Evart senior using summer to get ready for basketball

EVART — Tina Fournier has been getting ready for her senior sports season, which will include basketball.

Fournier and other players have been working on their game with camps, scrimmages and open gyms.

Recently, Fournier was among the players taking advantage of open gym opportunities and working on her game. Shooting baskets and working on certain drills have been an emphasis at the open gyms.

During the summer, Fournier has worked on “my ball handling and focusing on the game,” she said, noting that plenty of progress has been made. “We’ve been working on ball handling a lot.”

Protecting the ball has been a main emphasis during the summer for the Wildcats, who hope to significantly cut down on turnovers this season.

Fournier, who also runs track, indicated she might add volleyball to the list of her sports for the 2014-15 season. She said the volleyball team has been having open gyms. Practices for that season start August 13.

Summer ball, Fournier agreed, is vital for players in order to enjoy success for their team during the regular season.

“It depends on when the sport is,” Fournier said. “For basketball, it will help us get in shape better.”

With a coaching transition last season, the Wildcats weren’t able to have a structured summer basketball schedule. Paul Higgins is heading into his second year as coach and has worked with his players these past several weeks.

“We’re doing a lot more,” Fournier said.