Evart girls working on skills during summer


EVART — Paul Higgins will be in his second season next winter as Evart girls basketball coach. But this is his first full summer of being with the girls for an offseason program and Higgins is trying to take advantage of the situation.

Higgins has had up to 17 girls varsity and junior varsity participating in his summer program, which includes some sessions at Morey Courts in Mount Pleasant.

It’s a three-week league at Morey Courts

“I’m trying to organize either a shootout here or I’m looking to take them someplace,” Higgins said. “We have had about four open gyms.”

At Morey Courts, there’s probably 18 or 19 varsity teams there and 12 or 13 JV teams,” Higgins said.

“It’s nice to play under one roof and get a pretty good variety of competition (Tuesdays and Thursdays).”

Higgins acknowledged that last season’s team probably didn’t have too much of an opportunity to work on basketball during the summer because of the coaching transition. Higgins took the coaching job in October.”

I think this has been positive,” he said. “It gets them playing, that’s the big thing. That’s a start. There’s a lot of things you can do. You can stress fundamentals in the gym but you have to be able to apply them. The biggest thing is getting kids playing... numbers, numbers, numbers.”