Evart junior focusing on sparking Wildcats’ inside game

Mikaya Wallace
Mikaya Wallace

EVART — Coach Paul Higgins is looking for several of his juniors to come through in major form for the rest of the season.

That includes Mikaya Wallace, a junior, in her first year on the Evart varsity after two JV seasons,

At 5-10, Wallace is among the tallest players on the team. But she’s been trying to adjust to the faster pace, higher intensity game on the varsity level.

She also played volleyball and Wallace agreed that the transition to basketball may have been trickier because of the speed involved in the winter sport.

Rebounding continues to be a key role for Wallace, while also taking the shot if it’s there.

Boxing out is a key goal for Wallace who said the quality of her performances “depends on the game.”

She’s had three rebounds in a couple of games. If someone is in foul trouble, Wallace quickly comes into the lineup.

The Wildcats won against Marion recently for its third win.

“We’ve gotten better,” Wallace said. “I think we’re kind of at a standstill right now. Hopefully, it’s coming back after break.”

Wallace is focusing on more putbacks from the offensive end.

Among the best games for the Wildcats was against Farwell, a win, in the season opener.

“We were very intense, it was fast-paced and we played our game more,” Wallace said.

Evart is at Beal City Thursday.

“We need to pick up the intensity and look to score more and play our own game, and faster paced,” Wallace said.

She’s expecting a tough Highland Conference schedule.

“PIne River I think is (one of the) the best teams,” she said.