EVART — Kristen Kullman is confident and optimistic as she enters her third and final season with the Evart girls basketball team.

Kullman will be among the key leaders for this year’s squad. “I think we’ll be better than last year,” she said. “We’re much older and experienced.”

Most of the Evart players are back from last year.

It was a busy summer and offseason for Kullman and her teammates.

“We played almost all of June and a little in July,” Kullman said. “We went to Morey Courts.”

She’s looking for this team to provide more offense, play better defense and cut down on mental mistakes.

“I’ll probably still be a shooting guard,” Kullman said. “I hope (her shooting) will be better than last year.”

She’s confident of having a better shooting percentage, especially making sure she takes the shot when it’s there.

“We’re going to work a lot of defense,” Kullman said.

The season starts at home Dec. 2 against Farwell and continues at Chippewa Hills on Dec. 5. The Wildcats also have a streak of home games Dec. 15, 16 and 19 with Montabella, McBain NMC and Beal City in one week.

The Highland Conference will be tough again with the likes of McBain and Beal City.

“Working together,” will be a key to beating tough teams,” Kullman said, adding that it will be “very important” to set the tone right away and get off to a good start.