Senior hoping for ‘Moore’ with Wildcats

EVART — Haley Moore is optimistic that her last season for the Evart Wildcats’ girls basketball team will be her best.

It’s the third varsity season for Moore. Her first two seasons with the Wildcats “were pretty good,” she said. “It was kind of a rough transition. But they were good to me.”

Her role at guard this season for the Wildcats has been to focus on defense.

“I’ve always been a tough defensive player,” she said. “My offense has gotten a little better. That’s something I’ve been working on. I’ve gotten more confidence.”

The Wildcats are 1-2 but perhaps could have won one more game, Moore said.

“We still have things to work on,” she said. “We need to be more of a threat on offense. We haven’t been shooting very much.”

Moore has been focusing on her entire offense, including ball handling.

“We’re coming for every game,” she said. “I think if we come to play, we should do very well.

In nonleague action Dec. 7, Evart lost at home to Vestaburg 36-27. Evart trailed 14-10 at halftime.

Kortney Dennis scored eight points and had 13 rebounds. Chelsea Bengry had seven points and 13 rebounds.

Putting the ball in the basket has been a problem for the Wildcats, coach Larry Brown noted.

“We start out slow, then it takes us a couple of quarters to get going,” he said. “We’ll get better at it throughout the year.”

Brown acknowledged that Bengry and Dennis continue to play well.

“We knew that going throughout the year,” he said. “We knew we’d have good post play. We need to have guards that can hit from the outside.”

Evart is at Beal City Tuesday and at home Friday vs. Lake City in Highland Conference play.

“Beal City was young last year so they bring back a lot,” Brown said. “They’ll probably run on us. I don’t know a lot about Lake City.”