Evart junior guard set to boost team's basketball fortunes

EVART — Evart’s girls basketball team entered the holiday break with an 0-6 record but players like junior Tabby Turley see some promising fortunes taking place when the Wildcats resume play in January.

In late December,  Evart lost to Vestaburg and Lake City. The Wildcats are off until Jan. 7 when they have a home game with Manton.

“We played well on defense until we got tired,” Turley said after the Vestaburg game. “But we got tired and weren’t putting up a lot of shots.”

The Wildcats have had to play without sophomore center Mara

VanOrder, who was out all of last week because of an ankle sprain. Evart coach Paul Higgins is hoping VanOrder will return to the lineup in January. VanOrder’s absence, Turley noted, has affected the team “quite a bit.

“She’s our No. 1 post so it’s kind of hard without her,” she said. “But we’re making due.”

VanOrder’s return will help from the rebounding standpoint, Turley added.

Against Vestaburg, “I had a good defensive game, not my best offensive game,” Turley said, adding that the team will continue to focus on “our offense and moving the ball. Our defense is doing well. We need to put up more shots and make more shots.”

Since the first game, the team has improved.

“We know our offense a lot better,” Turley said. “We know where to go with the ball. We’re learning about our teammates a lot better.”