Tapling finishes strong varsity season

EVART — Robbie Tapling was hoping the season would last a little longer for the Evart boys basketball team.

Tapling scored 12 points for the Wildcats in their 65-39 loss to Lake City in the Class C district Monday.

The loss ended Evart’s season at 5-16.

Evart split with Lake City during the regular season, but was outscored 28-3 in the second quarter.

“We had trouble the second time we played them with their press and their 2-3 zone,” Tapling said. “They run a good 2-3. We couldn’t set up an offense against it. They were hitting. Hats off to them. You can’t beat a team when they’re hitting that many shots.”

This was Tapling’s first full varsity season and as a junior he was among the leading scorers on a team that didn’t have any returning starters.

“Rob is a junior captain of our team,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “He is also our defensive stopper. Night after night, he consistently guards and shuts down the other team’s best guard/forward.”

Tapling averaged 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and five assists per game.

“I think it went better than expected,” he said. “It was a learning year We came into the season knowing we’re a young team. It was a good first year for all of us.”

Tapling was actually hoping he could do more this year. 

“I think I played below average for me,” he said. “I had higher expectations for myself. It was a good learning year for all of us, development for next season. It comes down to hitting our shots. We’ll spend a lot of time in open gyms. I want to work on my ball handling and shooting overall.”