Lakeview too much for Evart in opener

MY BALL: Evart's Kristin Kullman grabs the ball during Tuesday's action against Lakeview. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
MY BALL: Evart's Kristin Kullman grabs the ball during Tuesday's action against Lakeview. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART -- Mara VanOrder had an impressive freshman debut for the Evart varsity girls basketball team but the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a powerhouse Lakeview attack in a 60-20 loss to open the season for both teams Tuesday night.

VanOrder scored 10 points for the Wildcats while sophomore Kristin Kullman and senior Saige Nabozny had five points apiece.

Lakeview, which hopes to be a factor this season in the Central State Activities Association, was led by Megan Leach with 19 and Andrea Henry with 16, while Estelle Molitor added 14.

Vanorder had a big night in her first varsity game.

“I’m glad she’s got a game under her belt now,” said Evart’s Howard Hyde serving as acting coach in the absence of Larry Brown, who is out for personal reasons. “It’s a huge difference going from eighth grade basketball to varsity. I thought she did a fine job. She’s going to get better. She’s going to be a good basketball player.”

Leach had nine points and Henry added seven in the first quarter to give Lakeview a 20-5 lead despite a three-pointer from Nabozny.

Kullman sank a triple early in the second and VanOrder netted a pair of hoops but Lakeview was in command 33-20 at halftime.

“I wasn’t real disappointed with our defense,” Hyde said. “Unfortunately, most of their points came off of our turnovers. When we played half-court defense, I didn’t think we did a bad job. Offensively, it’s a struggle. We have a lot of work to do.”

Kullman scored to open the second half, but Evart struggled offensively the rest of the way with Lakeview netting 15 unanswered points for a 48-14 lead going into the fourth. VanOrder scored four more points in the fourth.

“I thought our kids played hard,” said Lakeview coach Corey Kohler. “We struggled with their 1-3-1 defense a little bit in the second quarter. We lost momentum a little bit but we got it back.

“I feel good about this team,” he continued. “We’re seasoned enough that we should handle anything thrown at us. It’s a smart group of kids.”

Evart plays Friday night at Chippewa Hills in non-league play but the coaching situation remains unclear.

“I know I’m doing practice Wednesday and Thursday and the game Friday,” Hyde said. “After that, I don’t know.”

LAKEVIEW 60, EVART 20

Lakeview 20 13 15 12 -- 60

Evart 5 7 2 6 -- 20

Lakeview (1-0)

Andrea Henry 5(2) 0-2 16, Megan Leach 8 3-4 19, Lauren Jaquays 0 1-2 1, Estelle Molitor 5(1) 1-1 14, Maddie Shurlow 2 1-2 5, Becca Mathrew 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Lint 1 0-2 2, Audrey Cornell 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 (3) 7-15 60.

Evart (0-1)

Kristen Kullman 1(1) 0-0 5; Tabitha Turley 0 0-0,0 Mara Vanorder 5 0-2 10, Saige Nabozny (1) 0-0 5 Taylor McLachlan 0 0-0 0. Sydney Cleland 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 (2) 0-2 20.