Evart heads into break with a victory

ON THE MOVE; Evart's Tabby Turley (left) drives to the basket against Harrison during girls basketball action Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
ON THE MOVE; Evart's Tabby Turley (left) drives to the basket against Harrison during girls basketball action Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART – Evart’s girls basketball team will get to enter the holidays in a joyous mood following Monday's 41-37 non-league victory over Harrison.

Saige Nabozny netted 13 points while Kristen Kullman added 12 on four triples and Mara VanOrder added 11 points to lead the Wildcats attack.

“Saige and Kristen stepped up. Kullman hit some big threes for us and shot with confidence,” said Evart coach Larry Brown. “Saige hit big free throws down the stretch for us.”

Nabozny scored seven points in the first quarter while Kullman added a 3-pointer and Tabby Turley a 3-point play for the Wildcats, who were up 7-0 before Harrison finally scored.

The Wildcats were up 15-6 after the first quarter.

Harrison started taking advantage of its inside strength in the second quarter with post players Allison Lipovsky and Hillary Brewer netting four points apiece. Nabozny scored four points in the quarter, all from the free-throw line. But the Wildcats only had one field goal in the quarter and hung onto a 21-19 lead at halftime.

Kullman sank a triple at 6:46 of the third to give Evart a 24-21 lead. VanOrder scored a free throw and layup for a 27-21 lead with 5:30 to play. It was 29-27 Evart, after three.

Nabozny continued her strong free throw shooting with two more fouls shots at 7:20 for a 31-27 lead. Kullman triple at 6:16 made it 34-29. Turnovers continued to plague both teams. VanOrder’s putback at 4:20 made it 36-31, Evart. But the Hornets wouldn't go away. Kullman sank another triple at 2:05 and it was 39-35.

VanOrder fouled out with 1:50 to play.

Kullman grabbed a key defensive rebound with 1:35 to play, enabling Evart to kill more time.

Lipovsky scored for Harrison with a minute to play to make it a two-point game.

Lydia Wetters hit one free throw for a 40-37 lead with 21.9 seconds to play. And again at 19.8 seconds for a 41-37 lead. Time ran out on Harrison.

“We didn’t fold our cards,” Brown said. “We played solid defense and didn’t force a lot of shots, waited for them to give us something and made free throws down the stretch.”

VanOrder had eight rebounds while Nabozny had five assists.

“VanOrder is our best athlete on our team,” Brown said. “She’s getting used to the speed and will get better each game when she learns how to control her speed on the court. What a great asset for us. She’s our leading scorer right now.”

Brewer had 10 points for Harrison.

“Our passing is still holding us back a little bit,” said Harrison coach Kelly Houghton. “Although we’re down in turnovers, we’re still passing over our girls at key times. Rebounding, we beat them, but we didn’t have putbacks. Our guards shot 23 percent from the floor. You have to put the ball in the hole.”

Evart, 2-4, plays at Manton Jan. 3 in Highland Conference action.

Harrison is 1-4.

EVART 41, HARRISON 37

Harrison 6 13 8 10 -- 37

Evart 15 6 8 11 -- 41

HARRISON (1-4)

Erica Heckman 1 5-6 7, Brooke Colville 2 0-0 4, Mandy Houck 0 0-1 0, Hillary Brewer 5 0-0 10, Katelynn Sherrick 0 0-1 0, Olivia Sharp 3 0-2 6, Brandi Powell 2 0-0 4, Allison Lipovsky 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 5-10 37.

EVART (2-4)

Kristin Kullman 0(4) 0-0 12, Lydia Wetters 0 2-10 2 Mara VanOrder 5 1-3 11, Saige Nabozny 1(1) 8-11, 13, Taylor McLachlan 0 0-2 0, Tabby Turley 1 1-1 3, Sydney Cleland 0 0-0 0. Totals 7(5) 12-26 41.