Nothing beats balance: Well-rounded scoring attack leads Evart

Wildcats knock off Beal City for first win

EVART— Balanced scoring paved the way to a 60-32 Highland Conference win for Evart over Beal City on Friday night.

But it’s the kind of script the Wildcats hope to be writing all season.

Freshman Kyrah Gray scored 13 points while Brooklyn Decker scored 12 and Emma Dyer had 11 in a 28-point win which opened the Wildcats’ league season.

“I think we played really good in this game  and it was nice to bounce back after our loss (Tuesday vs. Sanford Meridian),” Decker said.

Other top scorers for Evart were Ally Theunick with nine, Addy Gray with eight and Faith Hamilton with six. Liliana Leppert led Beal City with 16.

“It was very exciting to see the girls come together and play very unselfishly,” Evart coach Carrie Kunkle said. “We had a lot of steals late in the game, which showed patience and discipline. It was nice for Faith Hamilton at the end to hit the reverse, that put the frosting on the cake.”

The Wildcats led 8-6 after the first quarter and 26-18 at halftime. The Wildcats offense was clicking effectively with Addy Gray dribbling a pass to Brianna Cass for a layup and 35-23 Evart lead. Kyrah Gray scored two straight baskets for a 39-23 advantage. It was 39-27 going into the fourth. 

The Wildcat offense continued to sizzle. Decker netted two straight triples for a 50-30 lead with 5:19 to play. Kyrah Gray netted a triple to end the scoring late in the game.

Kunkle enjoyed the balanced scoring for her team.

“In order for us to build a championship program, we have to have a lot of diverse scoring,” Kunkle said.

The Wildcats (1-1) play at Reed City Tuesday in nonleague action and take on Lake City in a key league game at home on Thursday.