Evart girls start season 0-2

EVART — The Evart girls basketball team entered this week with hopes of better fortunes after opening the season last week at 0-2.

The Wildcats were at McBain Northren Michigan Christian on Tuesday and play Friday at Beal City.

“Our big focus is being able to break the press,” said Evart coach Paul Higgins at Monday’s practice session. “We’ve struggled with that. We’ll continue to work on the offense.”

Chippewa Hills girls basketball  team got off to a hot start to their season with a dominating 61-29 win at Evart Friday night.

It was Hannah Guy leading the way for the Warriors (1-0) with 24 points while bringing down eight rebounds and also distributing three assists.

CHHS jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and kept building on that lead into halftime where it led 32-11. Guy went into the break with 19 points, three rebounds and an assist.

The Wildcats (0-2) showed some improvements out of the break as they played the Warriors to a 15-15 tie in the third quarter, making it 47-26 at the end of third.

Evart scored a total of six points in a 33-6 loss to Farwell on Tuesday and head coach Paul Higgins was pleased to see some progress out of his team’s offense.

“(We had improvements) offensively, that’s a no brainer,” he said. “You go from six points to 29.”

Higgins attributed the offensive outburst to the return of VanOrder. VanOrder scored a team-high 11 points, including one three-pointer. Kristen Kullman, who had two of her team’s six points Tuesday, had six points, both of which were from beyond the arc. Courtney Lang had five points with a three herself.

“It started with having Mara VanOrder back on the floor,” Higgins said. “Her confidence out there helped the girls be more relaxed. She is going to score her points, but she is going to open up the floor for kids to hit their shots.”

VanOrder missed the first game because of eligibility issues.

“Friday’s game went smoother,” VanOrder said. “We had problems breaking Chippewa Hills’ press. We tied the third quarter with them. We need to have more practice playing with each other. It’s basically a brand new team.”

Kullman had six points and Courtney Lang five points for Evart.

In the loss to Farwell, Kullman and Natalie Belleville both had two points and seven rebounds.

VanOrder is hopeful of success this week.

“We’ll be able to play with NMC a lot more,’” she said.”Beal City we’ll go out there and hopefully learn new things.”

“I expect McBain Chfitian to be fairly athletic,” Higgins said. “they’ll be a scrappy bunch. Beal City has height and decent ball handlers.”

Herald Review sports writers Greg Buckner and Kristopher Lodes contributed to this report.