Morley Stanwood girls basketball downs Evart

Evart's Kelci Elder (20) gets set to battle Morley Stanwood's Braelyn Berry for a possible rebound. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Evart's Kelci Elder (20) gets set to battle Morley Stanwood's Braelyn Berry for a possible rebound. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

MORLEY -- Morley Stanwood (17-3) worked on getting ready for next week's girls basketball district action with a 54-39 nonleague win on Tuesday, Feb. 25, over Evart (11-9).

Leading 23-16 at halftime, the Mohawks went on a 13-0 run to open the third. Kalee Ramsey's layup made it 30-16 with 6:12 to play. And Brooke Brauher's layup made it 34-16 at 4:44. Mackenzie VanBuren scored for Evart with 49 seconds left in the quarter to make it a 37-22 game. Elder scored seconds later for Evart and it was 37-24.

Elder scored to open the quarter for the Mohawks. Breanna Berry followed with a basket. VanBuren had a 3-point play for Evart to cut the gap to 38-29.

Gray had a 3-point play for Evart and it was 41-32. Ramsey netted a triple at 5:22 for a 44-32 Mohawk lead. Brauher's layup at 2:48 made it 49-35. Gray hit a layup for the Wildcats who would not go away quietly.

"It's been a tough week for us as we're getting close to the end of the season and there's the motivation being there and everything" Mohawk coach Rob Brauher said. "The girls did a good job when they were in. We kept giving Evart opportunities to drive to the rim, which I didn't like seeing. We sustained and did some good things tonight

Malorie Bialek hit a triple for the Mohawks to make it 52-37 late in the game.

Morley Stanwood built a 10-6 lead after the first quarter. Ramsey and Brauher both had four points in the quarter and Addy Gray had five for Evart. Breanna Berry had a putback in the third for an 18-7 lead. Gray hit two free throws and Kelci Elder had a 3-point play to cut the Mohawk lead to 20-16 late in the half. Brauher hit a triple before the half ended for the seven-point halftime edge.

"That's a really good Morley Stanwood team," Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. "If we take out the first four minutes of the first quarter and the first four minutes of the third quarter, we hung with them pretty good."

For the Mohawks, Brauher had 19 points, Breanna Berry added 15, Ramsey had nine and Emma Doyle four.

"We did some good things tonight," Brauher said. "We have to get better on our defense and not let those drives happen. We did a good job of running up the floor and sharing the ball."

Gray had 15 for Evart, followed by Elder with nine, VanBuren with five and Livia Hopkins with four. Evart was 10-of-13 in free-throw shooting.

"Addy had a good game but we have a lot girls who were cold tonight," Tiedt said.