Evart girls roar past Chippewa Hills
EVART - It was a defensive struggle for non-league rivals Evart and Chippewa Hills in girls basketball action on Tuesday.
But the Wildcats (2-2) were able to prevail in a 49-26 win over the Warriors (2-3).
"It was a good win for us," Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. "We're coming off a couple of tough losses against some pretty good teams. When you can get back in the win column at home, that's good
Evart led 11-4 after the first quarter and 19-15 at halftime.
Evart's Kara Henry and Chippewa Hills' Kendra Ray both had seven points in the first half.
The Warriors struggled offensively in the third quarter with only two free throws. The Wildcats found the shooting touch. Kelci Elder had a stretch with three straight field goals for a 27-15 Evart lead midway in the quarter.
Henry and Mackenzie VanBuren both scored late in the half and Evart led 33-17 going into the fourth.
Elder had a putback at 7:02 of the fourth for a 35-17 lead. Vanburen hit a baseliner at 4:09 for a 37-18 Evart lead. Elder's layup at 3:36 made it 39-18 and Vanburen scored moments later.
Ray scored for the Warriors first field goal of the second half at 2:10 but Evart had a huge 43-21 lead.
"We're shortstaffed," Chippewa Hills coach DJ Newman said. "We're without our leading scorer and are adjusting."
Sophomore Madison Wrisley is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
"Our defense stepped up a little bit and we got some huge buckets on the transition," Tiedt said. "Kelci had several straight in the third. That helped us get out of a funk."
Elder had 16 points and Henry 11 for Evart. Ray had nine for the Warriors.
"We played one of our best games in the first couple of quarters," Henry said. "In the third quarter, we really picked it up."
Evart is home tonight against McBain. The Warriors are at Tri County on Friday.