Evart sophomore hopeful of more basketball success

EVART — The Evart Wildcats girls basketball team started out the season with a victory over Farwell, but have lost five straight since.

Now that it’s the holiday break, players like sophomore Brooke Belleville are looking to refresh the batteries and get things going in the winning direction in January.

She’s the youngest player on the team as a sophomore and Belleville, who has been starting for the Wildcats, has observed various factors that have been plaguing the team. That includes allowing the opponents to get too many offensive rebounds.

Yet, this is a Wildcat team far more competitive than the one that didn’t win a game during the 2013-14 season.

“We’re doing good,” Belleville said. “We’ve really come a long way.”

While offensive rebounding is an area the Wildcats need improvement, Belleville agrees that there’s some strong things to build on.

“We’ve had good defense and have been moving our feet a lot,” she said. “There’s not as many fouls.”

The Wildcats have had problems in the past with starting players getting into quick foul trouble. Cutting down on that problem remains a priority.

Belleville said her role has been especially centered on passing and defense. She’s working on her shooting.

Evart plays at Lake City Jan. 8 in Highland Conference action.

“We have to come out strong and stay strong the whole game,” Belleville said.