Kullman set to be key contributor for Evart girls basketball team

EVART — Kristin Kullman is among the Evart girls basketball players that new coach Paul Higgins will be counting upon to make key contributions this season.

The Wildcats opened Tuesday at Farwell. They have their first home game Friday against Chippewa Hills.

It’s Kullman’s second varsity season. Last season was a learning year of sorts but the player numbers are higher this year from seven to 11. Kullman worked on her game a lot during the offseason, including with AAU. She focused on shooting and dribbling.

“I’ve been learning to play with new members which we’ll have this year,” she said.

Kullman is looking at shooting threes this season and hopes to be effective again in that area. The key in shooting the threes is being relaxed, she added.

“Our speed and hustling,” Kullman said, should be among the team’s strengths this season.

Four girls graduated from last year’s team.

‘We only have two seniors. We’re young,” she said, adding that the Wildcats can be competitive throughout the season in most, if not all of their games.

The Wildcats also have a new coach with Paul Higgins, but the team has been able to make the transition, Kullman said.

The Highland Conference will again be competitive, Kullman said.

“It will be Pine River, (Beal City), McBain, the usual,” she replied when asked which league squads will provide the toughest competition.

The Wildcats open the league season at McBain Northern Michigan Christian next Tuesday and are at Beal City Dec. 13.