Evart girls open basketball season at Lake City

Wildcats hopeful of winning record

Evart's girls baksetball team is ready to open another season.

Evart's girls baksetball team is ready to open another season.

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EVART – Evart’s girls basketball team opens its season on Friday at Lake City with hopes of improving from last season’s 6-8 mark.

“Last year was hard to gauge because it was so short and unpredictable,” Wildcat coach Matt Tiedt said. “Kara Henry and Elizabeth Goodwin graduated from last year’s team and they were probably our two biggest post players.

“(Junior) Addy Gray and (senior) Skylar Baumgardner both return this season. They led scoring for us last season and I expect much of the same this year. Brooklyn Decker and Allyson Theunick also had to play a lot of minutes for us as freshmen and were two of our better defenders all year. Then we probably got another four or five girls who are all capable of having a good night for us at least one end of the floor.”

Height isn’t likely to be an advantage for the Wildcats.

“We will be undersized most nights but if we hit some shots early, hopefully we can make some teams adjust from their strengths,” Tiedt said.  “We have some pretty athletic girls. And some girls that shoot the ball, well, if we get a couple girls hot each night, I think it will be difficult to guard us.

“We need to improve our rebounding and defense all season long. Our conference has a lot of girls that can score. McBain and Lake City finished on top of the conference last year and I suspect both of them to be right up there again. We’ve been in the middle of the pack the last two years and hopefully this year we can move up into the top tier.”

Tiedt and other coaches are happy not having to deal yet with COVID.

“It has been fantastic getting to practice every night,” Tiedt said. “Last year was so difficult on the girls having no idea what our season would be like. And not having to wear masks has helped too.”