EVART ― Cody Fournier is one of only two senior returning players, and plenty will be expected of the Evart guard as the Wildcats dig into the first week of their new season.

Last season was Fournier’s first venture on the varsity level.

“It wasn’t a good year,” Fournier said of the 2013-14 season, noting that the senior-dominated team didn’t rack up as many wins as it would have preferred.

But as a point guard, Fournier was able to get extensive experience.

“We did a month or two (of offseason basketball work),” he indicated, adding that he’s ready to see more playing time and during the season, and the emphasis has been working on a “lot of distributing the ball. I’m pretty good all-around.”

He indicated dribbling might be his No. 1 strength. Defensively, Fournier is confident he and the Wildcats can excel.

“We’re getting there,” Fournier said as the preseason was coming to a close. “We’ll have the chemistry.”

Most of the players are new to the team, which will be small in size. He’s hoping the team will be strong in shooting. Evart was set to have a scrimmage last week and three road games this week, including Friday night at Central Montcalm.

Among the keys for success, Fournier indicated, will be “shooting the 3-ball good.” He’ll be looking to attempt 3-pointers himself and said the key to having a good percentage is “taking it when it’s there.”

The Wildcats will be battling in a tough Highland Conference with the likes of Pine River, Beal City, Manton and McBain.