State-ranked Lake City too much for Evart
EVART -- Too much overall firepower from Lake City overwhelmed Evart's girls basketball team in Monday's 56-22 Highland Conference game.
Olivia Bellows scored 21 points while cousins Chloe Bisballe and Rylie Bisballe added 16 and 15 respectively as first-place Lake City (11-1, 13-1) dominated the action from the opening tip over Evart (4-7, 7-7).
Lake City posted a 52-22 home win over Evart earlier in the season.
The Trojans, ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press Division 3 poll, was up 37-11 at halftime.
Rylie Brisballe netted a pair of triples to ignite Lake City to an 8-0 lead. She followed later with some baseliners and sparked the Trojans to a 20-4 first-quarter advantage.
Evart freshman Addy Gray scored a pair midway in the second but the Trojans were well in control 28-9. The Trojans continued to hurt the Wildcats with the fast break. Kara Henry scored for Evart to make it 32-11 but the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to end the first half.
"I was hoping to be a little more competitive out of the gate," Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. "We are really starting slow in quite a few of our games. The story of our season is I feel we're getting some shots inside but we can't put them in. We wanted to force them outside a little bit with our zone. But credit them, they knocked down four threes off the bat."
Lake City was 7-of-10 in 3-point shooting.
"They're ranked like they are for a reason," Tiedt said.
Bisballe ignited the Trojans to a 16-0 run to open the second half as the running clock started midway in the quarter. Skylar Baumgardner scored Evart's first points of the quarter on a driving layup. It was 53-13 going into the final eight minutes.
The Wildcats opened the fourth on a 6-0 run.
"We were hoping to hit them in the mouth right at the beginning," Evart senior Kaylee Ladd said. "Unfortunately we weren't able to do that. I think not having school today (for weather reasons) set us back."
Gray had seven points for Evart while Baumgardner had seven, Henry five and Kelci Elder and Elizabeth Goodwin two apiece.
"We shared the ball well," Trojan coach Bill Tisron said. "We're getting better each day."
Evart is at McBain NMC on Wednesday and Houghton Lake on Friday.
"We need to pull out one of those and hopefully both," Tiedt said.