never recover.”

The Wildcats are 1-5. Their plans, Higgins said, are to have practices after Christmas Day as they get ready for their next game Jan. 8 at Lake City.

The Evart girls were bested by McBain NMC on Tuesday night (Dec. 16), 68-24. 

The Wildcats trailed 38-10 at halftime and couldn’t overcome the large deficit en route to the setback. 

Kullman led the Wildcats in a losing effort with 13 points, while VanOrder chipped in eight points and 19 rebounds.

“I thought we came out strong in our first game against Farwell,” Higgins said. “We had a stretch where we played like three games in three days, it seemed like. I don’t know if that caught up with us. There’s definitely been improvement from last year. Over the break, hopefully we’ll be recharged and be ready to go in January.”

The trio of Kullman, VanOrder and Tabby Turley have been leading the way for the Wildcats, as expected by Higgins.

“We’re still waiting for another one-two to step up and help shoulder the load a little bit. Hopefully once we get some practices here, somebody will step up a little bit.”

Herald Review sportswriter Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.