Evart's season ends with district loss to Lake City

MCBAIN — Lake City used its superior height and sizzling 3-point shooting to fire out to huge early leads against Evart Monday night and hand the Wildcats a 65-39 Class C district first-round loss.

The Trojans exploded with a 28-3 second quarter and a 39-20 halftime advantage for it was too much for Evart to overcome.

Lake City (10-11) plays at McBain against Manton Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the second of two semifinal games. Pine River plays McBain at 6 p.m.

Evart’s season ends at 5-16.

The two teams split during the regular season, but Lake City was the superior team on Monday.

Danny Griffin hit a triple and field goal to keep Evart in the game early. Lucas Marion scored six first-quarter points to help his team have the edge.

But the Trojans were devastating on the boards in the second half and continually frustrated Evart’s effort to move the ball. The Wildcats were continually stymied in their efforts to drive to the basket against the taller Lake City players.

“We really got our press going and got them to speed it up and turn it over,” Lake City coach Brad Besko. “We were executing against their zone. We practiced and prepared for that. We got the ball where we needed to.”

Marion and Cade Petersen had seven points apiece in the second quarter.

Lake City had the hot scoring touch in the second, including Jake Anderson, who drilled in three 3-pointers.

“They shot the ball well,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “That’s the second game against their 2-3 zone that we can’t shoot. We’d get one shot. They left their feet, but we couldn’t take advantage of it. They are a tall team. They’re inches taller than our post players.”

Robbie Tapling had a 3-pointer for Evart early in the third, but Marion’s putback made it 45-13 at 6:05. Kory Root’s 3-point play made it 48-16 midway in the quarter. Late in the quarter, Marion fell during a collision and held his arm in pain as he went to the lockerroom. Besko said later he was hopeful Root could play Wednesday.

Peterson hit another triple later in the quarter and Lake City entered the fourth with a 57-21 lead.

“We really moved the ball well and got it in some great spots, and got some good looks and then we were able to set up our press,” Besko said. “That sped them up to turn the ball over. We carried the momentum from there. (The second) was really the key quarter.” 

Nolan VanOrder and Evart’s only other senior, Cody Fournier, combined for three points with 2:20 to play to cut Lake City’s lead to 64-35. VanOrder fouled out at 2:04

“It’s no excuse, we should have capitalized a little bit better and we didn’t,” Morgan said.

Tapling scored 12 points, while Noah Drake had 11 and Griffin nine for Evart.

Anderson and Marion both scored 15 for Lake City while Peterson had 10.