EVART — Evart’s girls basketball team is in the final two weeks of the regular season with a home game set this Thursday against the Highland Conference’s first place team, the Pine River Bucks.

The second game the Bucks had last week was Wednesday at home against McBain.

The Ramblers picked up a 63-23 victory and Evart fell to 4-10. McBain improved to 8-6.

“Their defensive pressure hurt us,” said Evart coach Larry Brown. “We got into some foul trouble and fouled out two kids. We weren’t able to do anything against their pressure. Their man-to-man-defense hurt us.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Wildcats defeated Manton 46-41.

Mara VanOrder , a freshman, had 19 points and 23 rebounds in leading the Evart attack.

“Everyone else struggled but she was able to do pretty much what she wanted the whole game,” Brown said. “We had other players step up.”

Tabby Turley had eight points, Lydia Wetters had six and Taylor McLachlan added five for Evart.

VanOrder “was active the whole game,” Brown said. “She’s a fast player anyway. She was under control the whole game. She got a lot of rebounds and putbacks and a lot of fast break shots, made shots from outside and low post...she was in one of those games that when she touched the ball, something happened.”

Brown said VanOrder has been working to adjust to the varsity level as a freshman and face such challenges as being double-teamed

Against McBain “they double-teamed her the whole game and scored only two points,” Brown said. “The more she plays the more she’ll figure it out. She has to learn how to pass to open guys which she’s learning more. He’s starting to think about the game more now.”