Evart girls still searching for their first win after loss on Thursday

EVART — The Evart girls basketball team fell to 0-6 on Thursday night as the visiting Lake City Trojans earned a 48-22 Highland Conference victory over the Wildcats. “At times we were able to cause turnovers,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “(We) just didn’t capitalize on any. We’d turn around and give the ball right back. We just didn’t take care of the ball (Thursday).” Turnovers were part of it, a lack of consistent offense was another part as the Wildcats mustered only single digits in each quarter. The Wildcats had a promising start right from the tip as Tabitha Turley got a quick two to take an early lead. Both teams struggled to manufacture points, as they were tied 4-4 with just 2:30 to play in the first quarter. The Trojans knocked down a few free throws to end the quarter with a 9-5 lead. The second quarter was another slow start for both squads. The Trojans started the second on a 4-0 run that spanned three minutes. The Wildcat faithful was brought back into things on a Kristen Kullman triple, but was quickly shushed after a few Lake City buckets pushed the lead to six points. The score stayed at 15-9 until the 1:50 mark when a Laraiah Schichtel leaner went down for the Trojans. The Trojans pushed the lead out to 10 with under a minute to go and hit a few free throws to put the score at 22-9 going into the half. The second half was more of the same for Evart. The Wildcats were held scoreless until a couple Sabrina McKay free throws went down four minutes into the quarter. Schichtel hit a few more jumpers in the lane to eventually extend the lead to 21. A late 3-pointer from Kullman made the score 34-16 in favor of the Trojans to end the quarter. The fourth saw both teams scoreless for the opening two minutes until a Trojan trey pushed the lead back over 20 points. Kullman and Tina Fournier started to fire from long-range for the Wildcats, but just couldn’t connect in the late game. The first fourth-quarter points for the Wildcats didn’t come until Kullman made two free throws with just 55 seconds left in the contest. Turley and Tasha Nelson made a few shots down the stretch for Evart, but when it was all said and done the Trojans took home a 48-22 win. “This team hasn’t quit all year,” Higgins said. “We’re getting better even if it might not show on the scoreboard and we’re starting to do more things. There’s been improvement, it’s a long process.” The Wildcats were led by seven points from Turley and six points from Kullman. Higgins and the Wildcats will go on their holiday break, playing next on Jan. 7 against Manton in Evart. But a holiday break won’t stop Higgins from trying to improve his team. “I set up a scrimmage in Farwell on Monday,” Higgins said. “After that we’ll come back after Christmas and will try to hook up with Central Montcalm for a scrimmage on the 30th.” LAKE CITY 48, EVART 22 LC 9 13 12 14 - 48 EV 5 4 7 7 - 22 EVART (0-6) Tina Fournier 1 2, Kristen Kullman 4 2-2 6, Tabitha Turley 3 1-2 7, Sabrina McKay 3-4 3, Natalie Belleville 1 0-2 2, Tasha Nelson 1 0-2 2